Google Analytics Real Live Beta: See Your Stats Before Your Eyes!

The Purpose of Google Analytics

If you use Google Analytics on your articles or webpages, you know that Google Analytics lets you see who is viewing your pages, where the traffic is coming from, and what keywords are used to find your content. You will know that you can also see where your Google Adsense is coming from and to note any trends happening on your page.

But did you know that you can see that analytic data almost as soon as it is happening? With the fairly new Beta program called Real Time, you can see who is visiting which page seconds after they are there. The program features a map to show where in the world they are coming from, what pages they are reading, and what sources (and keywords, if applicable) they are coming from. You can see all of this in real lifetime.

If you are not yet using Google Analytics to track your data, see this useful hub here on the details of signing up.

Google Analytics Real Time Beta

Screen shot from Google Analytics. This shows where the people are coming from (the map), how many people (2), the keywords and the specific pages they are visiting.
Screen shot from Google Analytics. This shows where the people are coming from (the map), how many people (2), the keywords and the specific pages they are visiting.

Google Analytics Is Fun To Watch!

Google analytics is fascinating to watch!
Google analytics is fascinating to watch! | Source

The appeal of Google Analytics is undeniable. Being able to see who is on your page at any given time of the day is invaluable. Instead of receiving data the next day, you are able to receive information about visitors to your site instantaneously.

Now, I have to admit that I find this technology fascinating. Instead of dry stats and figures, you know instantly when someone is visiting your site. If you put out a blog post, you can tell right away if it has been noticed or just left to sit in oblivion. If you keep an eye on the stats, you can start to tell when are the best times to post on Pinterest, or Digg. You will be able to see visitors come to your site late at night from across the world.

Imagine being able to tweak a hub or other article right away, if it's not getting noticed. This kind of immediate feedback is invaluable.

How To Do It?

To get to the Google Analytics Real Time, you must first of all, sign up for Google Analytics. Then, you must go to Google's new interface. From there, go to the Home tab, and then to view all the data at once, go to "overview." You can also view the map, source and content separately.

I discovered the Real Time Beta feature in December, and I admit that it is hard to pull my eyes away. It is fascinating!

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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Prairie Princess, this is really very interesting and useful information. Voted up and sharing.


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ancestralstory 4 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

I love using this! Finally an easy and free way to see users using your website in real time.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I did not know this. Thank you for sharing. Great informative hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Paul, I am so glad that you found it useful. I have been using it for a while but thought there may be people that don't know about it. And thanks so much for the votes and shares! Have a wonderful day.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@ancestralstory, nice to "meet" you. Yes, isn't it amazing? Kind of addictive, though! Have a great day.

@Faith Reaper, I am so glad I could share. It is quite an cool tool. Blessings, sister!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, interesting and very useful information that i did not know,thanks .

Vote up and more !!!

Have a wonderful week my friend !


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Khamir, I am so glad I could introduce this to you. You have a great week! And thanks so much for the comment. Take care!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Sounds great but for some reason Google Analytics doesn't pick up my hubs, it only does the ones I actually list.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Interesting. I have google analytics but I never really understood how to use it unfortunately, but I can see the numbers being really fascinating and hard to pull yourself away. Great information. Up, awesome and shared! :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I have signed up and this hub helped me realize its value--thank you so much!


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Great information. Thanks, voted up and shared.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Oooo, more gadgets, goody.

I've just signed up for this, pp and am waiting for them to update my Analytics page ... who knows if I'll ever be able to understand it ;)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is wonderful information to know. Thanks for the excellent information. :)


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Till, I'm not sure why it wouldn't be working for you. If you have submitted your subdomain to Google, it should recognize all of them. Maybe try answering a question that explains what's happening further. It's hard to say unless I know more details. Cheers!

@Barbie, thanks so much for commenting. Analytics is good for knowing who's going to your site, and for what search terms, but you can also get a lot of that data from Hubpages itself, too. Have a great day!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Audrey, I am so glad that it helped you see more about why this program is useful. Thanks for the comment!

