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Unread 17th June 2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Screw Google, Full Analytics with NO Google snooping

Google doesn't care about you, so say goodbye.



If you are like me, Google hasn't done you too many favors, and I don't just mean getting my site moved down in the rankings.

Adsense (goodbye)

How about a canceled adsense account after 7+ years, no explanation.

AdWords (goodbye)

How about a canceled Adwords account after 4 years, no explanation... well they did tell me some landing pages were not good (but of course deleting the offending pages doesn't help).

Google News Site (Goodbye)

How about any of you with a Google News site that one day is canceled, after 7 months of them getting free content from you?

Who is calling the kettle black?

Oh, you didn't realize that the company that hates duplicate content steals everyone elses content? Think about it, what is Google except a company that creates very little unique content and their business model is stealing others content. Why would you give them one more shot at your data and business model!

Oh, that's right, they are different, they are Google.

Lets face it:

Google sucks, they own you, so why not give them the finger?

Even after all the horror stories that probably were your horror stories too, you trust them with your data. Not only that, you trust them with your business model.

Why do I say that, well because if you do any analytic tracking, and you should, you are probably depending on Google Analytics or some paid company "in the cloud."

Now I can understand someone saying screw Google and moving to another platform, but why would anybody trust any third party, much less Google, with their analytic data? It doesn't make any sense, and fortunately you can rid yourself of one more stranglehold that the big "G" probably has on you.

There are those who just shrug their shoulders and say "Google knows everything anyway." Well hopefully you understand that they don't. They only know what goes through "their" search and other properties. They don't own Facebook, they don't own Twitter, hell they don't own that much really. They don't know what keywords or traffic was sent by other means.

Google Relief, Finally

Well, I have been a systems admin/programmer since before the Web existed. In fact my first website, which I still own, is older than Google. So I have been around the net for a loooong while.

I am also a great advocate of open source and when Linux first was started, I snuck a server into one of my companies data centers (we were running DEC VAX's and I hated it, got my head chewed off by the IT director, but tough, the VP of Ops was who I worked for). Anyway, I like to own my data, and even though I like "the cloud," I am a little paranoid of this, and as far as storing stuff in Google’s "cloud," well you can forget it.

Yes I know, you can't dismiss Google, but you sure can give them the short arm salute ( a little US Coast Guard humor there). If your organization chart depends a little too much on Google, it is time to fire them and take control of your business back.

Own your statistics... for free

I talked to many people and they didn't realize that a free Google Analytics replacement existed. They either were resigned to the fact that Google owned their data, or they found another provider that cost money, or worse yet, didn't track their money sites for fear that Google would snoop on their data and somehow penalize them.

I decided to create a set of tutorials for the open source program Piwik, and yes, if you are technical, you may not need all of my course, but even some of the advanced stuff you may not know.

Piwik allows you, for free, to very easily keep track of any websites you want. You can track goals, just like Google Analytics. You can track keywords, just like Google Analytics. Many people even say it is easier to use than Google Analytics. I agree.

Enter Piwik Mastery

That is why I created Piwik Mastery, so anyone could install and use this powerful and free tool.

Oh, don't worry, this may be the simplest thing you have done. Well maybe not the simplest, but certainly very easy. I'm not kidding...

Even if you have never installed a program in your life

I made sure that almost anyone could setup Piwik on their hosting account and do it in less than a half an hour. If you don't want to do the installation, you can still outsource it and learn how to use Piwik and it's advance

Fair warning


I mention in the lessons that there are certain things that Piwik can't track (and to be honest, neither can any other analytics program), and that is your AdSense account. If you want exact details about every AdSense ad (and most other javascript based ads), you have, then Piwik is not the answer for you.

If you want free, and private (as in you own the data, no one else), information about visitors to your website with many advance features, then, by all means buy this now.

Proof


Here are some of the comments I received before I even finished all of the videos. You can imagine how much more value you will receive.

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I have viewed all of the videos now and have to agree that they are well done. Short, direct and with no fluff or BS. Call me paranoid but I like having an alternative to Google analytics. -- Ray Smith
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I am truly blown away by this product. I have never been completely satisfied with Google Analytics, but what option did I have? I had never heard of Piwik before Jon informed me of it, but even if I had, I would never have used an open source analytics only because the use and install would have scared me away from it.

Jon has put together a video series that is step-by-step, clear, clean and concise. The quality of the videos is very high, so we can easily see everything he is doing. We get to watch him every step of the way in setting this up and using it, right over his shoulder so to speak. No one will be left in the dark or lost. He makes it very easy to understand, and very easy to follow along.

I also like the fact that the videos can be watched on-line or downloaded, whichever we prefer.

