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Is anyone happy with it?

     
4:55 pm on Jul 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm extremelly underwhelmed by the data available via the Google Analytics reports. Is anyone pleased with it?

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1:19 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am very happy with it. I use it for an ecommerce site and have setup complete conversion goals down to tranaction amounts. Combined with sitemaps it provides all the data I need. The data is not bias and even provides revenue data for all traffic sources. For example I can see that keyword x results in $y per visit from MSN organic search results. Very useful data.
12:50 am on July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How I can make more friends at here?
1:19 am on July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am not happy with Google Analytics at all. I think it gives you a ton of data and if you invest the time to get it up and running then it is a good analytics tool.

However, for a small business I think it is far too complex and far too hard to use. It also does not allow you to test two different versions on any page in real time, which is a far better way to rapidly improve your website.

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9:03 am on July 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Whoa, how can u not like it? I think it displays complex data in a very neat way - easy to understand, but always with the option to dig deeper or compare data on the fly.

And - its free. :)

9:51 am on July 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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its free

Far from it - you hand all your data over to Google.

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10:02 am on July 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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*Google rubs hands with glee*
10:10 am on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Use it side by side with another counter service. To me Analytics generates the same amount of data as the other service but I like the way Google present their data. It's much more simple to get an overview of the incoming piles of data.
5:01 pm on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am impressed with GA so far. I've used WebTrends for years and found it to be slow, patches always change my results and it took a full-time web analytics developer to keep going. GA is fast, it's FREE, provides most reports I and management needs. Plus, if I need more capabilities, I could just upgrade to the Urchin software and not have to learn a new system.
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Using the Firefox browser, it seems difficult to get much out of the reports.

The most helpful thing I've learned from using it is that most of my site's visitors use 1024 x 768 screen resolution.

Since statistics are already logged on my site's server, and since it could slow down page loading, I'm thinking of removing it.

9:29 pm on Aug 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Firefox is my browser of choice and I have not had any issues using GA. What problems are you experiencing?
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In order to explain what I'm seeing I'd have to post a screen capture. I haven't seen a report in about a month because I've given up, but basically there are four white boxes that appear on the right. Clicking on them or their corners does nothing. I don't understand their function or what's supposed to happen.

I've been meaning to try viewing an Analytics report with a different browser but I always have more important things to do.

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Its the best 'free' analytics tool ive used thus far. The ones provided by the web hosts have either been too simple or have not worked properly with huge 'down times' distorting the data. One problem I have with it is it doesnt doesn't display visits from robots
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After looking at the reports again (still with Firefox), I see that things look very different than they did two weeks ago. Everything works for me now. It's a lot better, and I'm happy.
10:19 am on Aug 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The only feature I'd want is some way of tracking pdf downloads.
10:13 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I would like to be able to zoom in on the maps to get more geographical data. Unless I am doing something wrong, zooming in on the UK just produces very big over-lapping blobs, almost the size of England. I would like to be able to see smaller blobs on a bigger map so that I can pinpoint cities.
12:27 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The graphs are easy to manipulate with and if you want you can zoom into details.