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  1. I am not in the least confused. I have flagged this thread for closure.

  2. why because you don't like the question? you are abusing the flagging system if you close this topic simply because you don't want a question to be answered.

  3. and if you understood the question why would you be giving answers to a question i dint ask and ignore the original question?

    not trying to be a pain here but i think you are being a bit overreactive, and evasive frankly.

  4. There is nothing more to be said in answer to the question as the support documentation clearly states this:

    Additional Info
    Can I use Google Analytics?
    No, Google Analytics cannot be used on WordPress.com blogs at this time. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info

    Note 1: There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes this.
    search results > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/google-analytics

    Note 2: Staff can make the call on either closing the thread or leaving it open. I simply made the request.

  5. im not arguing with any of that, ok?

    i am simply adding my voice to the herd of people saying that decision should be reconsidered unless there is a viable alternative. all the links you have sent are referring to selling or placing ads on wp.com sites.

    LET ME REPEAT THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO.

    we simply want to track inbound traffic that we are paying for using other outside ad services. i don't understand why this should cause some much turmoil.

  6. we simply want to track inbound traffic that we are paying for using other outside ad services. i don't understand why this should cause some much turmoil.

    When Staff have the time to they will post and repeat what's stated in the support documentation that I linked to above and also on the first page of this lengthy thread. The bottom line is that as we bloggers cannot run Google Analytics on free hosted WordPress.com blogs at this time, to run Google Analytics you will have to hire a web host and set up a WordPress.org install.

  7. Ok my question is not about whether or not GA should be possible with wp.com or goes against their policies, i think that is self evident. My question is about if anyone here has a viable alternative to GA in order to track incoming paid traffic.

    I think that is a really basic question that a lot of people could benefit from hearing an answer. If you don't know of any thats fine but please don't refer me to policies about something that i'm not asking about and please don't try to tell me the question isn't valid because it is or people wouldn't keep asking about GA. If you feel is off topic or that the thread is too long then fine lets move it but i would disagree personally as i feel like this is exactly on topic and a good answer/alternative to GA could very well stop a lot of people form asking about it which i think you'd appreciate as much as anyone.

  8. velocityfactor
    Member

    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    The only alternative that I have been able to find to google analytics is the analytics package that comes with wordpress.com. It's not particularly bad, I just wish it had data that went back further than it does.

    If you are looking for information about where your traffic is coming from, you can look on the "Referrers" section. It will tell you what URL traffic is coming from, but nothing as in depth as GA. If you are purchasing your advertisement through AdWords, I believe they have their own analytics package (not GA) that shows how affective the advertisement is.

  9. If you are purchasing your advertisement through AdWords, I believe they have their own analytics package (not GA) that shows how affective the advertisement is.

    you must know something i don't they only support cookie handoffs with GA as far as i know but if you are aware of something i am not please do let me know cause I'm about to pull the plug on wordpress.com cause we need to able to track the paid visits and wether or not they convert. the wp.com stats do tell you referring sites but as far as i know not even landing pages let alone paths but anyway to achieve that may prevent us from leaving.

  10. velocityfactor
    Member

    Maybe "analytics" is the wrong word. What I meant was, when you click on the "keyword details" option, it shows you what search term people used to find it and other information for all of your specified search terms.

    AdWords does do conversion tracking outside of GA, but I don't think you would be able to do that here since you can't paste in the code.

  11. ah gotcha thanks again! they should at least offer GA as an upgrade seems a shame that automattic should be creating such a market opportunity, would love to continue to recommend business client but given this limitation it's probably going to be a stretch.

  12. intenseintestines
    Member

    I think it's silly that WordPress doesn't allow you to use a better analytical software like Google Analytics. They want business and organizations to use their site, but don't allow us to truly track how our site is being used.

    Being able to see the country that visited the site for instance isn't enough. State and town like Google Analytics allows is needed to know you're hitting your target audience.

    I think it's pathetic that a site like Tumblr will allow you to use Google Analytics but not WordPress, what is supposed to be a more professional site.

    This is sad!

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