March 22nd, 2010 | Published in Google Analytics
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:
○ 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!).
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.
Posted by Nick Mihailovski, Google Analytics Team