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30 Day Countdown to the Urchin Software Retirement

February 28, 2012

Today marks 30 days until Urchin's official retirement on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012.

After March 28th, Urchin licenses and upgrades can no longer be sold and Google will not be producing any further releases or patches. (With this announcement they did release version 7.200, available for free 30-day trial now). Typical Urchin users include educational institutions, government departments and organizations who prefer to keep their data private. Once purchased Urchin licenses are permanent.

Urchin users should be able to continue using the product unless or until their Urchin Software installation becomes unusable due to possible incompatible operating systems updates in the future. For more information regarding the retirement effects and Google recommended alternatives, check out our original retirement post.


Urchin Software is Retiring! Sales End March 28, 2012

February 7, 2012

The date has been officially announced for Urchin's retirement this year: March 28th, 2012.

Once purchased, Urchin licenses are permanent. Existing users should be able to continue using the product unless or until their Urchin Software installation becomes unusable due to possible incompatible operating systems updates in the future. All of the available pertinent information about how the discontinuation will affect the software's functionality is covered on the Urchin Website FAQ.

Urchin licenses and upgrades will only be sold until March 28th, 2012. After March, Google will not be "supporting" Urchin in that they will not be producing any further releases or patches. (With this announcement they did release version 7.200, available for free 30-day trial now).

Live Webinar: What's New About Urchin 7 with Google's Dennis Osmolovski

November 4, 2010

urchin partnerIf you currently own or have ever considered Urchin software, you may be wondering what new benefits version 7 brings to the table. The new features included in Urchin 7 make it a much more powerful tool in terms of processing capabilities and customization for your business needs.

We'll be reviewing what's new at our next LIVE Urchin webinar with special Google guest, Dennis Osmolovski, Urchin Technical Lead.

Hear directly from the Urchin technical lead who worked on this software during development. Dennis will be covering the new features version 7 has to offer you and your business (see the list below). Then after the presentation, you'll have the opportunity to ask him your Urchin questions.

Topic: Urchin 7's New Features, presentation followed by audience Q&A
Date/Time: Thursday, November 11th at 2:00 pm Eastern
Duration: 35-45 minutes

Urchin 7 "First Look" Webinar Report

September 17, 2010

With the new arrival of Urchin version 7, we hosted a "first look" webinar last week with one of our biggest crowds ever. We got multiple requests for a recording or replay of the new features we covered. This recording is now available!

We've already scheduled another LIVE Urchin 7 webinar. Of course the best thing about a live webinar is the audience question and answer portion with our Urchin expert, Jeremy Aube - so we suggest you make room in your schedule to attend the webinar live.

During our last live webinar we noticed a common interest in one of Urchin 7's new features: Permalinks, which allow you to email a link to anyone that will take them directly to a specific Urchin report. Get in on the Q&A action during our next LIVE Urchin 7 webinar.

New Arrival! Urchin 7 Released...Sign up for "First Look" Webinar

September 3, 2010

urchin partnerUrchin version 7 is officially released. We're excited about the launch of this new version of software which has added many super useful analysis features.

But before we get to the new features, we'll explain a little bit about the software and how it's used.

Urchin Software from Google is an enterprise level web analytics solution similar in scope to Google Analytics (Urchin is actually Google Analytics' predecessor), however Urchin is a software installed, hosted, and managed by the customer. Unlike Google Analytics, Urchin is not free (there is a $9,995 license fee) and requires experienced technical staff for installation.

Urchin helps website owners to better understand their online marketing initiatives, website traffic characteristics, and visitor's browsing experience. Those who benefit from Urchin the MOST would be those who prefer to keep their data on machines they control, those who would like to process historical data, those who need their data audited by third parties, and those who would like to track an intranet. Examples of companies who have purchased Urchin in the past are government institutions, large corporations, and universities and colleges.

Now for the good stuff - a few of the new and improved features of Urchin 7 include:

Latest Urchin Version 6.6 Ready and Available for Download!

June 29, 2009

Urchin has done it again! Version 6.6 is available for purchase, as an update to your already purchased license and for trial.

Version 6.6 introduces some really great improvements to the software including:

  • A deeper integration with Google AdWords, including Budget Alerts, a Keyword Generation Tool, direct links to AdWords (so you don't have to switch between programs), an Urchin Tag Manager, AdWords Optimizer, and a Copy Campaign Tool!

