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Does not have "advertising".[edit]

I see no advertising on the main page; the page merely explains how Google Analytics works. However, there is at present a header that complains about advertising. I have no connection with Google. (2009-07-07, 19:25 PDT) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Futurepower(R) (talkcontribs) 02:30, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Unrelated See-Also Section[edit]

I don't think the links in the See Also section should be there: "Google and privacy issues", "Criticism of Google" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:56, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

Where do these links belong? Ottawahitech (talk) 14:35, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

Seeking feedback on Google Groups article[edit]

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Business Use[edit]

Is GA free for anyone to use? Even corporations/businesses? -- 16:28, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes - free, whether you are an advertiser with Google or not and free even if you do not wish to do any other business with Google - B Clifton, former Head of Web Analytics EMEA, Google —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bclifton (talkcontribs) 15:10, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Google Analytics & Privacy[edit]

A quick search on 'google analytics and privacy' bought up many articles related to Google Analytics & Privacy. Could these sort of issues be listed maybe under a 'privacy concerns' section of the article. Currently this article looks like some sort of tidy corporate ad! -- (talk) 02:32, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Some Sources:

With google Analytics you can send your repots via email —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:24, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Is AdWords required?[edit]

Google's use of the word 'free' maybe deceptive if Adwords, which is a pay-for service, is required.

"2. FEES AND SERVICES . Subject to Section 15 herein, the Service is provided without charge to You for up to 5 million pageviews per month per account, and if You have an active Adwords campaign in good standing, the Service is provided without charge to You without a pageview limitation." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:33, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

No, Adwords is not required. See "Business Use" above - B Clifton, former Head of Web Analytics EMEA, Google —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bclifton (talkcontribs) 15:12, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Google Analytics and Privacy 2[edit]

(First off: I don't know how to append this to the other comment to the privacy, but someone should do it...)

This article definetly needs the "This article is written like an advertisment"-tag, since it simply IS an advertsiment, without any criticism whatsover. But, Google-Analytics is a highly dubious feature, which is implemented on many blog websites without consent of the blogger and without any benefit for the blogger. Furthermore, it is an absolute privacy nightmare, because a lot of personal information is collected (Just do a google search for "google analytics privacy" - starting at about search result 15, you will find negative reviews exclusively) I think this needs to be included in the article somehow... if noone is going to do that, I will, but I would prefer someone else to do that since my English is not the best (although probably sufficient for a small section), and I don't know how to add the advertisement-tag either. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:36, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

I have no knowledge of Blog websites that add Google Analytics without Blogger consent. But I think this should be a criticism to the Blog website not Google Analytics. They could be adding another Analytics plataform.
Sending personal information strictly prohibited per Google Terms of Service. But again this is a criticism for someone that is doing that. Eduardocereto (talk) 17:04, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

Google Analytics and Privacy 3[edit]

(I don't know how to append comments either...)

WRT privacy, although there are many articles about Google, Google Analytics and privacy, a great deal of it is misinformed information and not relevant (and certainly shouldn't be perpetuated here). For example, it is against the Google Analytics ToS to collect personal identifiable information on web site visitors - see for example section 7 of All data reports are at the anonymous and agreegate level. In fact that is an important distinction of GA versus many of its competitors.

I understand the concerns of privacy and Google and that is an important debate. However I do not feel this particular page is the correct place to have that debate, which should be about the history and facts of the tool/service. Bclifton (talk) 00:01, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Mobile Analytics[edit]

Seems the Gremlins have been in here attempting to hijack this page for promoting mobile analytics. Please don't do that - its against the spirit of Wiki! Bclifton (talk) 00:01, 31 August 2008 (UTC)

Bugs and lack of support[edit]

The page states: "Google offers no mechanism to report bugs or support." I must say that there (now) are support options, such as a bug list and a contact form. I suggest that this paragraph is removed, it seems outdated. JorritSchippers (talk) 13:15, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Campaign Tracking and Tagging[edit]

I noticed the article doesn't talk about tracking parameters much. Like all web analytics programs, Google Analytics requires good data to come *in* for the data that comes out to be actionable. This is especially true for marketing campaigns. I wrote this article on campaign tagging that covers the basics - campaign tagging with Google Analytics Digitalalex (talk) 23:32, 27 December 2008 (UTC)digitalalex

Link Spam?[edit]

It appears that most links are added as a means to advertise websites. I suggest replacing as many of them as possible with links to information on Google's website. Please review all links.


I'm suprised that no one has mentioned the fact that anyone accessing the site without the use of JavaScript, such as a spider, or other process will not be collected by GA. Also, there is a lot of information available in traditional web analytic applications that work from Log Files that is not available in GA - such as pages reporting a 500 series HTTP Code. This should be added to prevent an unglorified view of GA. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:13, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Hi. It seems the current version of the article addresses your concerns, however only in a qualitative way. It would be very interesting to know how much the results are typically biased by users not using necessary technologies (js, cookies...). 0.1%? 10%? (talk) 20:41, 24 May 2012 (UTC)


The article does not say if a website using the services of Google Analytics, automatically displays on its page to its customer/visitor that his/her visit is being registered. Politis (talk) 09:26, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

I think this goes for any analytics software. If this is an issue, it should be stated on the terms and conditions of the website. The analytics software has no involvement in this. Talktrue (talk) 19:37, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Unreliable source on JavaScript percent[edit]

The source, indicating that only minor percent of users have JavaScript disabled, is a blog and not a scientific study. As such, it lacks completely any details on how the data were collected, how representative the data are (user at work, user at home?) and how the result is affected by tools like NoScript that block JavaScript per page. Also the results of such importance should likely be published in more reliable source. I have placed {{fact}} next to this reference, some better reference is needed here.

Contradicting Information[edit]

In the summary
It is the most widely used website statistics service[1], currently in use at around 57% of the 10,000 most popular websites.
In Google Analytics#High Profile Sites using Google Analytics
Google Analytics is used at 3813, or 38.13%, of the 10,000 most popular websites (as ranked by Alexa Internet) ordered by popularity, as reported by

--He!ko (talk) 14:45, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

Recent news[edit]

Hi, it seems that Google Analytics now don't receive information about which keywords were used by clients who visited their websites through Google Search (source). Can you add the information?

Recent news[edit]

Hi, it seems that Google Analytics now don't receive information about which keywords were used by clients who visited their websites through Google Search (source). Can you add the information? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:54, 26 December 2013 (UTC)