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tonynoriega




msg:3790867
 10:09 pm on Nov 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

dumb question here... i see in the goals setup page i only have 10 input fields for steps...

i have 15 steps involved in my goal process... uhhhhh is there anyway to add more steps?

if i omit any of the pages in the process, the goal process breaks and thus will not be counted...right?

so if i put step 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, thankyou.aspx

in my goals setup, and the users will eventually go to step 4, my goal is broken right?

 

Insomniak




msg:3792482
 3:48 pm on Nov 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

That seems like a lot, could you simplify your goal process?

Does anyone ever make it to the end after jumping through 15 hoops to get there?

tonynoriega




msg:3792688
 1:20 am on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

its an application process. and unfortunately, its governed by a governmental agency, no way around that.

i wonder if i put page 1 of the application and page 15 the final page of the application, if they still go through steps 2-14, is it going to register as a goal?

or is analytics looking for them to go from 1 to 15..?

Insomniak




msg:3792711
 2:14 am on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

i see, how about multiple goals then, eg:
halfway finished (steps 1-7) is goal #1 and
completion (steps 8-15) is goal #2

caribguy




msg:3792742
 3:31 am on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

If I read the analytics page right, the steps are optional.

Define Funnel (optional)
A funnel is a series of pages leading up to to the Goal URL. For example, the funnel *may* include steps in your checkout process that lead to the thank you page (goal).
[..]the funnels and 'Required step' that you've defined here only apply to the Funnel Visualization Report.

In other words: define the "confirmation / thank you" page after submittal of the application as the goal. The steps are only needed if you want to see how visitors navigate to reach the goal (and possibly abandon the funnel). I presume that marking the first step as required will determine which applicants are counted toward the goal.

tonynoriega




msg:3793022
 3:11 pm on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

So if i put my requied page, the first page of the application... and the goal page thankyou.aspx

it should work just fine right?

if they abandon then oh well, its not a goal...

ill try that and see how it works.

now, i could for instance, also put page 2, 5, 7, 9...etc..

in between to get a better visualization of the process, but not necessary right?

caribguy




msg:3793248
 8:16 pm on Nov 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

put page 2, 5, 7, 9...etc.. in between to get a better visualization of the process, but not necessary

Yes, that's how I understand it too.

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