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I installed Google Analytics to see what it offered, I like it but there is a big problem.
I have seen a drop in conversion for the test site which is in line with a drop in page delivery.
Does anyone else have a similar problem? Am I just imagining it?
I have removed the code and tested page delivery to find a definate difference.
ever since I signed up for google analytics, all my pages have slowed to a crawl. otoh, i took it off a couple of pages and it seems that it's either NOT the analytics, or they don't stop checking the pages when you take the code off.
i suspect it's google adsense that is now very slow (i took it off, and the pages speeded up), but it may have been caused by them overloading their systems with the analytics. i just dont know.
but it seems very strange that the slowdown occurred when analytics was being pushed, just after quite a lot of us may have signed up at once.
I've proven to myself the urchin code does not have to be in the HEAD section of your HTML to work properly, although in my case I do have it near the top BODY.
Now I'm going to try putting the urchin code into an IFrame which of course always loads with the page, it may load asynchronously. This decouples the urchin code servers performance from page rendering time.
I'll try to report back in a couple days if the urchin/ Google Analytics code works from an IFrame.
If this is related Analytics REALY does cost money.