Google is constantly updating Google Analytics and while most are great incremental updates or game changing announcements like GA4; some are not as warmly received. Take the deprecation announcement in 2017 of the in-page analytics report (previously the Site Overlay report). This trusty report would show you click and conversion data overlayed against the actual pages of your site served in the GA interface. Due to ever-changing browser security issues, this report just didn’t work properly and Google created the Page Analytics Extension for Chrome. That said, this extension also does not always work, and it was also deprecated later in 2017. (The extension is still available, just not supported or improved.)
Google just announced Google Analytics (GA) 4. Unlike incremental or lateral changes such as the GTAG collection API; this change is significant, and you need to pay attention and understand what this means to you and your business. In this post, we will walk through what GA-4 is and what you need to do now.
As we reported earlier this year, the deprecation of the Service Provider dimension on February 4th, 2020 broke a key method of fighting bot traffic in Google Analytics (GA). Some organizations also have dependencies on the service provider dimension outside of just fighting bots.