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Google just transferred my Analytics account to the redesign and I like it very, very much. The new graphs are much more legible (they were very difficult to read for long data ranges previously). There are also sparklines next to summary data for easy trend reading, draggable date selection widgets, and a customizable dashboard for viewing your favorite reports.

There really wasn't any trouble adapting to the new interface as it pretty much is the same old data with the same basic navigation structure, but it is so much easier to grok now that it feels like a whole new product (one digression: thinner lines and scalable y-axis would help even more). It did crash my Firefox, but luckily SessionSaver saved this blog post from oblivion. Also, the 'Site Overlay' feature doesn't work for me anymore, but it's not something I used very often.

Update: I'm no longer using MeasureMap, which seems to be abandonware now that Google bought them

If you read your status bar carefully, you've probably noticed that this site is instrumented up the wazoo with various trackers. I've been using mybloglog, Google Analytics (Urchin), and awstats in combination to maintain this site. I also occassionally use stats from Google Sitemap and Feedburner, though more out of curiousity.

  • Google Analytics: where people are going and how well I'm retaining them
  • mybloglog: what links people are interested in
  • awstats: historical data and bandwidth data from my Web server logs.
  • Feedburner: what RSS readers people are using, how many people are subscribed, and what recent posts are popular
  • Google Sitemap: what search terms pull up, what search terms people actually click on to visit

When my server suddenly starts bogging down, as it did during Valentine's Day due to this puzzle, Google Analytics and/or awstats can usually point the finger. When I try something new with a MythBusters episode summary, mybloglog can often tell me if visitors are actually interested in that part of the summary, though only if that data makes it into the top ten links summary that mybloglog reports.*

I've found something I think is much better than mybloglog. MeasureMap does what mybloglog does, but much, much more. It will tell you what % of your posts are being visited, it does a better job of telling you where visitors came from, and it provides data far beyond the top ten that mybloglog gives you for free. It's also visually much more appealing and without some of the display and data bugs I've encountered with mybloglog.

I've had an invite for MeasureMap since December, but I forgot about it when I went on vacation and was only recently reminded of it again with the news that MeasureMap was bought by Google, just as the purchase of Urchin got me on Google Analytics. Most of my traffic comes via Google searches, so it may be appropriate that Google properties are responsible for most of my site tracking. Where's the competition?

* Paid versions of mybloglog give you data beyond the top ten