I have already switch my tracking code from the original old code to Universal Analytics code. Nothing need be changed on my sites. The only benefit form the official release is, more features come out.
Feature parity with Classic Analytics, new reports, better user-centric analysis
When Google first introduced Universal Analytics and ran the beta trial, the number one request from users was for full access to all Google Analytics features and tools. Bringing Universal Analytics out of beta means that all the features, reports, and tools of Classic Analytics are now available in the product, including Remarketing and Audience reporting.
Yes, Audience reporting is back.
Time Zone Based Processing: Fresher, more timely data
Updates to the Measurement Protocol: User Agent / IP Override
I will keep using Google Analytics for web site logging and analysis. It is a great tool for free.
I use Google Analytics to track this blog for many years. It did help me to understand much more of the readers.
Now Google Analytics has some new features released. The first thing I would like to add on my blog is Site Speed track.
The way to add it into the existing tracking code is just add following line:
Why Google implement this new feature?
My answer is Site speed / page load speed.
It is more important than before in the factors of Search Engine Optimization.
Google treat site speed as one of the most important factors of 100+ factors.
It is the third day. I check the report provided by Google Analytics. The chart looks so clear and beautiful.
After 24 hours collecting visitor information, the report is coming today.
The first one will be seen is Executive Overview.There are four main charts as below:
The Visits and Pageviews show us how many visits and pageviews in the specifiy date range.
The Geo Map Overlay display the visits’ geographic location in the world based on the city.
Visits by New or returning tell us how may visits are new visits by percentage.
Visits by Source organized the visits by referrals. Just tell us where the user came from or how did they find our site.
I received a Google Analytics invitation code this morning. I almost forget it after about four or five monthes waiting.
The website analytic systems I used over a year are including Awstats and sitemeter. Based on my experience, Awstats is a perfect web site log file analytic system. It provide a detail report.
The weakness is it is not realtime. I use it as a history log tool.
Sitemeter is an online service, which can let me know who is on my site now. It is an realtime tool. The cons is it has not detail history record, only the latest 20 100 record wil be viewd as a free service.
Google Analytics is free because of my site is under 5 million pageviews per day. I don’t need an AdWords account to link to it.
I added some site profiles into this Google Analytics account. It need 24 hours to collect enough data to display the report.