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Can Google analytics be bad for your site?

Why not I say...
After all they publicly speak of being in disfavor of sites whose main purpose is to sell something. With all access and data that we hand them trough GA they know we are selling...They knew it already but they know immeasurably much more with all tracking we provide them with...I mean they have piece of their code on our every page

I did a little investigation for my keywords.  Surprisingly how few of my competitors rank well as of recently...it is all forums and blogs now in first 3 or 4 places.
Also I looked in their source html and many of them don't even use GA.
alexandar Send private email
Friday, July 12, 2013
 
 
I found it always curious that many people dabbling in search result manipulation (SEO) use Google Analytics.

I have always been paranoid about that and only used server-local log analytics.
Jeremy Morassi Send private email
Friday, July 12, 2013
 
 
I've used 'black-hat' and GA at the same time without problem.

Where I get paranoid is when using both Adwords and GA...





AC
Reluctantlyregistered Send private email
Friday, July 12, 2013
 
 
Why not use Clicky then?

http://clicky.com/

They now have heatmap as well.
Vladimir Dyuzhev Send private email
Friday, July 12, 2013
 
 
You wrote:
"After all they publicly speak of being in disfavor of sites whose main purpose is to sell something"

1)Where have you read that?
2)In my niche all the commercial sites (except one) are not in first page anymore for the main keyword  for the type of the commercial software.
All you get in first page are blogs, youtube, wiki, some other sites like wiki AND MANY (2-3) results from cNet (most of them are for free softwares in the same niche).
I assumed it is only in my niche but now you say it is general?

Anybody else noticed it?
That the commercial sites that develops the software are not in first page anymore and first page are all cNet, blogs, wiki and such? 
I see 60% drop in traffic even since that started.
 

I would love to here from you about this issue (or maybe open new thread about that)
Not Now Send private email
Friday, July 12, 2013
 
 
I don't say it is general but I clearly noticed it for terms I'm interested in. Now you say you see the same thing in your line of work.
Well I don't beliebe if you typed in 'excel' or 'mozilla' that a blofg would be the first result but for small products as we have here that is what is happening.

Even if i search for my product exact name (which is not just a general phrase but very specific) it tends to be in 4-5 place.
alexandar Send private email
Saturday, July 13, 2013
 
 
"I see 60% drop in traffic even since that started."

My traffic has  dropped by 50% since june 6th, why I have no idea.
alexandar Send private email
Saturday, July 13, 2013
 
 
>> That the commercial sites that develops the
>> software are not in first page anymore and first
>> page are all cNet, blogs, wiki and such? I see 60%
>> drop in traffic even since that started.

I noticed exactly this. Blogs, CNet, Videos & Free software are listed in first 2 pages.

@Alexander

You may want to study google's algorithm changes:
http://moz.com/google-algorithm-change
Gautam Jain Send private email
Saturday, July 13, 2013
 
 
I open new thread about this issue:
http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?biz.5.854175.0
[Have google stopped ranking Commercial software sites on page 1?]
Not Now Send private email
Saturday, July 13, 2013
 
 
I also opened a new inquiry about the possibility to drop GA:

http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?biz.5.854184.0
Franco Graziosi Send private email
Saturday, July 13, 2013
 
 

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