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Would it be possible for moderators of a Stack Exchange 2.0 site to get access to Google Analytics for the site?

When I was running Basically Money, the SE 1.0 version of money.stackexchange.com, I found it useful to examine the Google Analytics reports for my site – in particular, the kinds of keywords that were successful in bringing users to the site via the search engines.

I would use the knowledge discovered about keywords to help make the question titles better.

More often than not, better titles resulted in increased natural search traffic, and such traffic can be good, free exposure for a site.

Understanding what people are searching for, where users are coming from, etc. would be helpful in trying to promote a new Stack Exchange site.

Could moderators of Stack Exchange 2.0 sites be granted read access to such analytics?

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Moderators have access to a panel which shows them analytics now.

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Is this something that can reasonably be extended to users above a reputation level (20-50k, perhaps) ? –  Adam Davis Apr 4 '11 at 21:28
    
Thanks. It's a good start. –  Chris W. Rea Apr 4 '11 at 22:35

Either that or have the Stackexchange team create a small application using the Analytics API so that moderators can have access to that.

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A much better idea. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Aug 27 '10 at 20:14
    
Sure, if it provides the same kind of useful information. Google Analytics itself is awesome, though. –  Chris W. Rea Aug 27 '10 at 20:53
    
@Chris But then they have to manage account access and information for when moderators change hands. In my example, they simply need to make the information available on a moderator panel on the target site. As moderators come and go, they gain/lose access accordingly (and more importantly, automatically). –  George Stocker Aug 27 '10 at 21:07
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Sure, but building similar capabilities - even if simpler - may be much more work than managing a handful of Google accounts that are authorized for read access for any given site. Besides, many mods might not even care to request it. In any case, leave aside how the data is exposed .. it's the exposing of it, somehow, that matters. –  Chris W. Rea Aug 27 '10 at 22:24
    
@Chris what works for 1 SE site or 10 does not work for 100, or a thousand. –  George Stocker Aug 31 '10 at 19:34

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