Monday, December 17, 2007

New Google analytics tracking code | ga.js replaces urchin.js in Google Analytics

Google unleashes new Google analytics tracking code. The new tracking code is coined as ga.js andwill replace urchin.js.

What is special in the new tracking code?

The new tracking has got custom-make options and auto detection of https. The new code gets updated with the features getting released hereafter, the old urchin.js will not be receiving any updates hereafter. _trackview function takes the place of urchintracker. Trackview function can measure page views and custom links viz. flash, downloads etc. though counts those page views as extra page views.The users of the urchin.js can continue to use the code for another one full year, after that the code will not work.

How to change the tracking code?

Very easy, the unique UA number has to be replaced in the new code.

Features of new GA code that can be customised

Tracking virtual page views
Tracking downloaded files
Tracking a page in multiple accounts
Tracking subdomains
Track a visitor across domains using a link
Track a visitor across domains using a form
E-commerce transactions
Adding organic sources
Segmenting visitor types
Restrict cookie data to a subdirectory
Control data collection settings
Control session timeout
Control campaign conversion timeout
Custom campaign fields
Using the anchor with campaign data in URL
Setting keyword ignore preferences
Control the data sampling rate

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