A Different Approach to Cross-Domain Tracking

Most analytic tools use cookies to identify visitors. However, data stored in cookies is only visible in the domain in which the cookies were set/defined – which is a serious problem if your site cuts across multiple domains. If, for example, your visitor is presently on domain2.com, then your analytic tool will not be able[…]

Single vs. Multiple Properties in Google Analytics

Should one single property be used for all sections of a website, or a number of separate properties the better choice? This post aims at explaining why I believe that separated properties are sometimes better than a single property. I will, of course, try to provide you with all the necessary information for making an[…]

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The User-Centric Approach – Google Universal Analytics vs. Mixpanel

About 6 months ago, Google released Universal Analytics, which – in a nutshell – offers 4 new key features: Measurement Protocol – an API that can be used for multi-platform tracking Improved Feature Configuration Management – through the GA admin screens, rather than the JavaScript agent Custom Dimensions and Metrics – very similar to the[…]

Linking events to a specific user in Google Universal Analytics

In this post I will show you how to send events for a specific user from both the JavaScript agent (Analytics.js) and the Measurement Protocol. I could not find any existing information about how to do so. After some research, I did, however, find a great presentation by @techpad that talks about improving e-commerce tracking[…]

My Google Tag Manager Wishlist

The Google Tag Manager (GTM) is indeed a great tool to have. Although several tag management services did exist before (such as tagman and ubertags), none of them were as simple and as easy as GTM – at least not for me. I know the GTM has only been with us for few months, and[…]

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Using Google Tag Manager to Enable Visitors to Opt-Out of Being Tracked

Most websites use web analytics and marketing tools to track and optimize their visitors’ behavior. Most of those tools (Google Analytics, for example) use cookies for identifying these visitors. However, in some countries, website owners are required to receive specific authorization from each and every visitor for using cookies or storing personal information – or[…]

Analyzing Visitor Paths Using Google Analytics

Are you able to answer the following questions precisely: What is the exact trail each and every visitor goes through on your site prior to completing a goal? How many visits, pageviews or minutes are required until the average visitor converts? A few months ago I published a post about Goal Analysis and Distance to[…]