Msg#: 4395668 posted 6:28 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Here an official blog post [analytics.blogspot.com ] with a link to a detailed article. I didn't tested yet, is a good thread.
Msg#: 4395668 posted 6:49 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
The thread that rowtc2 shared is interesting - but I think it has a slightly different slant. There they are discussing the issue of Previews registering as real visitors, when in truth they are only "mechanical" signs of Google's Preview interface.
As I understand ken_b's question, he would like to count visitors who clicked on the preview link to visit his site, compared to those who clicked on the regular SERP listing.
If I understand the question correctly, unfortunately I have no answer. There doesn't appear to be any difference between the regular SERP link and the link that appears above the Page Preview - so the referrers would appear identical.
In regard to the link that rowtc2 shared, Google's "fix" was apparently for Google Analytics, but your own server logs would still show inflated numbers if the Page Preview was not already in the cache but was generated at the time of a search.
Msg#: 4395668 posted 7:01 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
|As I understand ken_b's question, he would like to count visitors who clicked on the preview link to visit his site, compared to those who clicked on the regular SERP listing. |
Ideally I'd like to know how many people looked at the preview itself, and how many of those people then clicked either the preview image or the regular serps link and actually came to my site.
Msg#: 4395668 posted 7:50 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
If visitors that use Instant Preview are a small number, maybe other data is not important.
In link from my first post is a comment that send to this page [url]https://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-instant-previews[/url] and we see is used "Google Web Preview" special user-agent when user see a preview, probably statistics can be done via server logs ?
If the percent of users that use Instant Preview is significant, also will be interesting to know which pages has been previewed without clicks (in order to improve them).
Msg#: 4395668 posted 7:57 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
|Ideally I'd like to know how many people looked at the preview itself, and how many of those people then clicked either the preview image or the regular serps link and actually came to my site. |
The preview isn't generated dynamically, it's held on Google's server so there's no way of knowing how many people look at it.
Msg#: 4395668 posted 9:24 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
I posted some information on detecting instant preview at [webmasterworld.com...]
As far as I can tell the only way to see if a user clicks on the instant preview is to see if the very next entry in your logs is from the same visitor (ie same IP) - difficult but not impossible: you have to be able to detect X-Purpose first and cross-match.
In the eight days from 1st December, I've detected ten Instant Preview hits compared with about 240 Safari Preview hits. So, not popular on my server (about 50 sites) but mine are possibly not typical sites.
Msg#: 4395668 posted 11:30 pm on Dec 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the comments folks. Gives me a little better understanding of the issues.