I track the hit count of this Blog with Google Analytics. It is the first time I am personally using the service and so I will share my thoughts thus far about it.
It seems to take a while to kick in but before you know it all the collected data can be viewed on the Google Analytics web site. When you log in you are confronted with a control panel (more like a reporting/statistics panel … thing). You are able to view all sorts of metrics – such as the location of your visitors and the time the spent on your site. You can track which other sites have provided the web traffic to your site. There is also a handy little tool (in beta at the time of writing) which allows you to view real-time statistics of your site.
Today however I had an idea and searched for a browser extension that could block Google Analytics scripts from running. First it was Hallelujah as Google makes there very own “Opt Out” plugin from Chrome. I never got round to installing it though since the most voiced complaint was that you cannot specify which sites you want to block – it is the all or nothing approach. I expected more from Google at this point. However I didn’t give up and continued the search. I quickly came across another plugin (Analytics Blocker) that did exactly the same but (drum-roll) – allows one to specify the sites. I had a little bit of trouble with the wild-card specifications since it didn’t always seem to work, but I think I have it sorted. I have been viewing my real-time statistics on Google Analytics and it now seems to work.
I think I have ranted enough now (feeling much better)