Msg#: 4227 posted 12:39 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)
Hi to all. After my request, Google sent me a form for subscription of his "Analytics" service, to use inside my web sites. Before to proceed with registration, I want to clear in my mind some problems. Google's spiders can retrieve only a subset of static informations about the structure of a web site. With this new tool, free to use, Google wants to enforce his database, with a new set of possibilities about information retrieval, such as the dinamic behaviour of the users. This possibilities are impossible with traditional tools. I see possible to retrieve information about users traffic from others search engines. I see possible to understand what a user do inside a web site (in this case I'm thinking about the use of Analytics service inside reserved areas of a web site). This new kind of informations are valuable. Then, before to use the service, I'm thinking about plus and minus. Can we discuss about this solution? What do you think about that? Is there any possibilities about this retrieved data can be redistributed as public informations? Thanks to all for the attention.
Our major gripe is that there can be days at a time when there seems to be no data collected. For 3 days this week, the stats reported by GA are 90% below normal - it appeared that data collection stopped or slowed to a crawl.
We are now using it for trends and Adwords / funnel analysis rather than absolute metrics. I have no confidence on GA delivering the latter.
I'm finding that the Site Overlay feature in GA is the returning the most interesting information for me. Some links that I thought were important get absolutely no clicks and others that I might have casually added to a header get a huge amount of clicks. I'm wondering if it is truly accurate though as I get the feeling it is showing me the total amount of clicks that the site gets to a certain page, not necassarily just the specific link (I'm almost positive that 4,697 people did not click on the contact us link on the home page last week) I have just started using the Goals feature and it is showing up in the site overlay as green bars along with normal blue bars. It's all pretty interesting but GA feels a bit like a work-in-progress.