Will crawling affect your Google Analytics?

This is a question we’ve been asked a few times. Many users want to know if the hits generated when their pages are checked for broken links will show up in Analytics. The answer for both CloudTrawl and DeepTrawl is no, it won’t be a problem. For reasons I’ve written about previously, both products don’t execute the Javascript on your pages. Since Google Analytics relies on Javascript to count page views it has no way of knowing that we’ve visited a page, so this won’t show up.

As a side note, in the next version of DeepTrawl we’re planning to implement a way to make sure all of your pages contain analytics tracking code, until then it’s relatively easy to do this check yourself using DeepTrawls ability to add your own new checks.

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