|SetVar causing 99.37% bounce rate|
A rather advanced topic - glad if you could help
| 8:28 am on Dec 6, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I've implemented the following in a site:
Whenever a user is logged in, and views a page, I call:
Whenever a user is not logged in and views a page, I call
Then, I've created a separate analytics profile, where I've created the following custom filter:
Exclude Filter Field: User Defined
Filter Pattern: Anonymouse
Case sensitive: No
Result? much less traffic, 99.37% bounce rate, 8 seconds avg. time per visit. I KNOW that this data isn't true.
Could it be that calling _setvar in every page causes this? Any other ideas?
Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
| 9:49 am on Dec 6, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Yes, calling _setvar on every page is causing problems. I'm a bit perplexed as to why you're seeing such a high bounce rate, but it doesn't surprise me.
Basically, _setvar should only be used to set things that you're pretty sure won't be changing too often; say whether the visitor prefers coke or pepsi. The _setvar cookie lasts a long time (last time I checked it was two years, but may be less now) and in terms of how the data is shown in the reports, I'm pretty sure only the first one during a vistor's session counts. I'm actually surprised you're seeing many visits at all in the profile you created; I would expect most of your visits to show up as Anonymouse, as most people are until they log in.
then you could create a filter to just include page URL's that started with /Anonymouse or /Member.
| 1:31 pm on Dec 7, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Wow, that was helpful! Thank you very much. I'll try this and let you know what the results are..