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Google Analytics could cost you money!
It's slowing page delivery for me

 9:20 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I thought that this merits its own thread.

I installed Google Analytics to see what it offered, I like it but there is a big problem.

I have seen a drop in conversion for the test site which is in line with a drop in page delivery.

Does anyone else have a similar problem? Am I just imagining it?

I have removed the code and tested page delivery to find a definate difference.

Any thoughts?



 9:41 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree

ever since I signed up for google analytics, all my pages have slowed to a crawl. otoh, i took it off a couple of pages and it seems that it's either NOT the analytics, or they don't stop checking the pages when you take the code off.

i suspect it's google adsense that is now very slow (i took it off, and the pages speeded up), but it may have been caused by them overloading their systems with the analytics. i just dont know.

but it seems very strange that the slowdown occurred when analytics was being pushed, just after quite a lot of us may have signed up at once.


 10:16 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes! The MediaPartners & Googlebot robots dont wanna work anymore. Check your logs. G will begin lose money (and us too).

Google Analytics should overloading G servers. Argh! Buy new servers before the world domination heh


 2:29 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I see the same problems. I hope these things will improve very soon.


 2:44 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

I removed it 4 days after install ..to heavy loads to slow and although it's nice for what I do awstats , webalizer and my logs are just fine .


 8:46 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

seems like the big G is getting overloaded: they're stopping new subscribers while they sort themselves out, lol.

makes you think, though, when even Google can be caught out by underestimating demand...


 9:27 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

I noticed this on several sites I visit frequently. Apart from slowing the page load it made me realize how much knowledge is getting into the hands of one company, however non-evil they may be. I'm not particularly paranoid about this kind of thing, but it's enough to make it the first site (google-analytics-.com) I've ever blocked from loading on my computers.


 12:37 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)


I've proven to myself the urchin code does not have to be in the HEAD section of your HTML to work properly, although in my case I do have it near the top BODY.

Now I'm going to try putting the urchin code into an IFrame which of course always loads with the page, it may load asynchronously. This decouples the urchin code servers performance from page rendering time.

I'll try to report back in a couple days if the urchin/ Google Analytics code works from an IFrame.


 12:49 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

It is possible to download the script and install it on your web server instead of pulling it from the google analytics site. That was the way Urchin OnDemand was setup before becoming Google Analytics.


 2:25 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

urchin code into an IFrame

Will this make page tracking, conversions, keyword tracking all useless. The page will always be the iframe page. It wont record conversions and in summary work as a visit counter and thats all.
I could be wrong though


 7:57 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I thought Google said somewhere that the script would only be downloaded the first time and then it would be in the users cache. Why is this affecting every page?


 11:23 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Monday evening AdSense run into problems delivering ads in Europe. Since then we lost about 90% CTR on all adblocks beside the first one (position in html-code).


If this is related Analytics REALY does cost money.


 12:27 pm on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I think I am going to take it off my two sites for slowness reasons and because Webalizer and Awstats will do the trick.

I'll keep it on the site I have no stats for though...not mine! Ha!


 4:21 pm on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

There's an interesting article about a bug in Google Analytics, which has apparently now been fixed.


makes you wonder

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