• http://www.pixelrage.net Pixelrage

    Google Analytics jumped the shark when the keyword “(not provided)” started appearing on your top keyword traffic list.

  • http://twitter.com/tysonkirksey Tyson Kirksey

    Pixelrage – You know that wasn’t a change in Google Analytics, correct?

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrubenzahl Moe Rubenzahl

    That has nothing to with the Analytics choice. Any analytics package will report it the same way because that’s how the Google SE is reporting it now. 

    You may not like that Google did that, but it doesn’t affect which analytics package you choose.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrubenzahl Moe Rubenzahl

    After considerable investigation, we (Fortune 1000 B2B) switched to Google Analytics from a pricey competitor and GA proves superior in two ways: Ease of use (finally, my analysts doesn’t have to be involved in every data request) and usability of data. GA provides some things the other guys could not furnish after years of requests.

    The only downside is as the article says: People question the decision because they question whether it’s a “professional” solution. But guess what: My servers are Linux-Apache-MySQL, too.

  • Anonymous

    Cross domain traffic isn’t exactly cross domain traffic in GA. It requires you to click a link from one site to another. Imagine setting that up for all European country sites for an enterprise customer.
    That is just one example. Another could be simple sales brochure downloads across all 200 sites. There are a huge amount of things you cannot do with GA that is accomplished out of the box with enterprise tools. GA premium is a larger version of a great free tool, but it is not an enterprise tool if you ask me.

  • http://spanishgringo.blogspot.com/ Michael Freeman

    Google needs to offer a mid-range premium package.  GA Premium is way too expensive for a lot of companies, but “free” GA has way too much sampling.

    Also, if they are going to be an “enterprise” ready app, they need a lot better documentation and consistency between dimensions & metrics offered by standard reports, custom reports and advanced segments.  There are still some big discrepancies… for example Next Page and Previous Page are only available in API and not custom reports/adv segments.  Many of the new dims / metrics do not have written definitions that appear in the web app but in the data api explorer they do….just lacking polish of an enterprise app.  It should get there soon.

  • http://online-behavior.com/author/daniel-waisberg Daniel Waisberg

    Galoredk, I have implemented Google Analytics to websites with 20 million visits a month across 20 domains, and it works beautifully. What you said is accurate, it will work only if the user clicks from one domain to the other (like when changing languages, for example), but it works. I guess the other solution would be to use 3rd party cookies, which would be even less accurate due to cookie blocking.

    As for clicks on downloads, mailto links and outbound clicks, there are several tools that can do that, here is a very good one http://www.analyticsengine.net

  • Ujesh P

    GA is more of a reporting tool compared to Omniture. Too many limitations on what can be done. Goal funnels can’t have regular expressions (bah!), can’t apply segments either. You can’t create a goal and apply it for past data. GA is a good tool for regular reporting – not for deep-dives.