Google Analytics no more

I gave Google Analytics a try, but it doesn’t work for me. It’s far too specialised on marketing goals and clicks to make sense. I am interested in seeing where people come from and what they view — I don’t even have click-through goals.

I’ve got Webalizer on board now, and that will do the trick without any JavaScript muddling up the pages. It also means I can see results from users with JavaScript turned off, search engines, and other automated processes. The whole site is only a few dozen pages for now, but when it gets larger I’m going to want some insight into who’s crawling what and why.

This will be important especially once the birds section is up and running. I still don’t know what I’m going to do for site searches, but if there is a permitted/ethical way of using Google for that (besides hot-linking their search with a “”, which they may not like too much) I’ll want to make sure I’m getting good crawl coverage.


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