Just a quick update on Google Analytics – it looks like the service is 100% up and running now. One really big caveat though – no new signups are occurring right now. This is great news for those of us who were able to get in early, but no so good news for everyone else. The same time I saw the notice that new signups were on hold was the also same instance I found performance to significantly improve (obviously!)
That said, I’m not sure if I’m seeing real-time data yet, but I’m at least viewing report data for the same day. Over the past week this was not the case as Google Analytics was almost two days behind in reporting. Now that I’m getting data, I’m very impressed with the service. I can honestly see why people were willing to pay $200 a month for Urchin before Google started giving it away for free. The most significant features that I haven’t played with yet (but plan to soon) are the goal tracking and integration with Google AdWords.
Also, Google sent out a service update email that was quite telling:
First, due to extremely high demand, we’ve temporarily limited
the number of new signups as we increase capacity. This allows
us to focus on our primary objective–to provide a great user
experience for our existing users.
Next, here is current information on the most common questions
1. The ‘Check Status’ button is being reworked to check for
properly installed tracking code. This should be fixed by the
end of November.
2. The ‘+Add Profile’ link has been temporarily removed until
we increase capacity. We’ll alert all current users when the
feature is restored.
3. While we increase capacity, you may see longer than normal
delays in data showing up in your reports. All data continues
to be collected and no data has been lost.