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3:59 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It looks like Google wasted no time integrating Urchin into their product lineup:


If you pay $200/mo for Urchin now, you may want to reconsider.

[edited by: vitaplease at 8:02 am (utc) on Nov. 14, 2005]
[edit reason] link to source itself [/edit]


3:50 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm not seeing any reporting on bot / spider activity with Google Analytics. Am I just missing it, or did they leave that out?


3:57 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Bot and spiders are not tracked with Google Analytics. It tracks only browsers, and only those that trigger the Javascript. So if people surf your site with javascript disabled, you won't see their tracks either.

It's somewhere in the help files for analytics about why GA shows less data than your other statistics package.


4:09 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Bizeu, GA uses posix regular expressions so you're on the right track. Try using a ^ at the start of your filter -- it would look like this:


Also, if you have multiple IPs to exclude you can use a pipe to separate values, like so:


As for your goal tracking, make sure you don't select exact match.


4:36 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks teylyn.

One other question: my Content Performance reports don't seem to be populating, though I have data showing in the other reports.

Could this section take longer to populate, or is something screwed up?


5:59 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm running adwords campaigns but they're not showing up in the CPC reports. Is there some switch I need to flip?


6:02 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Oh also I get security warnings in Internet Explorer when browsing the https pages on my sites. First it was because I had the javascript code with http:// but then I changed it to https:// Then it complained that the security certificate was not valid because it was for www.google.com and not for my site. Anyone know how to work around that stuff?


6:43 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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this whole system is pretty weird. there are days when i only get partial reports, some of the features don't work all the time, and i can only see the report from two days ago... it's really dissapointing


6:51 am on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I put the code back on my site after a few days. Things seem to be work ok now. There is about a one day delay in my stats, but I hope that will improve over time.

P.S. While surfing I'm noticing this code on pages all over the place. They are probably right that this thing caught on faster then they predicted.


1:44 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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mchipman, thanks for the tips

I'll added ^, we'll see if it gona work out.

Actually google could implement some testing tools for regexps, goal tracking. Afaik there's the only way to see if my goal tracking, regexps work just by waiting for the next day of stats.

I've just checked my settings of goals and my match types are set to "head match" it means GA should track for


But it doesn't..

Maybe it's due "http://" but I doubt. I also checked twice that my urls on site are:




if it is matters.

Actually I'm out of ideas why my goals arent tracked.


6:43 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there another place I get information on filters so that QueryString/DynamicURL's are shown in the reports. Google's help files donít really say much unless your an uber geek.


8:09 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've also noticed that the content reports don't show any data at all, although the page visists have numbers. Again, in the help files it says something about that (highlights by me)

Currently, report updating for Google Analytics is experiencing delays. As a result, you may not be seeing any data in your reports even after implementing the Analytics tracking code.

We are currently in the process of updating all reports. You should be able to see these updates in 24 hours. While this is going on, you may notice different reports updating at different rates. Once this process has completed, all data should be restored to your profiles. Please be assured that this update process has no effect on data collection.

We apologize for any inconvenience. This reporting delay is associated with unexpected demand for Google Analytics. Under normal circumstances, the data in your reports will be at most 24 hours old.

I guess we're some time away from normal circumstances still.




8:38 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Coming back after some more looking at today's stats: I get numbers for visits and page views for all the days up to yesterday, but the content reports only have data up to Nov-18.

Anyone else with such a delay?

One nice thing, though: I'm not an Adwords subscriber, so was not used to tracking campaigns, but I created an e-mail with tracking codes yesterday and sent it to a test group. This is great! Seeing how many people actually clicked through to your web site from the email will be really nice when using in marketing campaigns.

Pity, though, that due to no content reports, I can't drill down to where they actually went.

