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      Web Analytics TV #8 with Avinash and Nick

      posted by Google Analytics 3:32 AM
      Friday, April 16, 2010

      This is the 8th edition of Web Analytics TV with Avinash Kaushik and Nick Mihailovski where you ask questions via the Google Analytics Google Moderator site and we answer them.

      Here is the list of last week’s questions. In this episode we discuss:

      • How to create Advanced Segments for many sites (or other parameters)
      • AdSense in $index calculations
      • Tracking affiliates in Google Analytics
      • Using an Event as a goal like tracking people who watch videos to conversion
      • Measuring embedded Flash with Google Analytics
      • Should you use two analytics packages like Google Analytics and Urchin?
      • Using custom reporting to display landing pages and page titles
      • Breaking down paid vs organic search by landing page
      • How site overlay currently works and reasons why it could not work
      • The difference between unique visitors and absolute unique visitors
      • How to get the / and /index.html pages to be the same
      • Properly setting up Advanced Segments for time on site

      Here are links to resources we discussed in the video:

      If you found this post helpful, we’d love to hear your comments below. If you have a question you would like us to answer, please submit a question or vote for your favorite question in our public Google Moderator site. Avinash and I will answer your latest questions in a couple of weeks with yet another entertaining video.

      Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team

      Web Analytics TV #7 with Avinash and Nick

      posted by Google Analytics 5:07 PM
      Monday, April 5, 2010

      This is the 7th edition of Web Analytics TV with Avinash Kaushik and Nick Mihailovski! In this series you ask questions via the Google Analytics Google Moderator site and we answer them!

      Here is the list of last week’s questions.

      In this action packed episode we discuss:

      Test your tracking implementation without waiting for the data to appear in reports.

      How GZip compression works for the tracking code.

      Retrieving the value for visitor level customer variables.

      Adding annotations via the API.

      Why do searches from Google Image Search appear as referrals in Google Analytics?

      Why do I see self-referrers to my site (my site referring to itself)?

      How to detect new search engines in Google Analytics?

      Fixing site overlay to not distinguish two links pointing to the same page.

      How to exclude internal users now that _setVar is deprecated.

      Why does (not set) appear as page titles in reports?

      What is the best way to begin with web analytics? How do you focus?

      Why do longer date ranges return different results?

      How can you use the Motion Chart bar graph?

      Best practises for setting up conversion goals for e-commerce sites.

      Here are links to resources we discussed in the video:

      Validating and Troubleshooting your Google Analytics tracking code.

      Speed up your site, get better data, use asynchronous tracking.

      Use _getVisitorCustomVar() to retieve previously set visitor level custom variables.

      The open feature request to add annotations via our API; please vote and add use cases.

      Override the page referral using _setReferrerOverride().

      One possible solution to tracking Google Image Search.

      Use _addOrganic() to detect new search engines to in Google Analytics.

      Need help with Google Analytics? Have tough questions? Check out these 4 wonderful resources for help:

      Hire a Google Analytics Authorized Consultants

      Google Analytics Help Center

      Google Analytics Code Site for developers

      Google Analytics General Help Forum

      How sampling works in Google Analytics.

      Rock out with the Motion Charts Anthem (super cool!).

      Special Notice: We also have a Custom Variables Webinar coming up on Wednesday, March 24th at 10:00 am PT. Space is limited, sign up before it’s too late!

      If you found this post helpful, we’d love to hear your comments. If you have a question you would like us to answer, please submit a question or vote for your favorite question in our public Google Moderator site. Avinash and I will answer your latest questions in a couple of weeks with yet another entertaining video.

      Thanks!

      Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team

      Web Analytics TV Episode #6 with Avinash and Nick

      posted by Google Analytics 5:06 PM
      Monday, April 5, 2010

      This is the sixth edition of Web Analytics TV with with a dash of Nick and Nash! In this series you share your most burning questions via the Google Analytics Google Moderator site and we answer them! And, here is the list of last weeks questions.

      We love hearing from you and thank all the folks who rated last weeks comments.

