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google analytics code slowing down links



5:29 pm on Nov 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Our website is setup so that any link clicked within "domain.com/Referrals/" is counted as a goal. Currently, every html file in this /Referrals/ directory has the google analytics code directly in the file. This tracks goals and pageviews just fine, however, it is adding significant load times (2-3 seconds) when any link is clicked. We have looked at our files and they just simple redirects, and I think it hangs for a few seconds while loading the GA code.

My question is - Is there anyway to decrease this load time? Is this standard or could there be another reason why I am experiencing this extra few seconds of load time?



12:32 am on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Anytime code is loaded from a third party there is the possibility of increased delay. I don't know of a way to reduce that time.


6:48 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yeah not sure if it's possible or if there is anything we can do about that. I guess I'm wondering if it's standard to have this extra few seconds of load while calling the GA code.


7:30 pm on Nov 28, 2011 (gmt 0)


You might want to take a look into event tracking. See the below example of event tracking attached to a link. This shouldn't take multiple seconds to track referrals.

<a href="http://www.webmasterworld.com/" onClick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Referrals', 'Click', 'Referral name']);">Anchor</a>

You can use events to set-up goals in Google Analytics.


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