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  • 1 | Google Analytics Reference Guide | Central Michigan University

    Google Analytics Reference Guide Updated: December 2017

    Process for Gaining Access to Google Analytics

    1. You will need to create a generic department email, such as cmich_ucomm@gmail.com. This can be

    done by going to http://www.google.com/analytics and clicking on the Create an account button at

    the top right.

    2. Once a departmental email address has been created, your department will need to send that email

    address to Blaine Bendele in University Communications at bende1bm@cmich.edu.

    3. Your account will be given user access to the appropriate CMU profile. Only one department email

    address will be given access to each profile.

    4. Once your account has been given access to your CMU profile, you can share this account with anyone

    in your department who you would want to have access to your site analytics.

    Common Terms

    Sessions

    Sessions are the individual periods of time that visitors spend on your site. A session is ended either after 30

    minutes of inactivity or if the user leaves your site for more than 30 minutes (if a user leaves your site and

    returns within 30 minutes, this is counted as part of the original session).

    Pageviews

    This is the number of times users view a page on your site. This covers all page views; if a user refreshes the

    page, or navigates away from the page and returns, these are all counted as additional page views.

    mailto:cmich_ucomm@gmail.comhttp://www.google.com/analyticsmailto:bende1bm@cmich.edu

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    Unique Pageviews

    The unique pageview number counts all the times the page was viewed in an individual session as a single

    event. Whether a visitor viewed the page once in their visit or five times, the number of unique pageviews will

    be recorded as just one.

    Users

    When a user visits your site for the first time, a new session and user are both recorded. If the same user

    returns to the site after their initial visit, only a new session is added.

    Google Analytics is able to recognize whether a user has been to the site before through the use of cookies.

    This means that if a user deletes their cookies or accesses the site through a different browser or machine,

    they may be mistakenly added as a new user. For this reason, Google Analytics tends to place more

    prominence on the sessions data.

    New vs. Returning Visitors

    New visitors are users that have not visited your site before the time period specified, while returning visitors

    will have made at least one visit to your site previously.

    Bounce Rate

    Bounce rate is given as a percentage and represents the number of visits that users leave your site after just

    one page - regardless of how they got to your site or how long they stayed on that page.

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    Useful Reports

    Real-time Section

    This section allows you to monitor activity on your site as it happens. The reports are

    updated continuously and each interaction with your site is reported seconds after it

    occurs. For example, you can see how many people are on your site right now and

    which pages or events they're interacting with.

    Audience Section

    This section contains everything you need to know about your visitors and how they

    view your site including where they are, which browser is being used, what operating

    system they are using, how long they are on site, how often they are on site and more!

    This section also includes many new and beta reports that Google rolls out on a

    constant basis.

    Acquisition Section

    This section contains reports about how visitors got to your site. Whether a visitor

    came from a Google search, Facebook or an ad campaign, all of that data will be

    shown in this report.

    Behavior Section

    This section contains reports about the pages of your website. Within the Behavior

    section in Google Analytics you can find out how many times your pages have been

    visited, how long do visitors stay on your site, the bounce rate and the flow of traffic

    to a certain page on your site.

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    Advanced Segments

    Advanced Segments give a user the ability to separate and analyze specific kinds of traffic. For example, you

    might create a segment that only includes visits from people external to the CMU campus. You can then

    browse through your Analytics reports, viewing data only for this segment or even comparing it with data

    from all visits.

    Google Analytics gives you the option to create your own segments or select from many predefined segments.

    To apply a segment, click on the Advanced Segments button right below the report title at the top of the page.

    Then select the segment(s) you want to apply to your data.

    The following steps will show you how to create your own advanced segments.

    Setting up a segment for Internal CMU Audience Only

    1. Once you are signed into your profile, click on the Add Segment button.

    2. Click on New Segment button at the top left of the drop-down panel.

    3. Type in the Segment Name of what you want to call this segment (ex. Internal CMU Audience

    Only).

    4. Click on Conditions in the left navigation of panel.

    5. Make sure the dropdowns next to Filter are set to Sessions and Include.

    6. In the first drop down menu, select Service Provider.

    7. The second drop down box you can leave as Contains.

    8. In the last text box, enter central michigan university. Your panel should look like the following:

    9. Once you have all this information entered, click on the blue Save button.

    10. When you save the Advanced Segment, it will immediately be applied to your data.

    11. If you would like to not have the Advanced Segment applied anymore, click on the down arrow to

    the right of the custom segment you want to remove. Then, select Remove from the dropdown list

    that appears.

    Setting up a segment for External CMU Audience Only

    1. Once you are signed into your profile, click on the Add Segment button.

    2. Click on New Segment button at the top left of the drop-down panel.

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    3. Type in the Segment Name of what you want to call this segment (ex. External CMU Audience

    Only).

    4. Click on Conditions in the left navigation of panel.

    5. Make sure the dropdowns next to Filter are set to Sessions and Exclude.

    6. In the first drop down menu, select Service Provider.

    7. The second drop down box you can leave as Contains.

    8. In the last text box, enter central michigan university. Your panel should look like the following:

    9. Once you have all this information entered, click on the blue Save button.

    10. When you save the Advanced Segment, it will immediately be applied to your data.

    11. If you would like to not have the Advanced Segment applied anymore, click on the down arrow to

    the right of the custom segment you want to remove. Then, select Remove from the dropdown list

    that appears.

    Questions?

    If you have any further questions, please visit http://support.google.com/analytics/ or contact Blaine Bendele

    in University Communications at bende1bm@cmich.edu.

    http://support.google.com/analytics/mailto:bende1bm@cmich.edu

    Google Analytics Reference GuideProcess for Gaining Access to Google AnalyticsCommon TermsSessionsPageviewsUnique PageviewsUsersNew vs. Returning VisitorsBounce Rate

    Useful ReportsReal-time SectionAudience SectionAcquisition Section

    Advanced SegmentsSetting up a segment for Internal CMU Audience OnlySetting up a segment for External CMU Audience Only

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