Monday, February 18, 2013
Why Does My Google Analytics Tool Show 0 Visit Duration
You see your dream of making money and raising your blog to the top being shattered. Well don't loose hope. I'll tell you why.
So everyday you see many visitors come to your blog and you think they must have read some content at least and still the duration shows zero for most of the visitors. The answer is that, zero does not mean they spent zero seconds on your website. Let me show you how Google analytics work.
This is how the analytics work -
1) Say, someone visits your blog /website and lands on page A at 14:00 hours.
Google will save this time stamp of 14:00 hours.
2) Case A : Say someone clicks on a link and goes to page B at 14:02 hours.
Google will save the second time stamp when it loads page B and lets assume users leave your
website after page B.
Now duration of visit = 14:02 - 14:00 = 2 minutes.
2) Case B: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WITH YOU!
If someone stays and reads,scrolls or jumps around on page A for 1 hour but does not click on any link and leaves your page from page A, which will also show 100% bounce rate.
In this case, google has no information about when the user left your website and instead of showing NA it shows average visit duration 0:00.
To prove it, go to your website and keep playing around for 10 -15 minutes without clicking on any link and check your google analytics.
There are tips / tricks to know the duration for 1 page visitors like saving timestamps for page on onload and onunload events and have to be custom built.
I would have been smiling had I been able to see your face right now beacause I know you would have taken a sigh of relief. I know how it feels. I had the same doubt some time back.
Hope this post would have helped you. If you have any questions or you liked the post, use the comments section.
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By Atom Millionaire