Filed under: Web Analytics
A new study from Tagman into the effect of third-party tracking tags on site download times and data reporting has been released. In short, the main findings were:
1) Tags really do slow down your page
The slowest-loading assets on site pages in our study were tracking tags, taking as much as 250ms. Based on the study, a delay of around one second causes approximately 10% of users to abandon the page, suggesting that four tags on the page could lose you 10% of your visitors.
2) Tag position needs careful consideration
If page load speeds are slow then very different figures will be reported depending on where tags are placed and the relative effect of the tag will be far less. In our test, hecklerspray.com achieved a 20% increase in the traffic reported by Google Anayltics when the tag was placed at the top of the page, which would be a good argument to put the code higher up the page.
3) Page optimisation is critical
The rate at which users abandon slow pages underlines the need to ensure they are written with a view to loading as quickly as possible. Both sites in the test contained third-party analytics tags that were no longer in use. An easy place to start would be to identify any tags that are no longer in use and remove them.
4) IFrame container tags suffer the most
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