Retrieving Data from Google Analytics API using PHP
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The data format for analytics is fairly comprehensive and easy to understand - see their data feed reference document for a clear outline of the parameters that can be passed and what format they can take. I am using the ids parameter (which is the tableId I showed retrieval of in the earlier blog post), the date parameters, metrics, dimensions and sort - so my code looks something like this, with the parameters set in $query_data.
$oauth = new OAuth($oauth_consumer_key, $oauth_consumer_secret);
$result = $oauth->getLastResponse();
The biggest problem I'm encountering with the analytics is understanding how to combine the dimension and metrics parameters to get useful data. It is pretty easy to report on visitors by day/week/month, over a given date range, but getting more meaningful and useful statistics is still a work in progress! There is some documentation, which is exhaustive, but doesn't link the available data to the sorts of questions users actually want to ask. If anyone has any suggestions on good combinations to use, I'd absolutely love to hear them - leave me a comment and I'll post again if/when have some better data patterns!
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