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Jan
2010

How to Make Google Analytics Load Faster on Your Website

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As stated by Google, on 2010 websites and blogs’ speed will be an important evaluation factor as far as ranking is concerned.  Google Analytics is important to know what is happening on your website  in order to know who and how many times your website is visited. However, its tracking  code slows the  page dowloading time a lot. Recently, Google has released a new tracking code (Asynchronous Tracking)  meant to solve this issue.

Asynchronous Tracking is a new fast tracking code. Reading from Google Code: “Asynchronous Tracking is an alternative way to track website visitors with Google Analytics. Unlike a traditional installation, asynchronous tracking optimizes how browsers load ga.js so its impact on user experience is minimized. It also allows you to put your Analytics snippet higher in the page without delaying subsequent content from rendering. The Asynchronous Tracking requires a different Analytics snippet and a different syntax for making tracking API calls.”

What follows is the new code:

<script type=”text/javascript”>

var _gaq = _gaq || [];
_gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-XXXXX-X’]);
_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]);

(function() {
var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true;
ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘.google-analytics.com/ga.js’;
(document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(‘body’)[0]).appendChild(ga);
})();

</script>

To start using it, simply remove the old code and place this new code right before </head> in your pages. Of course you have to change the UA-XXXXX-X with your own Google Analytics ID and that’s it!

If you want to know more, if you are looking for detailed instruction, read this guide.




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