@Kimberley, thanks so much for the votes and the comment. Take care!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Angie, yes, more gadgets! There seems to be an endless stream of them, doesn't there? Don't hesitate to ask a question about it, or check out the hub in my resources section. It has very good directions for signing up, too. Have a great day and thanks for dropping by!

@Pamela, I am so glad it was useful. Have a wonderful day and thanks for the comment.


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Ethan Green 4 years ago from England

This is a great instructional hub for new writers as well as the most experience who may not have gotten into this part of analytics yet. It's great when us new hubbers come across an article like this that explains things clearly and concisely. Thanks!

Ethan


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Ethan, I do hope it is helpful for people that haven't tried this yet. Thanks so much for the comment. Have a great night!


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nakmeister 4 years ago from Lancaster, UK

I love Google Analytics, it is very addictive. I have it on in the background sometimes just so I can pop and look what's happening right now. I haven't thought of a use for it yet, but it sure is fun!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Nakmeseister, I agree about the addictive part. I almost called this hub, "I am addicted to Google Analytics!" I love having it on in the background to whatever else I am doing, like you. Nice to meet a fellow G.A. fan. Take care!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut

Very cool hub! I didn't have any idea about the real time on google analytics, this is awesome thanks! Voted up useful, awesome and sharing!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I signed up but haven't taken the time to list all of my hubs individually. Will take some time to get the real benefit of Google Analytics. On my "to do" list. Thanks for the prompt! Voted useful.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@BWD, I am glad I could introduce you to something new. It's pretty fun to use! Have a great day and thanks so much for the comments and shares.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Peggy, as long as your subdomain is listed, it will show all of them. You don't have to list each one with Google Analytics. I wish you all the best with it! Take care and thanks for the comment.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey this is top notch!

I do use this and find it helpful in so many little ways! I still don't understand it completely but I am learning as I go.

Beautiful hub!!


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How-to-crafts 4 years ago from Ireland

I use Google Analytics all the time and think it is a powerful tool for the online writer. I did not know that Google Analytics Real Time was available.

The hub is interesting and I will have a look at this new function

Shared on Twitter and voted up


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@RHW, thank you so much for your encouraging words! It is very helpful for analyzing who is coming to visit your site. Have a great night!

@HTC, it truly is a powerful tool for understanding your audience. I am glad I could introduce you to something new, and thanks so much for the share!


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

I absolutely *love* Real Time Analytics. The problem is that I love it a bit *too* much - I could sit there and watch it all day long and never get anything else done! Like other commenters have said - a very addictive Hub about a very addictive programme. Voted up :)


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@RBS, I hear you! When I first discovered this little program, I couldn't keep my eyes off it. It really can be addictive. Thanks so much for your comment. Have a great day!


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twentyfive 4 years ago

Oh that is amazing! Never knew this until I read this awesome hub :) Thank you for sharing


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Is this the same thing as a "site map" with Webmaster?? I'm confused. I'll try to do this. I may be coming back yelling, Help!

Thanks for the info. I voted this UP, etc.


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iefox5 4 years ago

Google Analytics Real Time is allows us to know real time statistics of our website. It is helpful and useful function.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I'm signed up for analytics but had never looked at them in real time. I see exactly what you mean it is fascinating. Every time I see keywords I want to run right to that hub and put in the keywords. Great hub voted Up.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@twentyfive, I am so glad to share it with you! I hope you have fun with it. Have a wonderful evening.

@Mary, it is different than a site map. Try it out and if you have questions, feel free to come back and ask!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Iefox, yes, it is very useful information. Thanks so much for the comment!

@Moon, that's funny and actually a good idea! Get those long-tails in there! Have a wonderful day.


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

I see Google Analytics real time being a very useful tool. The capability of being able to see who is actually visiting your page in real time and what keywords they are using will certainly be a plus. Thanks for sharing this very useful information. Voted up, awesome and shared.


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NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

Thanks for the diagram above! I look at my analytics every now and then but mostly to try and understand it. :-) I will check it and see if I notice that right now feature. Thanks again!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Dwachiara, yes, it is really is a useful tool, isn't it? Thank you so much for the comment and votes. Have a great day!