I will never again have to deal with Google Analytics. YAY! –- Ed Akehurst
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While not completely possible, I try to avoid all things Google. I had tried Piwik for my website analytics a while ago but gave up after finding the documentation little help.

As soon as I saw the first few videos of Jon's I realized what I was missing! Jon walks you through Piwik in simple to understand chunks from installation to the advanced features.

I am very impressed with the quality of the videos and the number of topics he covers for the small investment you would be making.

This is one video series that will find a permanent spot on my hard drive and will be referenced often! –- Michael Gunn

Heres what you get:

  • "Piwik Mastery" Video Series - 23 Videos that explain Piwik from installation to setting up goals and other advanced topics. The average running time per video is about 5 minutes. I am a professor and know that nothing kills learning faster than long videos that combine many concepts. By keeping the videos short and to the point, you can easily find what you are looking for.
    • Download and install Piwik
    • Setup custom reporting
    • Learn to use visitor reports
    • Learn to use referrers reports
    • Learn to use action reports
    • Easily set up goals to supercharge your analytics
    • Discover how easy it is to integrate with Wordpress and Drupal
    • Much, much more
  • Mp3 Recordings of All Videos! – If you don't have time to watch the videos, or just want to listen to them in your car, around the home, or when you workout, I've included an mp3 recording of all the videos.
  • "Piwik Mastery" Ebook - The entire course transcribed and annotated with screenshots.
Bonus
  • "Using cPanel to install MySQL" Tutorial - In case you don't know how to install MySQL, I have included a video which walks you through the easiest and most common way to install the MySQL database that is needed to install Piwik.
  • I have more unannounced bonuses, but if I announced them they wouldn't be unannounced!
Why am I charging so little?

For a limited time, I am offering members of the Warrior Forum an unbelievable deal. The price will eventually be $47, but the most you will pay is $17 and if you hurry it could be a lot less!

That and to be honest, I am looking to expand my business and the best way to do that is to create a great product and to “bribe” you with such a low price.

My Guarantee

Go through the course immediately. If after 10 minutes you haven't already gotten your moneys worth... I REQUEST that you contact me... and I will return every penny of your purchase...quietly and promptly... No questions asked. You only stand to gain by acting on this immediately... better yet... I will extend the no question asked refund period to 30 days. All I ask is that you truly looked at the course and after trying to use it, found it wasn't worth the paltry amount you paid.

You have 2 choices today:
  1. Continue to depend on Google or some other company to safeguard your data.
  2. OR... you can give Google the finger and start using Piwik Mastery to free your data and let you take control of one more aspect of your business and confidential data.
So, what will it be?

CLOSED Sorry



P.S. How much is peace of mind worth to you? Do your really want Google to know everything about your sites? I didn't think so. Do you trust any other company with your data? You shouldn't. Just get Piwik Mastery now and know that your company analytics are safe on YOUR server, not someone elses.

P.P.S. One more important thing. Sure you could figure this out yourself, in fact it isn't hard, but you won't have to if you use Piwik Mastery. How much is your time worth? With Piwik Mastery, you will be able to install and start using Piwik today, and give the finger to Google.

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That's the first time I hear about "Piwik". Since Google banned my adwords account a few months ago for no reason, I too am part of the "screw Google" community.

A good reason to give this a try.
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That's the first time I hear about "Piwik". Since Google banned my adwords account a few months ago for no reason, I too am part of the "screw Google" community.

A good reason to give this a try.
I am not crazy enough to think I can completely eliminate Google, but I would love too! Those stories are real, I wish it was just a high paid copywriter
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Unread 17th June 2011, 08:09 PM   #4
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Looks like a great idea!

Grabbing it now...

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Default Re: Screw Google, Full Analytics with NO Google snooping

I'm not even sure that I can emphasis this strongly enough...


Google mines enough of your data WITHOUT you handing them the keys to your sites stats. AT ALL COSTS, Installing and using Google Analytics on your site is the same thing as inviting a vampire into your house - sooner or later they are going to bite, and when they do, there is a good chance that your life will never be the same.

In many cases, by using GA, you are allowing Google to see:

your linking structure
Your referrers
etc

So, if they penalize one of your sites, there is a good chance that they get all of them.
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I'm not even sure that I can emphasis this strongly enough...


Google mines enough of your data WITHOUT you handing them the keys to your sites stats. AT ALL COSTS, Installing and using Google Analytics on your site is the same thing as inviting a vampire into your house - sooner or later they are going to bite, and when they do, there is a good chance that your life will never be the same.

