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A few weeks into using Google Analytics – and I must say I’m very impressed.

The data collected is stunning – for example – 70% of blog visitors use Firefox (not surprising for a tech blog)

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Also currently 5% of my blog visitors are from a domain. A hearty hello if you’re in Redmond right now.

Now I was tracking a lot of this before – by trawling my apache logs. Google Analytics is just easier – and it produces pretty graphs!

The only downside – and I don’t recall seeing many blogs on this point yet – is the payload of the tracking technology. The analytics uses javascript – and downloads a huge 17KB of script. It’s not a lot – but the latency is noticable on some sites.