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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]
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I would agree with the basic sentiment that Google Analytics is a useful little tool, but not one which can replace logfile analysis programs. The fact that Google holds very detailed visitor information for a particular site or network of sites (and the use of this service on all your domains would make your network transparent to Google even if you don't interlink) means that if you value such data then you should avoid using the service.
There is a reason why the service is being offered for "free" - Google can profit enormously from the aggregate data that they are collecting supposedly on your behalf.
I know it's only loaded once, the first time the user shows up at the site. But the first page is the most important page to load quickly. First impressions count, ya know, and page load speed is critical to user experience.
- Is it possible to put it at the end of the page? Would the user not notice the download time there?
- Has anyone tried this on dialup? How is the user experience?
- Maybe I'll setup old school AdWords tracking to test two different landing pages, one with the download and one without. That would be interesting, yes?
20K may not seem like much, but best practices say to keep your pages below 60K. As if the web isn't slow enought already, now every site will have another 20K download for the first page you view.
But who knows. I don't disagree with the first impressions, I just think the average visitor's threshold for issues is above what this would cause.
I'm running mine just after the body tag... I know, not what they said to do, but it appears to be collecting stats. Guess we'll see if I get reports or not :)
Yeah I am not good at following directions, so originally I put it in the footer of several sites. Seems to have been detected just fine, but then I moved them all to the header.. But i imagine if it detects it it finds it, it will report data.
I imagine they tell you to put it in the header because it is the way to assure the most data gets recorded. If it loads at the end it is possible the page stops loading or something happens before it gets to the script and that data will not be recorded.