Google Analytics stats manipulation/fake

In: quick tips

9 Jul 2011

When someone sells a domain or advertising, they show Google Analytics stats. What you should know is these stats are easily manipulated or faked. (I’m not talking about Photoshop, that can be easily checked if you ask the seller for View reports only account access). Analytics is based on IMG requests done by ga.js or urchin.js

http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmwv=1&utmn=1264633425[...]

Normally these requests are perfomed by your browser, but you can make your own requests whenever you want.

You can use:

  1. Google Analytics PHP Client
  2. Analytics without Javascript
  3. Server Side Analytics
  4. Google Analytics for Flash

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2 Responses to Google Analytics stats manipulation/fake

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Tiffany Hartstein

July 11th, 2011 at 12:53 am

Awesome, I’ve been looking for a way to use Analytics without Javascript for a long time. Thanks and all the best!

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Melvin James

July 11th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hey, what a great find, Analytics with php only, no javascript. I didn’t know this is possible.

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