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Google Analytics : Wheres the site overlay?

November 23rd, 2005 Tony Leave a comment Go to comments

While at Pubcon 10 last week I signed up for the free version of Urchin now known as Google Analytics for one of my sites. Of course the service was overrun with new signups since its free (my regards ClickTracks) and the data took FOREVER to aggregate. Well yesterday after anxiously waiting like a kid on Christmas Eve my data finally began to trickle in.

I’ve owned licensing for Urchin log file analyzer on several of my dedicated boxes for years now but never could figure out how to properly configure it. Had I known how beautiful this reporting is I would have taken the time to figure it out. You’ve done a fine job Brett Crosby and crew. But the one thing I was really excited to see was the site overlay feature and for whatever reason it doesn’t exist on my reports. Is this a temporary scale back of features en lieu of the tidal wave of data Google has received? Anyone else experiencing this?

Here is Google Analytic’s screenshot of an overlay (click for full size):

Note the site overlay option under Navigational Analysis

Here is what I see in my report:

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  1. JR
    November 23rd, 2005 at 12:36 | #1

    I was paying Urchin $200/month for their service which I used with a number of my clients. The site overlay tool was very handy to explain to web designers what was working and what wasn’t. I’m at a bit of a loss now that this feature isn’t there. Like you I hope it is just a temporary thing.

  2. John
    November 29th, 2005 at 11:19 | #2

    I’m also disappointed to see that site overlay was removed. I haven’t been able to find any comment from Google on this.

    I can confirm that it WAS there when I first signed up and logged in to Google Analytics. Unfortunately, by the time any of my sites’ data started showing up the site overlay feature was gone.