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Google Analytics Is Losing E-commerce Data: Don’t Panic?!!

by Ian Lurie 2 May, 2008

If you’re using Google Analytics to record sales data, you may have noticed really horrible sales over the last couple days. Don’t panic. I don’t think it’s you. It appears that, starting April 30th, Google Analytics isn’t correctly reporting e-commerce revenue. We figured this out after noticing that, of our 10+ clients using Google e-commerce… Read More

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Google Analytics Adds Weekly, Monthly Graphing

by Ian Lurie 3 Apr, 2008

Cool new feature I just spotted in Google Analytics. The ability to graph data by week or month: You can even graph revenue by hour: Don’t know about you, but I’ve been wanting something like this for quite a while. No more migraines from grouping data… A Book Worth Reading:

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Google Analytics Benchmarking: Tutorial, and Things that Make You Go Hmmmmm…

by Ian Lurie 24 Mar, 2008

Google Analytics now has their nifty benchmarking feature all set up. If you’re running Google Analytics you can see how your site traffic compares to others. First, here’s how you set it up, and why you should: Open Your Kimono, Just a Little First, you have to give Google access to your analytics data. “OH… Read More

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Multivariate Testing: What it Is, Why You Need It

by Ian Lurie 16 Mar, 2008

Friday, someone told me it’s hard to convince folks they need to use multivariate testing in their internet marketing campaigns. Once my mouth closed, I decided to write this post. What Multivariate Testing Is If you already know, you can skip down to why you need it, below. I can’t define it without twisting my… Read More


Web Analytics: The Myth of Inaccuracy

by Ian Lurie 12 Mar, 2008

I am so, so, so tired of ‘experts’ telling me that things like podcasts, social media or other, harder-to-quantify online media are “hard to measure”. Bull. The most difficult-to-measure online asset is far, far easier to measure than the best offline one. More Measurable Than Any Traditional Media Corporations have blown ridiculous amounts of cash… Read More

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Search Analytics: My SEMPDX Presentation

by Ian Lurie 11 Mar, 2008

Here’s the slides from my SEMPDX Presentation, ‘Search Marketing Analytics’, for those who needed them: | View | Upload your own What I Talked About It was a 10-minute presentation, with a few very basic points: Reports do not equal analytics. Analytics mean you did the work of analysis. At a minimum, you want to… Read More

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Google Analytics Tagging Demystified

by Ian Lurie 22 Feb, 2008

Google Analytics, Omniture, WebSideStory and other major analytics packages use tagging. They’re all worth spit if you don’t take advantage of it. This week I’ve had three clients nearly pop blood vessels over improper tagging by their teams. I thought a practical tutorial might be in order. Why? Without tagging, the software can’t accurately track… Read More


Bounce Rate: The Stat You Need To Know

by Ian Lurie 29 Jan, 2008

There’s an internet marketing metric you’re not watching, but you should be. You’re tracking visitors. You’re tracking pageviews. Hopefully, you’re even tracking keywords and conversions. But are you tracking bounce rate? Bounce Rate is the percentage of visitors leaving your site after viewing only the page on which they landed. If I visit your site,… Read More


Google Analytics Is Having Problems: Auto-Tagging Issues

by Ian Lurie 16 Jan, 2008

If you’re using Google Analytics, Google Adwords and ‘auto-tagging’, you may have noticed that your numbers suddenly dropped: It’s not you. We’ve researched this and contacted Google. Here’s what we found out: Apparently, this is only occurring for folks using auto-tagging. If you’re using UTM codes, you’re fine. Google is aware of the problem and… Read More

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New Google Analytics Features Rolling Out

by Ian Lurie 12 Dec, 2007

Google Analytics is getting ready to roll out some cool new stuff. Looks like they’ve started. I went in to check the stats for my blog, and can now compare two metrics: This kind of comparison is very valuable. With it, you can check to see if, say, pageviews/visit remain stable with visits increase. If… Read More

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