Reasons why Google Analytics is not tracking your website

google logoGoogle analytics is a good traffic analysis program which provides all the information of how a visitor has entered your website and what pages are being browsed. Every possible way to explain the visitor analysis is tried by Google in this program. And many webmasters use this tool for analysis of their website’s traffic.

But many people still face problems in installing the code and make Google track it probably to pull the correct stats, i thought i might list out some of the reasons why there is a glitch with tracking of your website visitors stats for Google analytics –

Firstly, when you install the tracking code, you should allow 24 hours for Google to pull traffic data and put in your account. It does not show any results within 24 hours, so don’t get panicked if you don’t see any traffic info for the first 24 hours.

A few other reasons -

  • Assure that your tracking code is copied correctly, as when you copy and paste the code in notepad, sometimes there are some spaces added in. And a single space change in the code can lead to errors and result in non-tracking of your website.
  • Placement of code - You have to find the correct file in your website, and have to compulsorily add the code just above </body> tag in the website code. That’s the only place that Google specifies to place your code and any change will give errors.
  • And copy the code that is given specifically for your website, as the code is not common for all the websites that you are tracking.
  • Usage of an Urchin software affects - Although it is always advised to use only Analytics, you can use more than one software to track your website visitors and Urchin software usage needs an addition to the original code for the tracking code to run. check it out here.
  • Analytics uses flash - The data that you are getting in analytics is mostly on Flash, and its always the latest version of flash, so sometimes you are using an old version of flash and you don’t get the flash opened. So keep updated with the latest flash version.
  • Update your ga.js version - The ga.js file, if hosted locally, sometimes needs updated as google updates the code and ga.js file. Outdated versions fail to track the visitor stats.

If you found any other error or reason why Google does not track your website properly, please share them too.

Comments

  1. shannon says:

    I recently added my analytics on my blog. yes, its very useful!

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  2. shannon says:

    I recently added my analytics on my blog. yes, its very useful!

    shannons last blog post..Money Scarcity 2

  3. Hussein says:

    Great.. I didn’t know about google’s updating the urchin thing.. :(

    Husseins last blog post..Yuvutu

  4. Hussein says:

    Great.. I didn’t know about google’s updating the urchin thing.. :(

    Husseins last blog post..Yuvutu

  5. And don’t forget my favorite – you forget to copy the tracking code to your new blog theme.

    I’ve done that twice. Not once, *twice!*

    Ah well, live and learn….

    Barbara

    Barbara Lings last blog post..15 Reasons To Just Freakin’ Do It…Stop The Complaining and Take Command! Make the Pitch Your Friend

  6. And don’t forget my favorite – you forget to copy the tracking code to your new blog theme.

    I’ve done that twice. Not once, *twice!*

    Ah well, live and learn….

    Barbara

    Barbara Lings last blog post..15 Reasons To Just Freakin’ Do It…Stop The Complaining and Take Command! Make the Pitch Your Friend

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  9. Isles Tech says:

    Re flash thing: this has nothing to do with tracking the stats, right? But only for seeing the results.

  10. Isles Tech says:

    Re flash thing: this has nothing to do with tracking the stats, right? But only for seeing the results.

  11. bubbles says:

    Google analytics does not use flash, it’s all Javascript based. The use of the urchin.js file has been deprecated a while ago.

    The most common reason for Google not tracking your site is that you have placed the code in the wrong place or you missed a part in the copy paste.

  12. bubbles says:

    Google analytics does not use flash, it’s all Javascript based. The use of the urchin.js file has been deprecated a while ago.

    The most common reason for Google not tracking your site is that you have placed the code in the wrong place or you missed a part in the copy paste.

  13. Great tips. I was testing the analytics for a site that I initiated today and was starting to wonder why my visits weren’t being tracked. Thanks for letting me know it will take 24 hours for google to start posting results.

  14. Great tips. I was testing the analytics for a site that I initiated today and was starting to wonder why my visits weren’t being tracked. Thanks for letting me know it will take 24 hours for google to start posting results.

  15. I’ve run into a strange problem….

    I noticed that the GA code in my website does not track my page (test page).

    But.. When I transferred the same exact code sample to a different domain, the problem resolved….

    Is there something else that could prevent GA from page tracking my website?

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated…

    Thanx!

  16. I’ve run into a strange problem….

    I noticed that the GA code in my website does not track my page (test page).

    But.. When I transferred the same exact code sample to a different domain, the problem resolved….

    Is there something else that could prevent GA from page tracking my website?

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated…

    Thanx!

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