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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:

[google.com...]

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]

4:23 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They stand to sell a lot more advertising if they can help adwords users convert their clicks better. Analytics are great for that, when we used hitbox to analyze our store we doubled the fraction of people who went to completion of a purchase (checkout) from adding the product to their shopping basket.
4:25 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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

Putting out of business the sellers of web-marketing software that promotes shady black-hat techniques they don't like? ;-)

5:08 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?

Are you confident this is because of Google Analytics?
A simple test of removing the code and checking your page again would be sufficient.

5:39 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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just had my data filled up through yesterday. i see in the common questions ga says data is updated every 24 hours or so. if i remember right last week they said it's updated every 6 hours. looks like they are trying to ease the load which makes sense. maybe they will increase the update frequency once they get things flowing better.

has anybody out there had their report data updated two or three days in a row yet? just wondering what the chances are that i might get to see today's data tomorrow.

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I believe it's not just analytics that's not loading. From where I'm at (Poland, Europe) there seems to be a problem with all google services: Google search, adwords, adsense, analytics, maps. The pages either don't load or display errors when they do.
Pages that use google maps or have the analytics code take ages to load, because my browser waits for the google javascripts to download (and they don't).
8:15 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Data just updated through yesterday, 11/20. Nice.
8:18 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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dohs

"has anybody out there had their report data updated two or three days in a row yet?"

Yes. Now have complete data for 4 days -- 11/17-20.

8:40 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks SF Reader
About the comment about turning off email notification. :0)

Note to self never ever turn on email notification on a hot topic the amount of notices is unbelieveable!

Thanks Nancy 99

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

IMO it's a land grab. Get in there with the best stats tracking and make it 100% free. The winner ends up with a God's-eye view of the Web.

I don't see them using this data on a large scale in the short term, but if Microsoft or Yahoo had done this first, they might have been able to use that vast database of web behaviour to leapfrog AdSense or even Google's search technology.

P.S. Using page/site popularity or browsing patterns to drive search results is a potentially earthshaking idea, if anyone can ever get it to work. I just hope Google don't screw up their CURRENT search algorithm, which is based on authority and relevance rather than which sites are the stickiest or the funnest.

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Maybe this will lead to a changeover from CPC to Cost Per Conversion based on the goals you set...Then again maybe not:).
10:15 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just like other free webstats it doesn’t differentiate pages that have a query string. How poo is that?

...ok it is free I guess :'(

1:12 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Where'd you read that? Urchin, I mean Google Analytics has tracked dynamic URLs for a while.
4:33 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Eggsellent...today's stats today.
7:26 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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seems like analytics is back and runin
10:07 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yep its all good over here now.

awesome piece of software

10:27 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Johann, you have to use a custom filter to do this. Read the help pages...
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Two days ago there are huge lag, now the data show on time. However, it's a pity, I can't add additional websites.
2:24 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Cost per conversion cannot work.

Heres why:
I'll open up a $5 adwords account. My goal is to sell the $5,00000000 widget on my site when all other widgets are $5.
Now, I'm still getting traffic to my site, I'm making tons of money selling cheap widgets, but I never hit my goal of the big widget.

Not really fair to publishers or google for once.
I don't like them measuring conversion at all. It's not our fault an advertiser can't convert. If we are not cheating with clicks, than there's not much more I can do.
I try and provide the best information I can...

4:06 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hey guys, simple question, how do i generate tracking urls for my ppc accounts. i understand that analytics is hooked to the adwords account. but, say, i want to generate a tracking code for my overture campaign, where is this feature. i was reading the help files for like 2 hrs, LOL. thanks guys
4:10 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I see they have stopped accepting new signups for Google Analytics due to unprecedented demand for the service...

Google are in this terrible habit of doing things without informing their customers. My Urchin stats have been down for atleast 1 week...Maybe if they told people they were going to disrupt the service and make changes things might have gone alot smoother, could have been less of a frenzy, more organised and everybody would have been happy...

They gonna bite their own tale off one of these days and the funny thing thing is not even know about it...

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i want to place the code on a certain page but it is https://

i need to put it here so i can track my "goal"

will it affect the page?

or.....

as ive specified the URL at which my "goal" is achieved, do i need to put the code on the page?

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Two days ago there are huge lag, now the data show on time. However, it's a pity, I can't add additional websites.

With a little bit of guile, it is possible to add more sites to your profile. Log into Analytics and the look at the URL. It will look like this:

[google.com...]

Then, make note of the 5 digit number and type it into the relevant place in this URL:

[google.com...]

Visit the URL with your account number in it and you will be able to add more sites.

4:45 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In reply to QueryString/Dynamic URL's:

Johann, you have to use a custom filter to do this. Read the help pages...

fanks but its not easy finding the info... I am still searching and only got as far as "Add new Filter for Profile"

:'(

[edited by: Johan007 at 5:02 pm (utc) on Nov. 22, 2005]

4:47 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hey, have any of you guys found a way to change the timezone of the report data?

I am getting a headache working out local time (Adelaide, Australia) vs whatever these reports are showing...

I have looked, but alas have not found this option...

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otech, I had the same problem. Then I found in the Google support forums someone who had requested this to Google, and had gotten this answer back:

"Thank you for your email. I understand that you would like to change the time zone of your reports. At this time, all reports are in Pacific Standard time in order to match with AdWords reports. However, we understand the need for users to have reporting in different time zones and will take your thoughts into account as we move forward with our product development."

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The product is beginning to shape up, although it is still not exactly timely.

One big problem for me is that I need visitors and/or page impressions by country (or at least UK/non-UK).

6:35 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You guys and gals probably addressed it in this thread but man oh man, I did not want to read it all.

My analytic stats from Google have a big chunk called "other". Am I to assume Yahoo is in there?

7:14 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'im getting totals for Yahoo.
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I want to exclude my visits from stats of google analytics. So I created this filter which doesnt seem to work:

Filter type: exlude all traffic from an IP address
IP address: 123\.123\.123\.[0-9]+$
(lets assume my ip address 123.123.123.*)
btw I also tried without "$" but with no success

Could you tell me why this filter doesnt apply correctly? I still see my visits on the stats..

And it seems goal tracking doesnt work too. I created several goals like:

[domain.com...]
[domain.com...]
[domain.com...]

After a week of tracking (or less) it didn't track any conversions.

10:29 pm on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Analytics is going to need its own forum category IMO. Its massive.
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