New Reporting:

  • Time On Site Report under Content Optimization, Content Performance, Engagement Metrics
  • An entirely new reporting section called Advertiser View and Section (If you're upgrading from an older version of Urchin, you'll need to reprocess your data to populate these reports.)
  • Click here for a complete list of Urchin 6 Reports

UPDATE: Urchin 6.5 Is Released For Download!

December 31, 2008

This minor update to Urchin 6 software is giving users quite a few benefits. We’ve listed a few below for your information:

1. Cost Per Click (CPC) Data Import Manager: This new feature allows users to create "CPC Sources". This update enables automatic extraction of CPC Campaign Data from Google AdWords and automatic inclusion of the CPC Data into Urchin reports.

2. Urchin Recognizes: "Chrome" as a browser and "Android" as a platform.

3. Geo-DB Download History: The Geo-DB download history has been moved to the separate screen. Also, the Geo-DB has been updated to include up to December 2008 data.

4. Extended Functionality Of The Uconf-Manager Utility: Now, in addition to 'uusers' table, it also operates on several other Urchin tables.

5. Supported Operating Systems now include:

• FreeBSD 5.3+
• FreeBSD 6.2+
• Linux with 2.4 or 2.6 kernel
• Windows: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server, Vista

To get your hands on the latest version of Urchin, download a FREE 30-day Trial here!

Excluding Robot Traffic in Urchin 6

December 19, 2008

robo_16.gifIf you are using the IP+User+Agent method to track visitors in Urchin 6, you've probably noticed that quite a bit of your traffic is actually robot traffic:



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While it's interesting to see this activity broken out, most of the time you're better off excluding it from your reports.

Announcing ROI Revolution's Urchin 6 Administration Manual!

August 8, 2008

08.08.08-P_literature.pngDue to overwhelming demand for a one-stop documentation on Urchin 6, ROI Revolution is pleased to present our Urchin 6 administration manual, version 1.0. We're learning more about Urchin 6 all the time and Urchin 6 has been updated!

In two chapters this manual covers the basics of installing or upgrading to Urchin 6 and the initial configuration. Getting Urchin 6 up and running on your system can be a challenge and we want as many people as possible to be able to try Urchin 6 via the free 30 day trial. This manual is designed to answer basic questions regarding installation and configuration in an in-depth manner.

To get your FREE copy of ROI Revolution's Urchin 6 Administration Manual, click on this link and submit your information. Soon you'll receive instructions via email on where to download the PDF version of the manual.

Have a great weekend!

Urchin 6 Update

August 7, 2008

urchin.gifGoogle has just released Urchin 6 - Service Pack 1. There are some very important additions to this new version of Urchin 6.

First, several of the old Urchin 5 helper scripts have been revised and modified for Urchin 6:

Email Yourself Reports!
u6data_extractor.pl - You can use this script to retrieve data from the urchin.cgi engine and print a text-based report, which can be emailed, converted to HTML, etc.

Discover Processing Errors
u6scan_history.pl - This script will parse the Urchin 6 scheduler history file for errors for a particular date and print a notification if any profile exits with a non-zero exit status.If desired, the runtime output from each failed task can be printed inline.

Manage Your Logs!
weblog_rotate.pl - If you are in need of a system of log management, this script will be very handy. This script rotates the specified logs and names them with yesterday's date. The script also restarts the web server with a specified command and optionally compresses old logs and removes them after a certain period.

In addition to these scripts, a totally new feature has been added which enables you to perform user management at the command line. Using the uconf-manager, you can add, delete, and update user records without having to go into the Urchin Administration Interface.

The uconf-manager also allows you to reset the admin password and move users to a different account, tasks that cannot be done using the Urchin Administration Interface. You can also use the uconf-manager to automate the process of user creation, saving you valuable time and eliminating frustration.

ROI Revolution is an Urchin 6 reseller and so if you are ready for Urchin 6, go to www.roirevolution.com/urchin/urchin-six.htm to purchase or upgrade to Urchin 6 today!

Urchin 6: Official Release!

April 16, 2008


It's officially here! Urchin 6 has been released for purchase today, April 16th, 2008!

Timeline: In October, Urchin 6 was released in limited beta and then in February, the Urchin 6 beta became available to the public and TODAY it's finally available for purchase!

Features: The interface is now similar to Google Analytics, and there is a greater focus on the usability aspect. Up to 1,000 profiles (domains), log sources, e-commerce, and campaign tracking are all included with this one time purchase.

