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Google Analytics Connection Speed stat

I have been working a lot with Google analytics a lot lately and I like it a lot. Before I used it I had asked some friends what percentage of their site visitors were dial up. They gave me these real low numbers like 3-5%. I thought that was real low. Specially in the niche they were in. Now that I have my own stats I see the same numbers. Right now I have 5.32% dail up users and 63.5% broadband. The rest goes to unknown. When you have 27% unknown those numbers are almost worthless. I would imagine that all broadband providers are known so there is very good chance those are dial up. Also T1 users could be dail up. Anybody can start an ISP with a t1 and some modems. These numbers are pretty much worthless.
[tags]google, google analytics, analytics, dial up, isp, internet, dsl, broadband[/tags]

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  • minvestment December 18, 2007, 2:58 pm

    I have 40% dialup users, shows how far behind India is since most my traffic is from India :(

  • Ernst March 13, 2008, 9:22 am

    Still 5% dial-up is high. In the Netherlands providers are ceasing the dial-up service.
    As for the 27% unknows; I think that is broadband too. So focus for your analytics on the broadband users.
    As for firefox, it has not a 27% coverage among the browsers, so that can’t explain the 27%.

  • ogletree March 13, 2008, 9:49 am

    I am only talking about the US market since that is all I know about. I understand that other countries have more people on broadband. US is still very behind. All major providers are known and it is hard for somebody to become their own broadband provider. It is very easy to become a dial up provider. I still believe the vast majority of the unknown is dial up.

    One other point is that when you talk about dail up % there are 2 things to consider. One number is how many people have dial up and how many have broadband. The other is how often each is used. A ton of people may have dial up but they probably don’t use it for much. Some people will do most their browsing at work because their connection at home is so bad.

  • Link Builder April 1, 2008, 6:18 am

    Is Google Analytics accurate??? can you give me some example in how you will know that your site is visited? in the other hand thus blog comments help raise your percentage in google analytics?

  • joe August 20, 2008, 5:58 am

    Google Analytics, it really helps a lot….

  • Search Engine Optimisation October 9, 2008, 3:36 am

    I apprecate your comment. The paid review you submitted in ReviewMe, actually asked for a review of the home page, so I have my honest first looks. I would still be interested to learn more about your affiliate tracking software, but that still isn’t an active link on your site.

  • Horsham Web Designer December 14, 2008, 8:44 am

    Surely this can’t be that accurate though, how would it be able to tell what kind of connection everybody is on?

    If it worked by download speed then it wouldn’t be accurate and if it went by IP address then wouldn’t it require the ISPs to release information on every IP?

  • Web Design Sussex January 1, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Very interesting post on Analytics – to follow up to my previous comment, I researched and found out that it is done by IP.

  • gift hampers April 17, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Google Analytics s the best stat counter.

  • Dark_Fox March 26, 2010, 10:04 am

    Google analytics has a section for mobile content.

    I too though have been getting a number of unknowns and the stats are not the same as my AWStats page in my CPanel. I think Google perhaps does not count repeat visitors on the same day. ( or do they ? )

    I have a lot of images on my site since its devoted to Blu Ray movies and celebrities and images tend to be large so that probably explains why the unknowns are actually making my bounce rate high as they take up 33% of the total visits to my site.

    I wish i had a plugin which could disable images for dial up users but i don’t see how thats possible since it would need to know the user is on dial up.

    I have Quantcast analytics too and its in embedded in the page and it pretty much reads identical data as far as visits go that Google does but they don’t have the amount of stats that Google offers.

  • Earleen October 14, 2010, 9:29 pm

    I got 70% unknown

  • thomas sabo uhren January 25, 2011, 11:44 pm

    I have a lot of images on my site since its devoted to Blu Ray movies and celebrities and images tend to be large so that probably explains why the unknowns are actually making my bounce rate high as they take up 33% of the total visits to my site.

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