      In this episode we discuss:

      • What you can do if you get spammed pageviews in your Analytics Account.
      • How to collect ecommerce tracking variables on 3rd party shopping carts.
      • Issues with maintaining campaign information with 3rd party shopping carts.
      • How do links from competitors show up in your referring sources site?
      • How to find Singapore in the Google Analytics map overlay.
      • How to see referring URLs in the campaign report.
      • How Google Analytics treats conversions from multiple sources in the same visit.
      • Why certain referrals like search can have a number of pageviews but 0 visits.
      • Computing page influence to conversion and the Google Analytics $Index metric.
      • How events effect and sometimes lower the bounce rate.

      Here are links to resources we discussed in the video:

      If you found this helpful, we’d love to hear your comments.

      If you have a question you would like us to answer, please submit a question or vote for your favorite question in our public Google Moderator site. Avinash and I will answer them in a couple of weeks with yet another Nick and Nash video.

      Thanks!

      Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team

      Web Analytics TV #5 with Avinash and Nick

      posted by Google Analytics 5:06 PM
      Monday, April 5, 2010

      This is the fifth installment in our Web Analytics TV series in which you share your most burning questions via the Google Analytics Google Moderator site and we answer them.

      Here is the list of this week’s questions. You all are keeping us on our toes!

      In this episode we discuss:

      • Tracking online conversions and success for small, local, businesses
      • Tracking the number of times a visitor converts in one visit
      • How the e-commerce conversion rate can be greater than 100%
      • How you can change the duration of Google Analytics campaigns
      • How you can differentiate between paid and organic search in Google Analytics
      • What is the recommended % balance between branded and category terms
      • Why is time spent 0 for visits with 1 page/visit
      • Why unique visitor numbers are higher than visits
      • How visits and unique pageviews are calculated
      • Would survey and qualitative help measure “engagement” ?
      • How to best track mailto: links on your site
      • What are the best practices for using virtual pageviews, event tracking and custom variables?
      • How to see dimensions and metrics by location
      • Where to find custom variables reports Google Analytics

      Here are links to resources we discussed in the video:

      We hope you found episode helpful, and we’d love to hear your comments and have your questions. Please use the comment form below.

      In case you missed them, here are our previous videos:

      Episode #1
      Episode #2
      Episode #3
      Episode #4

      If you have a question you would like us to answer, please submit a question or vote for your favorite question in our public Google Moderator site. Avinash and I will answer your latest questions in a couple of weeks with another video. We can’t wait!

      Please add your thoughts about the Q&A via comments below. Thanks!

      Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team

      Web Analytics TV with Avinash and Nick

      posted by Google Analytics 5:05 PM
      Monday, April 5, 2010

      This is the fourth video in our recent Rapid Fire series which we are now calling Web Analytics TV. In this series you share your most burning questions via the Google Analytics Google Moderator site and we answer them.

      Here’s the list of last week’s questions. We enjoy hearing from you, so please keep the questions coming. Like the hosts Click and Clack from a long-standing radio show called CarTalk, who will answer any car question that exists, we’d love to do the same for web analytics. Call us Data and Point? Hm. Click and Clack is catchier. If you can think of a name let us know. But please, ask any question related to web analytics. Tools. HiPPO’s. Reporting tips. Challenges. All are fair game, so ask away.

      In this episode we discuss:
      • Tracking social media referrals in Google Analytics
      • Why do I see clicks with 0 visits in Google Analytics keyword reports
      • Does sharing data with Google Analytics have an impact on Organic Search rankings?
      • How to track Google custom site search engines in Google Analytics
      • In keyword reports how to change ‘+’ characters into whitespaces
      • How advanced profile filters work
      • Best practices for reporting user “engagement”
      • What insights can you gain from the content drilldown report
      • How can one change the cookie duration of visits
      • How does one become excellent at web analytics

      Here are links to resources we discussed in the video:

      We’d love to hear your comments or questions in the comments section below, and let us know if you find this helpful.

      Also, if you have a question you would like us to answer, please submit a question or vote for your favorite question in our public Google Moderator site. Avinash and I will answer your latest questions in a couple of weeks with yet another entertaining video. Thanks!

      Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team

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