Google Analytics and partials

I have been tracking users with Google Analytics via the javascript code
in the header of my main template and that works very well.

I’ve come to realize that there are a few places where I have
will_paginate and some cascading collections where there are partials
that update but the entire page does not refresh and thus, even though
the content is changed, the click activity is never recorded by Google
and I am essentially cheating myself from the intelligence of what users
actually are doing.

Obviously I can re-locate the google javascript code for sending the
reports to Google Analytics from the main template to the inner-most
partial for each of my pages but that seems to be very redundant and not
very dry so I’m wondering how do other people handle this? Is there a
way to just execute when the partial is redrawn? Is it possible to use
observers to refresh 2 divs on the same page? (albeit one in the main
template and one in a partial)?

Craig


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actually are doing.

Obviously I can re-locate the google javascript code for sending the
reports to Google Analytics from the main template to the inner-most
partial for each of my pages but that seems to be very redundant and
not
very dry so I’m wondering how do other people handle this? Is there a
way to just execute when the partial is redrawn? Is it possible to use
observers to refresh 2 divs on the same page? (albeit one in the main
template and one in a partial)?

Leave it where it is and use their API to “make a call”.

http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55521

On Mon, 2010-03-08 at 13:43 -0800, Philip H. wrote:

actually are doing.
Leave it where it is and use their API to “make a call”.

http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55521


yeah - thanks - I sort of came up with a better solution than that but I
still was eager to see what others are doing.

If I were to do what was suggested, that would unnecessarily inflate the
numbers for the partial since it would send an update to GA even when
the entire page was refreshed which was clearly what I didn’t want to
do.

So what I ended up doing was to take advantage of the session flash
variable - for those who might search and find this thread later on…

in the view (actually the deepest nested partial)…

<% if flash[:analytics] -%>

<% end -%>

and then I can properly provide flash[:analytics] value in the
controller method that ultimately renders partial updates…

flash[:analytics] = “/content/menu_topic=” + @menu_topic + “&page=” +
params[:page].to_s

which completely gives me the detail I am looking for in Google
Analytics and without false reports when the entire page is loaded.

On the whole, will_paginate is a very useful tool but when you want to
paginate inside of partials, it requires you to be inventive.

Thanks

Craig


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