@Nia, I hope it helps you get better use out of Google Analytics. Let me know if you have any questions. Take care!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting and useful info prairieprincess. I use Analytics and I'm certained amazed by the technological advancement. No wonder Google is the king in this arena.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Rajan, their technology truly is amazing. Thanks for comment, the votes and the shares. Have a wonderful day!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I setup my Real-Time on my Safari dropped Safari onto my taskbar now I can watch it all the time and still be on hubpages. It's very addictive. I had to come back. I'm keeping your hub in my list of useful hubs.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Moonlake, it is addictive, isn't it? I am so glad you found this hub useful. Have a wonderful day!


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sriparna 4 years ago from New Delhi

Excellent, excellent hub! I was waiting to learn more about Google Analytics, now I know what to do. Thanks for sharing such an important tool. Voted doubly!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Sri, I am so glad it was useful! It is a pretty neat tool once you get the hang of it. Have a good day!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I had to visit this hub again. Your hub is where I got my information for going on Google analytics real time. Hubbers ask about it and you explain it so well on here. Sharing.


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Rob Winters 4 years ago

I regularly check my GA A/C and i think i noticed something about this but somehow never checked it out. I'm off to rectify that.Thanks for drawing my attention to this feature.Up & Useful.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I had no idea this could be done. I just tried it and what a great tool. Thanks so much for sharing this. VU, sharing, etc.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Just have to say that I use this all the time--what a valuable tool!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Oh my gosh! Something else to be addicted too! I just pulled it up and minimized it. This is sooooo cool! Great information! Voted up and addicting, I mean useful and interesting! :)


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raharris 4 years ago from United Kingdom

This looks great can't wait to give it a go!! Great hub :)


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anupma 4 years ago from India

Full of information. . . Great hub. I use google analytics, but do not know about this feature. Thanks for sharing.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Moonlake, thank you so much for sharing this hub with others. It's such a neat tool, and it's so nice that you are letting others know about it, too. Have a wonderful day!

@Rob, I was like you, too. I loved checking my regular analytics but then the real time took it to a whole new level. Thanks so much for dropping by and have a good day!

@bdeg, I am so glad I could introduce you to something new. Thanks so much for the comment and also for sharing. Thanks for coming by!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Audrey, thanks so for the comment and sorry for taking so long to respond! I've been very busy at work the last while. Isn't it a great tool? I love it, too. Have a good night!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@sgbrown, I'm with you! So addicting ... mesmerizing! Have a good night! (Sorry for the delay in answering and thanks for the comment.)

@raharris, it's a pretty nifty tool once you get the hang of it. Thanks for the comment and sorry for the delay in responding!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Anupma, I am so glad it was useful! Have a wonderful evening.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm definitely interested in this feature. I plan on signing up for Analytics today! Thanks.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Vespa, it is very useful and interesting, too, to understand your traffic sources. Thanks for the comment and have a good night!


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

It's really a valuable information. I like the way you present Google Analytics. Using the proper keywords to get potential visitors to your website -- this is really crucial. This is valuable most especially to business-oriented websites. I think it's also great help in terms of internet marketing. Voted up and useful, interesting. :)


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Igidwebsites, thanks for your comment. Google Analytics really is such a valuable tool for businesses and writers.


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carrierichard 3 years ago from California, USA

i am always looking at the real time analytics... just sit and watch.. :) curious but feel little waste of time.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Carrie, I agree! It is very easy to jus waste time just looking at it. I get mesmerized by it, too. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

praireprincess, this is a very useful and interesting hub. Voted up and thank you for sharing.


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The Examiner-1 3 years ago

I have Google Analytics and I thought that your Hub was interesting and helpful. I voted it up and interesting.


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@liesl5858 .... thanks so much for your comment. I am glad it was helpful. I do apologize for taking so long to reply back. I have been so backed up with the comments. Take care!

@The Examiner-1, thanks so much for the comment and vote. I am glad you found it interesting. I apologize for taking one whole year to get back to you. I have been backed up with comments here at HP. Take care!

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