Analytics Data Groups
Analytics Data Groups: Metrics and Dimensions
When using the Site Analytics Gadget and the Page Analytics Gadget, the data for each group of metrics and dimensions are provided in a line graph, pie chart, bar chart with file names, or map. While the actual data for the Site Analytics Gadget and the Page Analytics Gadget are different, the same types of reports are available. The overviews below provide both the thumbnail and expanded view of each data group with a brief explanation of the metrics and dimensions involved as well as additional links for more information.
Provides a shaded line graph plotting the total number of pageviews and unique pageviews over time. "A pageview is an instance of a page being loaded by a browser. The pageviews metric is the total number of pages viewed. Repeated views of a single page are also counted. Google Analytics logs a pageview each time the tracking code is executed on a web page." Source: Pageviews (Google Support)
Note that reloading a page increases the pageview count as does navigating to another page and returning to the page during the same session. A "unique pageview" aggregates the views of the same page during a session. So, the unique pageview metric represents the number of sessions in which a page was viewed at least once. Source: Pageviews vs Unique Pageviews (Google Support)
Additionally, the expanded view provides the total unique pageviews and the aggregated total for the selected period.
Provides a shaded line graph for the number of new users over time. Hover over a data point for the number of new users and date. For more information about how the metric is calculated for the time dimension, visit How Users Are Calculated (Google Support).
The expanded view provides the aggregated total of new users for the selected period.
Average Time per Visit
Provides a double Y-axis line graph, which plots both duration (in seconds) and pageviews per visit over time. Hover to display the duration in minutes and seconds, and for the data point details for the average number of pages.The session duration is calculated for all pageviews for each session and then averaged for the selected time period. The pageviews per visit is an average of the pageviews for a session. Repeated views during a session are counted.
Additionally, the expanded view provides the average of session duration for the selected time period as well as the average pageviews per session during the time frame.
Bounce Rate and Exit Rate
Provides a line graph chart plotting both bounce rate and exit rate over time. The bounce rate is the percentage of single-page sessions (i.e., visits in which the person left the site from the entrance page without interacting with the page). The exit rate is determined by how many visitors left the site from that particular page after traversing through other pages/content in the site. This allows for analysis of immediate exits in comparison to all exits. For more information: Exit Rate vs Bounce Rate (Google topic).
Additionally, the expanded view provides the average bounce rate and exit rate per session for the selected period.
New vs. Returning Users
Provided as a pie chart with percentages in order to compare new visits with return visits as determined by a cookie. Visits are determined by sessions not pageviews. Hover for actual data point information.
Additionally, the expanded view provides the breakdown and the aggregated total for the selected time period.
Most Viewed Pages
This data group is only available in the Site Analytics gadget. It provides a horizontal bar chart of pages with the most unique pageviews in descending order. Note that unique pageviews aggregates page loads for a session, whereas pageviews includes all views of a page for a session. The x-axis provides a bar as a visual indication of the number of unique pageviews for each page. This allows for quick and easy comparison of popular pages in descending order. Hover for site root-relative URL and number of unique pageviews.
Additionally, the expanded view provides a list with the total unique pageviews for the most frequented pages for the time period.
Users by Country
Provided as a color-coded map of the world indicating from where in the world traffic to the resource is originating. The darker the color on the map, the more visitors have originated from that country. Hover for country name and the number of visitors for a data point. The bar line also shows a color-coded comparison of traffic by country.
Additionally, the expanded view provides a list of the top five countries (if available) generating the most traffic and the total of all visits for the country for the selected time period.
Users by State
Hover for state name and the number of visitors for a data point. Provided as a color-coded map of the United States indicating from where in the United States traffic to the resource is originating. The darker the color on the map, the more visitors have originated from that state. Hover for state name and the number of visitors. The bar line also shows a color-coded comparison of traffic by state.
Additionally, the expanded view provides a list of the top five states generating the most traffic and the total of all visits for the state for the selected time period.
Vists by Browser
Provides a pie chart to indicate the sessions by browser percent; hover for actual quantity for a slice of the pie. The length of a visit or session is configurable at Google Analytics and by default are 30 minutes, to midnight, or from a unique campaign referral. For example, if a visitor opens a page, takes a 32 minute lunch break, and then returns to continue with the page, a new session is counted. A campaign update occurs when a visitor enters the site via a search engine, referring website, or campaign tagged URL. Direct traffic does not update or replace an existing campaign source. Source: Google Analytics
Additionally, the expanded view provides a list of total sessions by browser for the top five browsers and the total number of sessions for the selected time period.
Visits by OS
Provides a pie chart to indicate the sessions by operating system, such as Windows, iOS, Linux, or Solaris. Session definition is configurable at Google Analytics and are by default 30 minutes or when entering from a unique campaign referral. Hover over a data point for the number of sessions.
Additionally, the expanded view provides a comparison of mobile and desktop operating systems by percent for the selected time period. For example, desktop operating systems can include: Windows, Macintosh, Linus, and Chrome OS. Mobile operating systems percents include Android and iOS. For more information, visit the List of Operating Systems page.
Visits by ISP
Provides a pie chart to indicate the sessions by Internet Service Provider (ISP) percent. ISP can include a domain or ISP; for example, OmniUpdate, Verizon, Charter.
Additionally, the expanded view provides a list of up to the top six ISPs by session for the selected time period.