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Google Analytics nonsense or just me?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by lepman, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. lepman

    lepman Registered Member

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    Can some please tell me how this is possible?

    Sept 7th

    Audience -> Overview: shows 3 visits & 3 unique visits
    Traffic Sources -> Search Engine Optimization -> Queries:
    - Keyword 1 - 90 impressions & 5 clicks
    - Keyword 2 - 5 impressions & 5 clicks

    This adds up to 10 clicks/visit total. Why would GA show 3 unique visits? What am I missing here? :D
     
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    Just you!
     
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  3. lepman

    lepman Registered Member

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    Okay. So what's the explanation?
     
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    BadyBoySEO Regular Member

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    I've noticed discrepancies from Google analytics and webmaster tools. I think the implementation of Google analytics can sometimes lead to discrepancies.
     
  5. jimmyr

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    Could be that people hit back or closed the tab before the required GA code had loaded. This can be a symptom of slow site speed but not always. Definitely check this though.

    Is your GA code in footer or header, and are you using async code?
     
  6. lepman

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    Hey Jimmy :)

    Great points! Thank you.

    However, I found out that the script is actually placed between <head></head> tags and it's calling "ga.async = true;".

    I wonder if it's a situation like where the visitors clicks on the search result but hits the back button real fast. :)
     
  7. hanzechin

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    Wait whats the difference between puting GA code in footer or header? :O
     
  8. RosuC

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    If the loader is pressing close tab (website) before that the code is loading - of course is affecting - based on the fact that your code is on the footer - should be load the latest and maybe (depends on your server) can be loaded latest and not registering the click (visit).
    It happen often that the visits are not registered in GA but are real and existing in your webmaster statistics (true/false)
     
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    lepman Registered Member

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    Well, in my case the code is in the header section (recomended way). So it's a mystery why it's causing discrepancies :)
     
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    Then try to check your server connection to the code ... maybe there is a small delay between your server and Google's one. It happen sometimes that your server to have a slightly delay that can cause this problem. As well there is a possibility that the visitor to have some blocks set maybe like this your code is not loading for them
     
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  11. kikou

    kikou Junior Member Premium Member

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    I do not trust Google at all, we user our own tracking software, you have several free alternative, this one is pretty good. http://piwik.org/
     
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    The footer gets loaded last, so would have more chance of not firing if the user moves away from a page before it fully loads



    Yeah I'd say that could be it, or some kind of bot
     
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    Dont mind the 5 number clicks on Google Webmasters.. They seem to be standard even if you dont have any impressions. That does not mean that you got 5 real visitors. Only when that number goes up it will show the aprox ( not exact ) visit count from Google.
     
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    piwik looks pretty amazing! Thank you for the share.
     
  15. aus10

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    You probably have a bot crawling your site
     
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    Dunno, our data seems to match up pretty closely with awstats. Guess another tracking solutions isn't a big deal to plug in though. There are some really cool ones that do heatmapping etc as well
     
  17. StraussCan

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    You must have iserted the GA code 2 times in your html. Check that. GA is an enterprise-class analytics.
     
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    It is best to compare the daily traffic, in the past I did see some difference in the keywords, Google would should something different that our own solution. That is why we no longer use G.

    G. is not your friends they only care about one thing making money for themselves. Soon only the paid advertiser will be in the top natural position, you will have to pay to have traffic, that is why the less we use G. the better.