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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:

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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]
[edit reason] link to source itself [/edit]

12:34 am on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have noticed very significant improvements in performance over the past 15-20 minutes.

I also noticed that some of the more innovative features such as site overlay and the graphical representations of the goal funnels have now completely disappeared from the available reports.

Could it be that these reports were creating performance issues?

note: I was an Urchin On Demand subscriber so it is possible that these features were never part of Google Analytics.

12:53 am on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think this tool is awesome!

I have put this on 3 sites in the last 48 hours.

Today I checked in and all three have data in them and reports that I can run.

I'll be testing it out slowly though to make sure it is working correctly. Some of my data seemed a bit wierd, but that could be due not setting everything up properly on my end.

1:31 am on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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marc_p

see msg #:180 regarding site overlay

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10:16 am on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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can't get graphs to display properly under Linux... even Opera Linux Browser won't display... oh well - no icing on this cake yet... (heads off to Opera forum to see if they have any... :)
1:27 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This could go down as one of the worse service introductions I've seen from Google.

Yes. I want my money back.

1:30 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We all learn from mistakes and I'm sure Google will learn from this one. Most of the time their Beta introductions are better than other companies full versions. This probably should have been done in the same way as Gmail so they would have had time to grow the system before they opened it up to everyone.
1:35 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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As long as they are collecting all the data as they claim they are, I don't really care if they struggle under demand for a few days getting it delivered to me. Like others mentioned, I didn't have the information a few days ago, so a few more days won't kill me.

As long as all the data is being captured, the rest of it is fairly trivial.

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I just wish I would have snagged an account earlier... Now they aren't even accepting new people.

I hope they open it up again soon, I don't want to miss out on the fun.

4:27 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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my Google stats are delayed by 3 days. Unacceptable, even for a free system. stats with that kind of a delay can only be used as a monthly overview, but not as a tool for an active webmaster.

no thank you Google, unless the stats update lag is fixed, I'm not switching over nor recommending this to anyone else.

currently I use two separate paid services: $10 for real-time visitor tracking and keyword tracking, and $3 for a website log analyzer, both monthly. both are WELL worth the money, especially the real-time tracking.

4:30 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you guys would all take a deep breath and just be patient this will all work itself out.

Google has already said that the system was overwhelmed and that new resources are being installed.

Probably by mid-week everything will have worked itself out and you will all be smiling with this great new resource - sorry, great new FREE resource.

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Waiting for Data
Analytics has been successfully installed and data is being gathered now. The demand for Google Analytics surpassed even our highest expectations and as a result some customers may temporarily experience report-update delays. All data continues to be collected and no data has been lost. We are currently adding resources to ensure high-quality service. We apologize for any inconvenience.
8:01 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I saw their new message, I installed the code 5 days ago.. says that its installed correctly, but still 0 data! none nada zippo! google guy? anyone check this thread?
8:08 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Seriously, this is one of the best things Google has EVER done for webmasters (apart from Adsense). It gives great resources for free which many smaller site owners wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

Why are people bashing Google for this? If you had something better before what are you worried about? And if you don't have anything as a Plan B, that is your own fault. As a webmaster you should always have a Plan B.

10:14 pm on Nov 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

My data gaps have been filled in, and everything is looking a bit more responsive and timely now; IMHO Tropical Island is right and things should be right up to date in a few days' time.

Of course I gather my own data too, but with GA I'm getting a ton of extra visualisations and drill-downs done for free.

The rest of you Moaning Minnies can go on looking this gift horse in the mouth and leave the CPU for me!

Rgds

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1:25 am on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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they're more interested in seeing overall how much PPC action is going to other PPC programs like Yahoo, MSN, etc.

Good clarity of thought there Bill, considering the events of the past week.

There may be a few sites Google cares about, but those guys arent using anything that isnt server side. Google knows its traffic, this gives it a window into the MSN and Y! world. Pretty smart of Google - $30 mil for a search engine mole that cant double cross them.

