John Henson

John is a former LunaMetrician and contributor to our blog.

Update to Blog Posts

February 2, 2011

Many of our older posts include example JavaScript snippets, but usually (since they are “older” posts, after all) they don’t include the Asynchronous version.  We’ve been asked to update one of these posts, so we have. The post “Pittfalls of Tracking to Multiple Accounts in GA” has been updated to have some Async examples. Let […]

Hostnames. The Most Boring GA Report Ever. Or is it?

October 28, 2010

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Each time a page is viewed on a website with GA implemented, one of the pieces of information that is passed back to Google is the domain of the site on which the page was viewed. This seems pretty straight foward. If visitors view http://www.lunametrics.com/index.html the hostname is www.lunametrics.com If visitors view http://www.lunametrics.com/training.html the hostname […]

Was that visitor signed-in?

October 7, 2010

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With GA you can track custom information about a visitor, a specific visit, or a particular page with Custom Variables. One of the things people often want to do is to know when the visit is a signed-in visit. The GA JavaScript is pretty easy for this.  Assuming you’re not using any other Custom Variables, […]

Showing Page Titles & URLs in Google Analytics

July 15, 2010

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Sometimes when presenting a report to someone else, you may want to display a list of pages as Page Titles instead of URLs.  But you still want to filter the list to show only certain pages.  And you want to filter the list to only show pages based on the URL. In this screenshot, I […]

Quick Answers to Random Questions

June 24, 2010

In the right sidebar of our blog is a form that can be used to submit questions. Mostly it is just used to spam us, but we do occasionally get a legitimate question or two: Question 1 concerned exporting more rows.  The official GA blog posted an article on this topic not long ago.  The […]

Segment your Goal Funnel in Google Analytics

June 4, 2010

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What is a Funnel? Your goal funnel is the set of required pages leading up to your final goal, such as a purchase. You may be familiar with the Funnel Visualization report in Google Analytics (GA). It shows you how many visitors go to each step and how many leave the funnel at that step. […]

Filtering out traffic that is not from your website

June 1, 2010

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It sometimes happens that someone will accidentally use your GA Web Property ID (UA-xxxxx-y) in their website. When this happens, pageviews and visits from their website will show up in your GA reports. To prevent this, you can create a filter and apply it to your main profiles. The screenshot shows the use of a […]

Automatic Cross Domain Tracking

February 4, 2010

(Update: We have an automatic cross domain tracking script for the asynchronous version of Google Analytics. Check it out!) Whenever a visitor crosses from one domain to another, the information contained in the cookies must be passed in the query string to the second domain. Google Analytics documentation recommends using the provided method of _link().  […]

Make Mistakes While Noone is Watching

October 19, 2009

A website test can often involve a lot of people, IT staff, Designers, Content Owners, etc.  While the technicals are fairly straight-forward, the process involved to get everyone working together can be really hard.  And people *will* make mistakes. Are you going to wait to make those mistakes while everyone is focused on you for […]

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