Urchin 6 will include individual visitor-level tracking, report cross-segmentation and a full suite of geo-targeting reports! The campaign tracking features in Urchin 6 have also been re-engineered to be easier for somebody who is looking to track their SEO/SEM efforts.

Price: Urchin 6 is available for $2,995, and this price includes the full functionality of the software. That means you no longer need to worry about purchasing all those different types of modules. With Urchin 6, you can run e-commerce and campaign tracking functionality on multiple servers with no extra cost!

Upgrading: For owners of standard Urchin 5 licenses, Urchin Software is available for a discounted price. The amount paid for the Urchin 5 installation will be applied towards the cost of Urchin 6 Software. For example, if you purchased the base module of Urchin 5 for $895, then Urchin 6 Software would cost $2,100 ($2995 - $895).

Benefits: Those who might benefit from Urchin the most would be those who prefer to keep their data on machines they can control, those who would like to process historical data, those who need their data audited by third parties, and those who would like to track on an intranet.

ROI Revolution is an Urchin 6 reseller and so if you are ready for Urchin 6, go to www.roirevolution.com/urchin/urchin-six.htm to purchase or upgrade to Urchin 6 today!

Updates: If you would like to receive up to the minute information only about Urchin, sign up for the Urchin Update List!

Urchin 6: Now In OPEN Beta!

February 1, 2008

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Happy days! The Urchin 6 beta is now open to everybody who wants to participate!

Starting back on October 16th, we shared the news that Urchin 6 was available in a pretty limited release. If you wanted a beta version of Urchin 6, you had to apply for it and hope you made it in time. Now all you have to do is click the "download" button.

Happily the Urchin 6 beta is still a 90-day trial, so you'll have plenty of time to give it a test-drive. The interface is now similar to Google Analytics, and there is a greater focus on the usability aspect.

Urchin 6 even includes such beloved Google Analytics-like features as funnel analysis, site overlay, and geo-targeting! The navigation of Urchin 6 has also been re-engineered to be easier for somebody who is looking to optimize their marketing.

Urchin 6 will be $2,995, and this price includes the full functionality of the software. That means you no longer need to worry about the headache of purchasing all those different modules. With Urchin 6, you can run e-commerce and campaign tracking functionality on a bunch of servers with no extra cost!

For owners of standard Urchin 5 licenses, Urchin Software is available for a discounted price. The amount paid for the Urchin 5 installation will be applied towards the cost of Urchin 6 Software. For example, if you purchased the base module of Urchin 5 for $895, then Urchin 6 Software would cost $2,100 ($2995 - $895).

Urchin has recently made both the Campaign Tracking Module and the Profit Suite $2,995, so if you are purchasing Urchin 5 now with an eye to upgrade to Urchin 6 once the full version is out you'll be all set, and can seamlessly transition to the new version.

The date the full version of Urchin 6 will be released hasn't been announced yet, but if you want to be one of the very first to know, then you can sign up for our Urchin Update List.

PC World Article: Urchin Analytics Software Pricing/Upgrades

October 23, 2007

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PC World talked with Google Analytics senior manager Brett Crosby about the recent Urchin Version 6.0 product release including pricing, product packaging and upgrade info.

Here's an excerpt from the full article:

Google will also change how the product is packaged. Previously, Urchin consisted of a core piece costing US$895 and optional modules, including one that cost almost $4,000. The new version integrates all pieces in one product that will sell for $2,995.

"We wanted to simplify the licensing model," said Bretty Crosby, Google Analytics senior manager. Plus, it represents a savings for those who would have spent more than $3,000 on the core software and modules, he said.

Companies use Web analytics software to track, measure and analyze their Web sites' traffic. This information can help a company decide how to modify its site's layout to increase sales, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns.

Urchin 6 Software Announced!

October 16, 2007

urchin.gifThe much-anticipated new version of Urchin software is in limited beta worldwide. Rejoice!

This Urchin version is an update to Urchin 5 software, and you can request a free 90-day trial of the beta version of Urchin Software by contacting us.

pricing.jpgEven before Urchin 6 was announced, people have been speculating about what the pricing would be.

Well, it has been announced that Urchin Software will be available for a discounted price to users of Urchin 5, and will include many improvements including tools to assist in migrating configurations and data from previous versions of Urchin.

Once the new software is out of beta, it will be available for purchase on the ROI Revolution website.

We can't wait to jump in to the Urchin 6 beta ourselves, and once we have had a chance to really dig in and experience all the wonderful improvements and progress we'll post an update.

Request your free 90-day trial of the Urchin 6 Software beta today.

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