2:19 am on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i have some data showing up now, not all, but some. nice reports, i can't wait til i get a month or two of stats to study.

it is hard to continue to cheer for a company once they become the big guy on the block, but i also try not to dwell on or sulk about how much another company or somebody else makes. the tides will always change from time to time. good luck to each and i hope i can be successful myself. a free app of this quality for us little guys is a big plus.

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Not all stats are in but i have recived stats... one word.... powerfull , i love the layout, whoever said the layout is ungoole like is wrong, you need the layout like that because of so many features and information it has and offers.... the wait was worth it :)
9:08 am on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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all stats are now showing

24-48hr behind

but all there now - excellent :-)

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Waiting for Data
Analytics has been successfully installed and data is being gathered now. The demand for Google Analytics surpassed even our highest expectations and as a result some customers may temporarily experience report-update delays. All data continues to be collected and no data has been lost. We are currently adding resources to ensure high-quality service. We apologize for any inconvenience.

It's been over 4 days now. Doesn't take rocket science to figure out that Urchin is a disk/processor/memory hog and that it would take ubber resources for millions of sites. The would be better off giving it out as server software where if they really really wanted the data then make some pipe into the software. If they do get it working really well then the better for the site owner with more resources freed up on the server.

I wish this "pill" stage would end soon.

1:25 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's surprising that Google would be caught out by the high demand for this. Fully functional, it's a great product; of course demand was going to be high.
2:42 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I added the code to homepage and other pages 3 days back. But still getting Tracking Status as:

Tracking Unknown
The Google Analytics tracking code has not been detected on your website's home page. For Analytics to function, you or your web administrator must add the code to each page of your website.

Do I have to wait more?

4:25 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We have been getting the warning box showing - though the data / stats are actually tracking ok...
6:22 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Taken from GOOGLE's analytics page - "Google Analytics has experienced extremely strong demand, and as a result, we have temporarily limited the number of new signups as we increase capacity. In the meantime, please submit your name and email address and we will notify you as soon as we are ready to add new accounts. Thank you for your patience."

Well they are already experiencing problems do to "extremely strong demand" and not accepting new sign ups. How do you get caught off guard like this when you are such a big company? It is really irritating to come back from WW conference, where so much was said about this product, just to find that they are ill prepared.

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Signed on 11/15...got partial 11/16 data on 11/17...full 11/17 data on 11/18...no further data since then -- except pending messages.

But I ain't complaining. If they smooth this out and come anywhere near their initially estimated hourly update intervals, it will be...dare I say...a googlesend ;)

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Signed on 11/15...got partial 11/16 data on 11/17...full 11/17 data on 11/18...no further data since then -- except pending messages.

Exactly the same for me. I was so looking forward to this once I got to see a few days worth... Hopefully they will get going soon.

6:39 am on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Noticed ability to load new site profiles to account has been disabled.

Probably just waiting for their 10,000 new servers to be installed... LoL

10:10 am on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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after 3 days of "G cannot find the code on your websites homepage" i give up

still, nothing lost nothing gained so nothing to moan about

1:41 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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just to find that they are ill prepared.

still a sign, that there are people who just love the web and the possibilities and that they have the guts to try it out, even if they are not 100% sure about the effects on the servers.

Come one, we talk about services with 100,000s of users within a few minutes. This is a huge technological challenge and they failed at this one. But not really and not forever. If you are a F16 pilot and I put you on the new Airbus 320 in full flight, you might crash the thing within a minute.

The service is free and if they make it with the new resources (guess boxes for the cluster) it will be very nice! I like the data I see and I give them any time they need, because they provide a free service.

It is more the "Big Brother" effect I am afraid of...

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4:02 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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oke this is nice, my website arent loading because there seem to be problems with analytics. Some body else too?

[edited by: amenthop at 4:03 pm (utc) on Nov. 21, 2005]

4:03 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The service is free

Is there a consensus yet on what Google gets out of all this that adds to their already impressive profit-generating business?

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