<< by Scott Garrett on May 30th, 2013
As many of you may (or may not) know, Google Analytics is a wonderful source of website performance data, and it can be especially useful for ecommerce sites. However, Google Analytics can also be a time consuming, and sometimes scary, adventure sifting through deserts of irrelevant data trying to find that one oasis of actionable data. Luckily, Google Analytics has put that oasis right in front of your eyes with its customizable dashboard widgets, and they are no mirage.
Wait, you don’t know how to create a Google Analytics dashboard? Not problem – check out this great blog post on how to set up Google Analytics Dashboards by my colleague Amanda Sides.
Customizable dashboard widgets allow you to select specific metrics and combine them with various dimensions and filters to create snapshots of data that will help you understand the true performance of your account. Currently, there is a limit of 12 widgets per dashboard you create, so choosing and creating the correct widgets for your specific needs can be a challenge. Ultimately, the most important goals of your website and/or campaigns should help you determine what to measure in Google Analytics, and then creating widgets that show you what you want to know.
But not to worry, for I will share with you my top 10 dashboard widgets geared specifically for ecommerce websites.