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Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to Set-Up your Dashboard on Google Analytics

When you first log in to Google Analytics and view your report you are taken to your dashboard. Something you may not have noticed is that you can drag the boxes on your dashboard around to customize it. You can also delete and add new reports to your dashboard so you see only the things you want.

On your dashboard right below the "Site Usage" box you should see some more boxes. If you click and hold on the dark color on the top of each box, it will let you grab the box and you can move it to where ever you would like it to be. If there is a box on your dashboard that you don't want there you can click the little "x" in the upper right hand corner of the box.

The picture below illustrates dragging the "Visitors Overview" box around.

You can also add more boxes showing the information you want most. If you want to add a new box, first navigate to the information you would like to add by accessing the menus on the left of your Google Analytics page. Then click the "Add to Dashboard" button at the top of the screen as shown in the picture below.

Here is a quick example of how to add "All Traffic Sources" to your dashboard:
  1. Log in to Google Analytics
  2. Click "Traffic Sources"
  3. Click "All Traffic Sources"
  4. Click "Add to Dashboard"
  5. Now click "Dashboard" and drag it to the location you desire
Why should you take the time to do this? It makes it easier to look at the information you want without having to mess around with all of the menus. You can add as much or as little as you want!

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