Google Analytics

November 16, 2005 at 3:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I installed Google Analytics on Lincolnite a couple days ago. The system hiccupped and gagged for a while, but it’s finally returning some data. Lots and lots of data.

I’m in data heaven.

I’ve long believed that the web statistics software I have been using has been giving me less-than-perfect results. The data from Google Analytics appear not only much more accurate, but also much more precise. These data will help me tremendously as I continue to build Lincolnite because I will be able to see in incredible detail which features are working, and which are flopping. The level of analysis Google is making available used to cost hundreds of dollars. Now, it’s free.

It will take a week or so for there to be enough data for me to really evaluate the system, but for now: wow.

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beerorkid November 16, 2005 at 5:22pm

I did look into analytics.  Saw something on there about if you do not have adwords it limits your stats to 5mb or something.  Not really sure what that would mean. 

Unfortunately I have around 300 static pages and it might be kind of a bitch to edit them all.

I currently pay for http://www.statcounter.com ‘s service.  It is purdy good, and it keeps some good stats.  they have been saying they were going to change the pay structure and ammount of stats stored for quite sometime, and they have not.

Would like some more info on how you like it if you can.

Thanks for the link, I will be sure to return the favor.
Steve

Mr. Wilson November 16, 2005 at 5:50pm

Static pages shouldn’t be too big of a problem to update. What program do you use to edit the files? It’s a simple matter of a site-wide find and replace. Most any website editor (e.g. Dreamweaver) should be able to do that, as should many text editors. Since the Google Analytics code needs to go inside your page’s <head></head> tags, do:

Find: </head>
Replace: [Google’s code]</head>

By the way, how would you like your site listed in the blogroll? It’s currently listed as Beer Or Kid. Is that right, or is it Beerorkid, beerorkid, Beer Orchid, beerorchid, or, uhh, something else?

beerorkid November 16, 2005 at 6:17pm

hmmmmmmmmm…..  it is fine the way it is.  I think it seperated out like that makes people go huh that might be cool.  thanks for the plug.

yeah I am a dreamweraver’er so I should be able to do the find and replace, have done it before.  I might just try them both out for a while and compare.  Google fricking rocks on everything though, so it can’t be all that bad.

Thanks.
Schteeeeev

beerorkid November 21, 2005 at 11:05pm

you were apparently one of the lucky few.  (few ha) cuz they have stopped offering it.  I looked into it but did not go all the way yet.  oh well

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=36

Mr. Wilson November 21, 2005 at 11:18pm

The service could be pretty dang nifty, but it’s just way too buggy and incomplete right now. The data I have are nowhere near complete, and I haven’t received fresh data for a few days now. In short, this service never should have been released like this. Coupled with some newly discovered bugs in a couple of their other products, November is not shaping up to be Google’s best month.

Tripp Fenderson November 22, 2005 at 4:33am

Agreed - it could be nifty…if people could sign up and those that have could use it in a timely fashion.

I’m surprised Google didn’t anticipate the huge influx of users and the high server load that would come with processing all those stats.

IMHO, they should have limited the Analytics signup Gmail style. Invite only for the first X weeks/months while they ramped up the service.

Does anyone know how the service differs from the old Urchin UTM stats?

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