Google Analytics 4 has a number of drawbacks, especially for those who really liked Universal Analytics. But the linking of GA4 with Google BigQuery is objectively one of the benefits. After all, this was a paid feature with Universal Analytics while the GA4 BigQuery linking is free. Let’s check it out in this blog.
Google Analytics 4 replaces Universal Analytics and will be the only Google Analytics game in town beginning in July 2023
You might be wondering, “where are my GA4 Views?” If that’s what brought you here today, I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that technically there are not Views in GA4. The good news, however, is that we can use report filters to replicate much of the same functionality that we liked about UA views.
UTM parameters are simply little bits of tracking information appended to the end of a URL in a link. They communicate with Google Analytics and can provide a great deal of helpful information for digital marketers that use them properly. Whether you’re switching from from Universal Analytics to GA4, or entirely new to Google Analytics UTM parameters this guide has you covered.
Parameters are the additional pieces of data that add more context to Google Analytics events. That simple line obscures the fact that GA4 event parameters are one of the most confusing and least intuitive parts about the new Google Analytics.
In the fall of 2020, Google rolled out Google Analytics 4 (GA4), the latest iteration of the Google Analytics platform. GA4 replaces Universal Analytics (UA) as the default for digital analytics measurement in GA. And now – in 2022 – Google announced that GA4 will be the only option beginning on July 1, 2023. This guide helps to answers some of those questions about Google Analytics 4 vs Universal Analytics. If you’re looking to get started with GA4 on your own, installation instructions are at the end of this guide.
Google Analytics 4 events function very differently from Universal Analytics events. The biggest difference? If you don’t register your event parameters as GA4 custom dimensions, you won’t see that event data in your GA4 reports. Crazy, right? It’s true.
Google Analytics 4 will track external link clicks by default. But for a comprehensive picture that includes internal link clicks, we can bring in the help of Google Tag Manager (GTM). This guide will review the process to set everything up to do that. For those who want to take the next step, there’s also a link to a tutorial to set up a GA4 link click tracking report so you can easily see all of your link click data in one place.
When GA4 was first launched it did not include a bounce rate metric. That changed on July 11, 2022 when bounce rate was added to GA4. But it’s a different metric and calculation from what we were used to.
GA4 page timer tracking involves both Google Analytics 4 and Google Tag Manager. This guide will walk you through the entire process if you want to track page timing on your site.
Google Analytics is changing. Google Analytics 4 (GA4) will be the only platform that processes data beginning in the middle of 2023 . If you have been struggling to wrap your head around GA4 and all of its new features, below is a list of commonly asked questions surrounding the new property type. Feel free to add any questions you may personally have about the new platform below this blog.