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Still no sessions in Analytics on old site

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My site at http://livesafely.org/ was setup in 2005 and has been on the same host ever since. In the spring of 2014 I took the content down and was planning on doing something else with the site, but due to being really busy for the next couple of years with extra work and some personal issues, never got around to that.
 
Then, in February of this year after having more time on my hands, I decided to put up the old site's somewhat rewritten content back up (on the original hosting account which still existed). 
 
However Analytics still tells me almost 4 months later that I have less than 10 sessions per day.
 
The site has no manual penalties in search console, no crawl errors, no duplicate content or URL canonicalization issues or none of the more obvious issues and has fairly good, long content, but still doesn't seem to have any traffic whatsoever, despite still having most of its original backlinks.
 
The site is in the index and no issues with sitemaps either. All the load times/SEO is good, no obvious issues stand out. 
 
If we look at this image (linked below) from a penalty testing site, we see that in early 2014 shortly after taking the content down from the CMS, the sessions expectedly dropped to zero and stayed there for 5 months or so (June-Oct 2014) and then for whatever reason went back up, despite there being no content/pages/posts etc, until dropping off to zero again in or abouts May 2016, where it has stayed until now.
 
Even though I put the content back up in February, still nothing four months later.
 
To see if there are errors with my Analytics implementation, I used Tag Assistant and even reinstalled the code manually in the header.php WP file right before the closing head tag, but the Tag Assistant still gives me "No HTTP response detected" errors. (and flushed site cache etc).
 
Is there any easy way to troubleshoot this?
 
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I'm not seeing any issues with the tracking code itself or when i check with Google Tag Assistant.

 

Did you install it in the active theme's header.php file? (im assuming you did)
and has it been at least 48hrs since doing this and flushing the cache.


re the ru traffic.. it sounds like its possibly spam traffic (not real visits and a known issue for most analytics type programs)

The following is a long read but recommended reading. It explains the different types of spam data, how to check for it in your reports, how to setup the types of filters needed to prevent the issue going forward, and the types of segments required for looking at clean historical data.. and how to create them

http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/

 

As far as organic search traffic, indexing, checking for penalties and so forth, best place to ask about those things is the webmaster central help forum

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/webmasters

 

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Still no sessions in Analytics on old site

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Hi :-)

 

When you log into analytics and go to the Property Settings page.. is the tracking id on the Property Settings page the same as the following: UA-93373843-1?

In the Analytics Property Settings and all View Settings pages, is the website address entered as http://livesafely.org/
(without the www)

Are there any filters applied to the analytics reporting View(s)?

 

Have you checked the site server logs to see what sort of traffic is being reported by the server?

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Hi, when I go into the Property Settings page the tracking ID is: UA-93373843-1

 

And when I go into both the Analytics Property Settings and all View Settings pages the website address is listed as http://livesafely.org/ in both cases.

 

When I go into Awstats, the "links from an external page" are a lot of .ru domains.

Still no sessions in Analytics on old site

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Oh, there are no filters in the view settings at all.

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I'm not seeing any issues with the tracking code itself or when i check with Google Tag Assistant.

 

Did you install it in the active theme's header.php file? (im assuming you did)
and has it been at least 48hrs since doing this and flushing the cache.


re the ru traffic.. it sounds like its possibly spam traffic (not real visits and a known issue for most analytics type programs)

The following is a long read but recommended reading. It explains the different types of spam data, how to check for it in your reports, how to setup the types of filters needed to prevent the issue going forward, and the types of segments required for looking at clean historical data.. and how to create them

http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/

 

As far as organic search traffic, indexing, checking for penalties and so forth, best place to ask about those things is the webmaster central help forum

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/webmasters

 

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Hi, I got the HTTP errors sorted out with the Tag Assistant. It was a browser extension which was causing the Analytics tag not to execute in the browser. Can confirm that the code is properly implemented now and that the cache was flushed.

 

Thanks for this - will read this on handling spam.

 

I think that this site must be "sandboxed" or something to that effect. 

 

 

Still no sessions in Analytics on old site

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I'm not seeing any issue with the analytics tracking code.. from what i can tell it seems to be firing as expected :-)

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