mrguy - 9:23 pm on Jun 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
My experience with analytics is as follows:
Iíll preface this to say it involves my own affiliate sites and not any of the bigger brick and mortar sites for businesses that are clients of mine. They use analytics and have no problems.
I have a large number of affiliate sites. Early on, I put roughly 8 of those sites into analytics to test it out. This was before Panda or Penguin and actually a few years ago.
These are not thin affiliate sites. They all have unique content and offer value to the user. The 8 sites I had analytics got hit with -50 penalties or worse. Not a single other site in my network was hit, only the sites in analytics.
You can draw whatever conclusions you want from that. I drew my own and started using Piwik.