Google Analytics integration
Short, concise description of the idea
Full description of the idea
A nice compromise would be to allow users to provide a Google Analytics ID for integration with that specific web logging service. User-supplied data would be in a tidy, easy to verify form which would require no hygiene for security concerns. The necessary tracking code is static and could be emitted by LiveJournal if that user has entered a valid analytics ID.
- Users gain the ability to incorporate their LiveJournal content into existing web logging and statistics and referer tracking.
- It will reduce the incidence of 1x1 invisible pixel IMG bugs and other subversive techniques which people currently use in order to vill the logging void.
- There is the possibility to increase revenues derived from existing Google AdSense features which LiveJournal has recently implemented.
- It will make nugget tremendously happy.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Some users may appreciate LiveJournal's lack of logging and will consider this an infringement of their privacy.
- LiveJournal may be uncomfortable appearing to endorse Google Analytics. Since LiveJournal has already embraced Google AdSense
- Adding Google Analytics support may be viewed by users as an obligation on LiveJournal's part to support all variety of other web logging services, if such exist.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- Implementation seems fairly straightoforward to me. The userinfo data would need a new field added to store the Google Analytics account code.
- Following that, page-generation code (either at header or footer) would need to be extended to emit the Google Analytics block for pages which correspond to a user or community account which has an account code set. This html block is static with the exception of the account code itself.