In many cases, by using GA, you are allowing Google to see:

your linking structure
Your referrers
etc

So, if they penalize one of your sites, there is a good chance that they get all of them.
Jeremy,
You are exactly right. I loved the old Google slogan that was something like, We are not evil.

Well times have changed, and I hope they become the next has been. Unlikely, but a good fantasy@
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Excellent information Jon!!

There are over 20 videos that walk you through all the steps. They are short, concise and to the point. No fluff and very easy to follow and I know I will have no problem when I go to install Piwik. You have made it so easy!

I wish everyone did videos like you did. They are so clear and easy to see all the detail. So many people make lousy videos where the screen is too small or the details are fuzzy so it is harder to follow along. Not these, they are perfect.

I also really like that I can download them to my computer as I prefer to have them local.

There are also mp3's and a 55 page pdf that is great to use for reference.

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I added more to the book since I got more transcriptions done. It is now over 100 pages and will be uploaded once the last transcription is done tomorrow.

I am glad everyone is liking these. Thanks for the comments!

I haven't done a WSO in a long time and wanted to make everything better than expected!
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Will we be able to use Piwik in conjunction with Google? Or should we choose one?
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Hey tresero, this looks great and I'm about to buy it. But before I do, I'm wondering if you (or anyone else reading this) has been able to sell a site on Flippa using Piwik instead Google Analytics?

Thanks.
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Hey tresero, this looks great and I'm about to buy it. But before I do, I'm wondering if you (or anyone else reading this) has been able to sell a site on Flippa using Piwik instead Google Analytics?

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I actually have, but I don't really want to say which site. It was a Google news site.

I am not sure that it makes that much difference, but you can fake screen shots everywhere!! If you buy this you will see that I am not BSing. My crummy sites are shown on the video as well.

I may be too honest, but I really think that anyone who doesn't buy a site because you are using Piwik, is looking to screw you.

Thanks for the interest
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Man, I hope you are for real because this would be the best thing since Firefox, all the great add-ons for it, Audacity, Open Office, No Script and other cool Open Source apps that make our lives better, operating on a "higher plane" of humanity!

I've been avoiding the temptation to do as Jeremy stated, "to let a vampire into my house," but have been dying to get something like this - an alternative to GA that wouldn't threaten my fledgling IM empire.

I have high hopes for Piwik, and wish you the best of luck with this.

Where do I sign up as an affiliate?

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Just tried playing a couple of the videos -all very professionally presented and well arranged. I never use G for anything except the kw tool which is screwed anyway, not even a gmail account, nor chrome. Scroogle doesn't exist for no reason, I use it all the time. I already knew about piwik but it all seemed complicated to me as regards installation and setup, so I am looking forward to getting through this course!

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Man, I hope you are for real because this would be the best thing since Firefox, all the great add-ons for it, Audacity, Open Office, No Script and other cool Open Source apps that make our lives better, operating on a "higher plane" of humanity!

I've been avoiding the temptation to do as Jeremy stated, "to let a vampire into my house," but have been dying to get something like this - an alternative to GA that wouldn't threaten my fledgling IM empire.

I have high hopes for Piwik, and wish you the best of luck with this.

Where do I sign up as an affiliate?

This is for real, don't worry! I know it is not the normal WSO fare, but I had many people ask about Piwik and decided to make this.

I think once you go to Piwik, you won't miss GA, except for one very specific case and I mention that, you want to track every adsense click.
No analytics program can track 3rd party stuff like adsense, so you have no choice.

I don't use adsense anymore, the 56 cents a day in earnings aren't worth the headache of fooling google into giving me another account. There are too many other productive things to advertise!

Thanks for the interest.
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Jon - this looks really good. I also trust Jeremy's advice. Inside the membership area, the links at the top are a little hard to read against the dark blue background. Other than that, I'm really looking forward to digging into this.
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Do you think there is a danger that sites that g cannot examine in so much detail would not get ranked so high by them?
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Hey Jon
Fab - just installed and set up my sites, will be using wp plugin - how fantastic and what a result!! I assumed I had to pay a lot of money every month to get this info which thanks to you I now have for free! The $10 is sooo worth it - thankyou for making it easy
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GRAB THIS. Using Piwik is one of the best thing you'll do to maintain your own statistics outside of G, and tresero has done a FANTASTIC job with this tutorial/course. This is a must-have for any serious internet marketer (whether you're a newbie or expert).
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Do you think there is a danger that sites that g cannot examine in so much detail would not get ranked so high by them?
I have found the opposite to be true. Google has no insight other than what they get searches on, so it can't really penalize you. Google knows a lot, but they don't know everything, there are lots of sites that are in the top 10 using no google anything.

