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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Group pages for reporting in GA

Ok, using Google Anlytics make a easy to find how many pageviews get your web site or specific web page.

But what if you want to know how many visitors get specific group of pages. For example you want to track only pages written in 2013 or just pages written by specific author or only pages about specific topic...

This article is a guide how to make report for specific group of individually picked pages from your web site.


To better explain how to make reports of specific pages in GA we will explain:

  • How to report only on specifically picked pages

  • How to report pages written in 2012 instantly

  • How to make customized report for year 2012


Track visits from all pages about some topic in GA

Maybe you want to know how many visits coming from some specific topic. For example how many visits drive topics about javacript.

If it is the case you can easily get report in Google Analytics with the number of visits for all pages on your site which include keyword javascript in title. Just follow instructions.

  • In Google Analytics click on Content --> Overview --> Site Content --> All Pages


  • Find and click link "advanced" next to the search bar


  • new container will appear, in third button choose Containing and in empty textbox type desired term. For purpose of this example it is "javascript".


  • click on "Apply" and you will get report for all pages on your site or blog which have term "javascript" in title

Track specifically picked pages on your site instantly in GA

Let's say I want to make a report for group of only two pages on my blog and those two pages are: http://interestingwebs.blogspot.com//2009/01/jscript-in-blogger-post.html and http://interestingwebs.blogspot.com//2009/06/javascript-in-external-file.html.

  • In Google Aalytics click on Content --> Overview --> Site Content --> All Pages


  • Find and click advanced near search bar


  • new container will appear, in third button choose Matching RegExp and in empty textbox type second part of URL of page you want to track. We want to track two pages so we can use or operator : |.

    In our example it would be: "2009/01/jscript-in-blogger-post.html|2009/06/javascript-in-external-file.html".


  • click on "Apply" and you will get report for only two specific pages

Get visits report for all pages written in selected year with Google Analytics

It can be useful to find how many visit drive all pages on your site written in one year. For example I want to know how many visits get my pages written in 2012 for last month.

This can be done with Google Analytics but only if the year in URL of your individual pages. I use blogspot blog and year can be read from URL.

For example:

http://interestingwebs.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-clickable-picture-in-html.html

From this URL we can conclude article is written in year 2013 and in second (2) month (February).

So, if permalinks on your site are structured in similar way you can use this method to make reports based on year when article is published.

  • In Google Aalytics click on Content --> Overview --> Site Content --> All Pages


  • Find and click advanced near search bar


  • new container will appear, in third button choose Containing and in empty textbox type year in this case 2012.

  • click on "Apply" and you will get report only for two specific pages

Make custom report for posts written in selected year whch can be reused

Now you know how to group pages by specific criteria and make a reports for them. But it have no sense to every time you need such a report you must to create it from scratch. To avoid this you can make custom report which can be used later.

So here is example which will help you to learn some basic steps for creating custom reports. This example learn you how to create and use custom report which will report number of Pageviews for all pages written in 2012 year.

  • Find and click "Customization" in Google Analytics

  • click "New Custom Report"

  • in "General information" enter title, for example "2012 pages"

  • in Report content choose Name, Metric Groups and Dimension Drilldowns. For this example for Name type "2012 pages", for Metric Group choose Pageviews, for Dimension Drilldowns choose Pages.

  • in Filter tab set first button to "Include", second button to "Page"
  • , third button to "Regex" and fourth Textbox to 2012


  • Save custom report and now you can see your Custom Report by clicking Custom Report --> 2012 pages

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