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Is Google Analytics No Longer Free?

mark schaaf
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Is Google Analytics No Longer Free?

I love and hate google at the same time but a little more on the hate side. I get about 95% of my traffic from google so that is good. I put my websites together not according to what they want but according to how I do things and that is correctly. However my problem with them now is there google analytics.

It seems like just when you get everything figured out and know how to use it well they have to change it again so you have to spend days if not weeks figuring out how to use it and where to find everything again. Also I know it is free but now it seems that are going to start a pay version so you can get some of the things you used to get for free like keywords.

I remember when I first started using analytics and every line in the keyword section had what keyword people used and now I am lucky to see more then one or two keywords listed. Without knowing what keywords people are using how can I change things around when I need to.

I asked google why this has changed and they said it is to protect the users privacy. Now I don't really understand that because unless they, meaning google tell us who the users are how in the world would we ever know who the user is. We don't get the IP address in analytics or there home address or anything like that so how is not giving us the keywords used be protecting anyone's privacy.
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cecille.l
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Hi Mark,

I did read in an SEO site that GoogleAnalytics has a paid version version, but this is for enterprise or corporate users. No one can tell what goes on with Google. It's one change after another. They've switched to the Google Keyword Planner now and the change you're seeing in their Analytics tool has probably something to do with that.

These days, it's best to find alternative ways of traffic. Don't just rely on search engines, particularly Google. That's not to say we should forget about SEO altogether, just that we should all be open to other methods of getting traffic to our sites.

My two cents. Have a good day!
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I'm with you on that one, g-analytics has gone way beyond my attention span with all their updates, I used to login and look at how people are finding me, bounce rates, conversions, referrals, maybe demographics, but that's about it, now it's completely too comprehensive for me especially when you have more than 10 content sites to manage.
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I agree with you Mark that we don't get the IP of a user in analytics and not providing keywords in analytics is somethings bother a lot to anticipate the market trend. As Cecellie said may be it has to do something with Keyword planner, may be it is... but what exactly I don't know. It has become difficult for me too to decide which keyword should I target ,,, in that case I m trying to find alternative. If you guys find some alternative then please let me know.
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Hi Alex,

Traffic Travis is a good alternative. It can show you the level of competition as well as the PPC cost of the keyword you're thinking to target. It can also help you analyze your site's on-page SEO. But of course, Traffic Travis can't show you traffic information like Google Analytics can. I would say try Affilotools for site statistics, but I think it also gets its information from Google Analytics. You can look and try it at http://www.affilorama.com/tools

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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