A University Web Team's Approach to Google Analytics
A University Web Team’s Approach
Chris Traganos | ABCD-WWW
• Google Analytics is an enterprise grade
web service that provides detailed and
accurate reporting on website metrics.
• Unique marketing based approach to
analyzing web traffic.
• Free for use with a Google Account
• Multiple sites can be analyzed, along with
multiple users per site (administrators &
view only reports are options).
• University Operations Services (UOS) is a
service organization within Harvard.
• Provides many essential services used by
the Harvard community on a daily basis.
• Website has monthly traffic of 20k unique
visitors averaging 100k pageviews.
• Previous metrics software was WebTrends
• The vast majority of our users visit
www.uos.harvard.edu because they need
specific services and information.
• By reviewing the metric using Analytics,
we can better serve the user while they
travel throughout our website.
• The Google Analytics Tracking Code
every page within the site. It collects
anonymous visitor data and sends it back
to Google for processing. Results are
within 3-4 hours of real time.
• The load time is extremely short since the
ga.js (18kb) is cached from any site using ga.js
Analytics. The individual site data is
stored in your Google account only.
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• Ad Filters such as NoScript and AdBlock
can block the GATC from collecting data.
have similar blocking issues.
• Such gaps in data collection are considered
acceptable since the aggregate metric data
is accurate. (3.05% in the US)
Discussion for group:
• Use Google Analytics or other web metrics
software at the University?
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