But, it is Google, so who knows for sure!
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* Don't be evil. Don't be evil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'm not close to ditching Google, because they supply the majority of my sites' traffic, and I haven't been penalized/banned. But I can see where you guys are coming from...

My question is: what do you think you were blacklisted for? Were you playing it straight and narrow, or doing some 'creative' stuff that big G caught on to and decided it was against their rules or terms of service?

Tresero - how demanding is Piwik on the server? I run a cloud VPS and want to make sure it stays snappy after installing a real-time analytics package. Any insight into the resource demands of Piwik?
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I was doing nothing on adsense. I had the same account for many years, and it was for sites that were aged. Adwords, well I had a couple of ads going to CJ pages, Google basically says, fix them. Well you can't because they aren't yours!

As for resources, it uses hardly any. I would say in most cases, unless they are really, really busy, a cheap account will work.

As for ditching Google, using Piwik isn't ditching google, it is just not giving them your data and by extrapolating your data, your business model. Let them make their money off someone elses data. They get enough of it for free by stealing it from websites.
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Because we are on the Google is evil bandwagon, would you recommend dropping Google XML sitemaps?
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Just picked up my copy.

I don't know as much about Piwik as I should, apart from that it's an incredibly powerful alternative to Google Analytics (and providing some features that even Google doesn't offer). Plus, all the feedback so far is top notch.

Looking forward to diving in and getting started.

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Because we are on the Google is evil bandwagon, would you recommend dropping Google XML sitemaps?
I wish I could answer that, but I would be lying to tell you one way or another. I am not sure that the xml-sitemaps matter that much since all they are is a way for google to not have to spider all your pages.

They can get the same information anyway without your permission, so I think that they would be fine. It doesn't really share private information.
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Finished going through the content. An excellent set of professional training videos for Piwik.

Do make sure you watch the introductory ones first, before the installation ones, just in case you're not sure about the sheer power behind Piwik (these are after the installation videos in the list, but easy to spot).

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Hey Thanks for this. I've been using Piwik now on a few dozen sites and I've got the hang of the install, update and the integration in wordpress but have not ventured into goals and advanced analytics. I hope this course that Thom Lancaster referred me to will do that, so I just picked this up. I'm not always that well understood as to the dangers or snooping that goolge might provide if I'm linking some of my sites together via analytics, however, I've not really delved too deeply into google and always looked for alternatives. I've been pretty happy with piwik so far. Looking forward to getting some meaty additions to my understanding with your course.
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Hey Thanks for this. I've been using Piwik now on a few dozen sites and I've got the hang of the install, update and the integration in wordpress but have not ventured into goals and advanced analytics. I hope this course that Thom Lancaster referred me to will do that, so I just picked this up. I'm not always that well understood as to the dangers or snooping that goolge might provide if I'm linking some of my sites together via analytics, however, I've not really delved too deeply into google and always looked for alternatives. I've been pretty happy with piwik so far. Looking forward to getting some meaty additions to my understanding with your course.
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I think you will find what you need here. I am also putting together a bonus on some even more advanced stuff as well so stay tuned.

I think you might find some hidden gems in the reports and goals sections though.

Let me know, and if you have any questions my email is in the receipt you got.

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Purchased.

Just a little feedback, after downloading all the videos:

Would be nice if it were available as one ZIP file, with all the files/folders ready in the order you mentioned on the Member's Home page.

Piwik Mastery
01 Introduction
01 Why You Need Piwik.mp4
02 Piwik Dashboard.mp4
03 Show All Sites.mp4
02 Installation
01 Upload Files.mp4
02 Install.mp4
03 User Administration.mp4
....etc
Frankly, that's the first thing I did after receiving all of 'em. But that's just me.

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Purchased.

Just a little feedback, after downloading all the videos:

Would be nice if it were available as one ZIP file, with all the files/folders ready in the order you mentioned on the Member's Home page.

Piwik Mastery
01 Introduction
01 Why You Need Piwik.mp4
02 Piwik Dashboard.mp4
03 Show All Sites.mp4
02 Installation
01 Upload Files.mp4
02 Install.mp4
03 User Administration.mp4
....etc
Frankly, that's the first thing I did after receiving all of 'em. But that's just me.

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good idea, and I am doing it now!
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Hi Jon

While we got you on the feedback, could you also change the order of the download according to your "Here is my recommended order"? I find it contradicting when your auto archive is on the Installation module.

Oh yes, I've been meaning to ask, will you be teaching us how to track multiple campaign for one destination URL?

For example, forum sig, email sig, article marketing, Tweet, and Facebook tracked links for one single destination URL? That way, we'll know which of those channels are giving us good/poor results.

