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March 11, 2013

Increase the amount of site speed data in Google Analytics

Out of the box, Google Analytics only records the navigation timing information for about 1% of page views.

Unless you’ve got a relatively big and busy site that generates over 10,000 “hits” to Google Analytics per day, then you will want to increase that sample rate and record as much page load speed information as possible into GA.

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September 18, 2012

Adding Google Analytics to your Tumblr mobile theme

Under the advanced section of the “customize” settings of your Tumblr blog there is the option to “use optimized mobile layout”.

Enabling this gives you a quick, clean, simple mobile version of your site which is shown automatically to mobile visitors.

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June 7, 2012

Piwik: Disable cookies in async tracking snippet

From version 1.8 of open source web analytics package Piwik it’s been possible to set Piwik not to create and use cookies for the tracking of visitors to your site. In addition to that, Piwik also honours the Do Not Track setting in your browser.

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July 25, 2010

First touch and last touch

Whilst continuing my investigation into different methods of viewing the full referring URL in Google Analytics, I’ve Realised that the umtr variable in Google Analytics is using first touch attribution. that is, only the referring URL passed in the umtr variable of the very first page view of a visit is recorded and available in reports.

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July 23, 2010

Full referrers in Google Analytics

Both Nikki Rae and Simon Sundén (and many others over the years) have blogged about how you can make use of an advanced filter and filtering the full referring URL to the “user defined” report. This is really useful as it creates a straight forward, readable, list of referring URLs.

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