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7:54 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Good day!

Do you know any good tools that accurately track how much
time a user spend on your site (ss:mm:hh)?

Looked all over, tested many, nothing found.

People in this section sound pretty smart, though i'd give it a chance, in other sections people just don't answer :(

Thank you!

8:36 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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google analytics
10:25 pm on Apr 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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google analytics

naw, had a long, discussion with a google analytics rep who was trying to convince me that the tool is accurate...
I timed how long my friends stayed on the site as well as myself and the results were way off.

I know that it's probably a noob question (how do you time it if the browser sends no packets back and forth), and i'm not even sure if it's possible...

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G claims it is .......but i think otherwise..at least not accurately.
3:44 pm on Apr 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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(how do you time it if the browser sends no packets back and forth), and i'm not even sure if it's possible...

And there you go. I visit a site and the phone rings. I'm on the phone for an hour (pesky customers anyway. :-) ) I come back to the computer and forget what I was even doing, so I close the window/tab without navigating OR . . . . . I click one more link . . . .

If I click a link, the tracking software records I've been on the site an hour. Which I haven't. If I close the tab, you get nothing.

Add to this, multi-tab browsing is very popular these days. When I'm researching a technical issue, I often open up 6 or 8 possible solutions and sometimes find one that keeps me reading for a half hour or so. So it may **seem** like I've been on your site a half hour, but I'm in another tab. :-)

Tracking software is always going to be fraught with these kinds of problems. A test like you mentioned will never stand up to tracking figures.

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Tracking software is always going to be fraught with these kinds of problems.

I agree. You're better off tracking trends over time rather than worrying about the actual accuracy of each piece of data. I think that GA is as good as many other analytics packages out there - and it's free.

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Add to this, multi-tab browsing is very popular these days. When I'm researching a technical issue, I often open up 6 or 8 possible solutions and sometimes find one that keeps me reading for a half hour or so. So it may **seem** like I've been on your site a half hour, but I'm in another tab. :-)

Didn't think of that, thanx!

Think i'll switch to trend tracking instead.

Thank you for the posts

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You can't measure the actual time a user spends on your site. All you can measure is the time between user requests of webpages.
 

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