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Hi Jon

While we got you on the feedback, could you also change the order of the download according to your "Here is my recommended order"? I find it contradicting when your auto archive is on the Installation module.

Oh yes, I've been meaning to ask, will you be teaching us how to track multiple campaign for one destination URL?

For example, forum sig, email sig, article marketing, Tweet, and Facebook tracked links for one single destination URL? That way, we'll know which of those channels are giving us good/poor results.

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Auto archive should be in advanced, I probably wasn't thinking!

I am setting up some campaigns to do exactly that, but since I can't get an adwords account easily, I have to do some other things.

I am also working on the newly released ecommerce reporting that just came out today with the latest upgrade.

Stay tuned.
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Thanks for the prompt reply!

Yes, if you could walk us through the campaign tracking, that would be really great!

Piwik's got a few new functions in the last 6 months, we could potentially use the system to the full potential for our IM requirements. If you provide practical examples on how it can be done, that would be an immense value.

I am referring Derek (my tracking teacher) to your WSO. You both should hook up.

Btw, do you work with Prosper 202?

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Auto archive should be in advanced, I probably wasn't thinking!
Oh yes, it wasn't meant as a criticism. I just wanted a more convenient way to download the material in a logical manner.

If you have recommended order of what we should learn first, we'll just follow.

I'm loving the multi-media format. Audio, PDF and videos. That's really awesome!

Looking forward to the training on campaigning. I'd like to see how effective (and time efficient) we can get with our marketing efforts.

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Oh yes, it wasn't meant as a criticism. I just wanted a more convenient way to download the material in a logical manner.

If you have recommended order of what we should learn first, we'll just follow.

I'm loving the multi-media format. Audio, PDF and videos. That's really awesome!

Looking forward to the training on campaigning. I'd like to see how effective (and time efficient) we can get with our marketing efforts.

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don't worry you were right, I moved them to the right place, but it is Father's day, so I couldn't finish everything!

I am glad you like them.

I am going to run some facebook and other campaigns tomorrow to get the campaigns portion going.
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Sounds like you have put in a lot of time getting them most out of Piwik, I'll be very interested in seeing what little gems you can teach me.

I removed the G$$gle Analytics script from most of my websites about 2 years ago and have been using Piwik since then. I did this for several reasons, including;
(1) I found at time my blog pages were being slowed down waiting for GA script to record the information.
(2) I prefer to have control over my information on my server whenever I can
(3) I dont want make it too easy for G$$gle to be able to make the connections between all the sites I own.

I have to say Piwik has improved immensley in past year or so, it is a really excellent analytical tool and it's getting better and better, it provides all the information I want on my own server and out of prying eyes.


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Sounds like you have put in a lot of time getting them most out of Piwik, I'll be very interested in seeing what little gems you can teach me.

I removed the G$ Analytics script from most of my websites about 2 years ago and have been using Piwik since then. I did this for several reasons, including;
(1) I found at time my blog pages were being slowed down waiting for GA script to record the information.
(2) I prefer to have control over my information on my server whenever I can
(3) I dont want make it too easy for G$ to be able to make the connections between all the sites I own.

I have to say Piwik has improved immensley in past year or so, it is a really excellent analytical tool and it's getting better and better, it provides all the information I want on my own server and out of prying eyes.


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Lee,
I hope that you learn something, and as I said above, I am working on some advanced campaign stuff and the new ecommerce module that was just announced yesterday.

I got rid of GA for every site I own, some clients still want to micromanage their adsense accounts, so they keep it on against my advice.


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I've been using Piwik for years (not GA) and I bet I haven't been using it to its full potential so I'm looking forward to Jon's course and seeing what gems I'll pick up.
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Just picked this up, Jon. I'll dig into the material later today.
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Very interesting topic...

Has anyone had any experiences with the effect on rankings by withdrawing from GA? Positive or negative...

Also any input on whether Google Webmaster Tools should be discontinued would be great :-) - I figure that Webmaster Tools pretty much just lets you see what Google knows and thinks about you... i.e. you're not giving anything away here... right or wrong?

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Is this better than statcounter??
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I believe it is better, for many reasons. You own your data, it is free, there are no limits to how much data you can store. and many more.
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Very interesting topic...

Has anyone had any experiences with the effect on rankings by withdrawing from GA? Positive or negative...

Also any input on whether Google Webmaster Tools should be discontinued would be great :-) - I figure that Webmaster Tools pretty much just lets you see what Google knows and thinks about you... i.e. you're not giving anything away here... right or wrong?

Have a fantastic day!
I have noticed no difference. Google has other ways to track urls, so why make it easy for them!
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