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Thread: Google analytics (time on site)

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    Google analytics (time on site)

    I'm currently using google analytics to display visitor reports from my site, and personally I think it's better than webalizer and other competitors.

    However, I have a question that I was hoping that someone would be able to answer:

    We get some visits from the US (we're in europe) that last 00:00:00 seconds which is, of course a bit odd. I'm guessing that:

    a. Analytics can not tell how long the visitor has actually been there (for some reason)
    b. It's some sort of server ping request and not an actual visitor

    Is any of the above true? And if so, how come?

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    Quote Originally Posted by insats View Post
    a. Analytics can not tell how long the visitor has actually been there (for some reason)
    b. It's some sort of server ping request and not an actual visitor

    Is any of the above true? And if so, how come?
    Google Analytics can tell you how long a visitor has been on the site, if you select Time on site then switch the view from 'Daily' to 'Hourly' it will give you some info on how long the site has been open on a browser for each hour.

    From google analytics....
    "Time on Site is one way of measuring visit quality. If visitors spend a long time visiting your site, they may be interacting extensively with it. However, Time on Site can be misleading because visitors often leave browser windows open when they are not actually viewing or using your site."

    I thought google was able to check if it was a robot pinging your site but I cant seem to see anything about that on there.

    David

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    It's probably just a robot.
    got pwnt?

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