But I'm sure G will sort that out eventually


8:42 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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So if I try to use their js code on my https:// pages I'm seeing a warning that there is a problem with the security certificate. It looks like www.google-analytics.com is using www.google.com's SSL cert. As long as they do that users will get this 'scary' message when they try to use my shopping cart. I know $30 for a turbo SSL is a lot for GOOG but maybe they could sell like 1/10th of one of their shares and buy one for google-analytics.com ;)


8:51 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here's one other irregularity:

When I view the reports in Camino, they're showing no data. When I view them in Firefox, they are showing data. Oddly, yesterday the reports displayed in Camino.

Irregularities and launch pains aside, this is fantastic software. It's better than a leading stats package that I paid $900 for, that ended up breaking when our traffic surged (I would have had to pay $8000 for the enterprise edition).

As long as Google doesn't abuse their access to this info (e.g. use this data to determine SERPS rankings), I see this as a fantastic development.

You have to think that they are going to work out all these growing pains shortly...


9:17 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Oops, in Google's adsense help forums under analytics they say to use the following for SSL pages:

<script src="https://ssl.google-analytics.com/urchin.js"type="text/javascript">


10:53 am on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm getting about 5 daily pageviews from Mountain View USA. Anyone else seeing this?


2:41 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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after implementing <script src="https://ssl.google-analytics.com/urchin.js"type="text/javascript">

have you found that it is all working ok?

i need to place the code on my recipt page but i wat to check that its ok first.



8:21 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How about we move this thread into the Logging and Tracking forum and break it up into the sub topics that it deserves?

Might be much easier to follow.




2:27 pm on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure if I should get google analyics or not as I create things with my website, it sort of is a product

I don't know what to do


3:04 pm on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Re: McKennaP's msg #262

With a little bit of guile, it is possible to add more sites to your profile.

Thanks for the tip; works great.


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5:21 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have been using Google Analytics since they released it a week or so ago, and while the reports are incredibly useful, the data collection process has had too much of a negative effect on our websites. Especially over the past few days, with connection time to the data collection servers taking as long as 10 seconds per page.

This has become such a problem that I have had to remove the JavaScript from our websites.

Anyone else notice this?

This will be a great service when they finally solve their performance issues.


6:37 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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not for me - loading ok on our end


8:06 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm getting reports on one of my sites. But the 2nd site I decided to test this out with still does not show stats. Both were added the first 3 days of this if I remember correctly. And the code has been verified.

Tracking which pages convert adsense is pretty cool though. And is the biggest reason I want to test this out.

I was worried about the page load times especially when it first launched and almost removed it. But it has certainly sped up quite a bit.


9:26 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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my site was also slow loading and I had some customers complain about this. I eventually removed the code and will wait and see before adding it again.


8:57 am on Dec 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sorry to cross post (I just mentioned this in the members forum, but this may be the appropriate thread).

I noticed a drop in sales over last year beginning almost exactly when the google-analytics code was added to the site. Kinda kicking myself for taking so long to make the connection. It was a significant drop though, let's say something like going from being up 70+% to half that or so.

I might do an a/b/a test in january where b is with tracking code, but for now it is gone.


9:00 am on Dec 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It may have only sped up because your browser is caching part of the code. New users would have a different experience. I'm not 100% how caching and javascript calls interact though.


9:04 am on Dec 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Im getting about 5 daily pageviews from Mountain View USA. Anyone else seeing this?

Yup, every single day one page only and always the same referer...



10:32 pm on Dec 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have no problem with Google and their services per se, but it has been my experience that with any content on my site be it static or dynamic, it is always best to provide my own server-based script, meaning the entire transaction between visitor and Web site happens on the same connection.

This alone is responsible for several seconds of load-time but also relieves me from worrying about possible third-party issues thou I will say in Google's case, although privacy is always a concern, I trust them in an overall sense, I feel they are a good company but that's just me.


7:20 am on Dec 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Finally I got tracking tonight on the 2nd site I put the code up to test with.

It showed 2 visitors, from Today.?!?!?
Collecting stats that whole 2 weeks the code was up there it was not. So unless the stats appear, I basicaly slowed down my own page loading the last 2 weeks for nothing.

You get what you pay for

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