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Google Analytics Real Time How It Can Be Useful For Your Writing

Updated on February 24, 2016
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I am addicted. Yes I have the Google Analytics bug. Ever since I was told how to click onto Google Analytics and see my readers in real time, I can't stop watching who is reading my hubs. Its absolutely fascinating.

And a strange thing happened. I suddenly realised that people out there in the world were really reading my hubs. I know this sounds completely stupid, but hear me out. I am totally aware of the fact that we write for the Internet. I also understand every day we make and write comments on each others new hubs.

But ever since I started to take notice of the google analytics real time, something suddenly dawned on me.

Real People Real Problems.

There are people out there with real problems. I have noticed so many different keywords that readers are putting into the google search to find out answers to questions that they just cannot find for themselves. I know this may sound obvious, but it really has opened my eyes to what people want and need to know in their everyday lives.

Some of the questions they ask are only slightly to do with what I have written, but have arrived at my hubs because of certain sentences in my articles. And it made me realise that actually the stuff I write is only skimming the surface sometimes. It really is showing me that however much information that we write in a hub, someone needs to know that little bit extra.

For example say I had written a hub concerning a particular herb. The reader may want to know whether it reacts to a certain drug or medicine they have taken. Because of this information I know know to go back to my research and add the relevant information for future readers.

Some of the keywords or questions that pop up are actually quite heart tugging. I recently had one that asked 'How do I cope knowing my boyfriend has cheated on me'? It brought home to me the fact that we may write something in jest, but there is a person out there going through hell trying to find answers to their questions.

I realise now that the information we put out has to be as detailed as possible to help the person in question. I know many of you already know this, and are probably thinking well, duh, how stupid is she? But sometimes when we write we forget that there is a whole world out there who read the Internet for answers to many personal and heart wrenching problems.

This view of google analytics real time has really opened my eyes to what people want to read, and the exact information the are looking for.



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Google Analytics Rocks!

On a good note, its also helped me realise exactly which ones of my hubs are the most popular. Obviously I can see that to a certain extent on my hubpage account. The ones near the top are the most read because of the hub score. But seeing it live really does show me how many times a day that the readers are clicking on it and what info they are looking for.

This has really helped me to see what links I need to add to the pages in question, and what keywords are needed to attract the visitors. In fact ever since I started using google analytics real time overview, and have incorporated a few changes to how I link, add keywords and put in the added information that readers want, the amount of readers a day has gone up drastically.

And more importantly, I am beginning, after three years of writing, to see just how the Internet works, what people look for on a daily basis, and how to write the information that they need. And lets face it, it gives us all a buzz to see people from all over the world clicking onto our articles.

I love sitting here watching those little circles appear over towns and cities around the world. Even more entertaining is the fact that I get to know many names of places that I have never heard of before!

So thanks Google Analytics, it took me some time to figure it out, but hey, we can't all be geniuses!

How To Find Real Time Overview Google Analytics

For anyone who has not used Google Analytics its a simple process. Just key into google, and sign in. If you don't have an account with Google Analytics then you can sign up very easily. When you are in click on HOME on the orange bar.

Then look down the left column to the words Real Time. Underneath you will find Overview. This is the one that I keep on, but you can click and explore as you go.

Nell writes on a variety of subjects which includes health, psychic phenomenon, strange people in history and any technology that catches her eye. If you are interested then please click onto:

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      Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

      Thanks Glenn, I forgot I wrote this! lol! yes I do go over to take a long hard look at Google Analytics sometimes. haven't looked for a while so thanks for the reminder! nell

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      Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I use Google Analytics real time overview many times, and when I saw your hub I was curious to see how you are using it too.

      I do the same thing as you do, I watch it when I have the time just to observe the people coming and going as they read my hubs in real time.

      I find it interesting to see some people spend a few minutes on a particular hub (hopefully reading) and then clicking to another hub. That tells me a lot. Based on that information, I can determine what is working to keep a reader engaged and what is not working - in the cases where I see someone drop off real quick.

      Besides real time view, Google Analytics provides an enormous amount of useful data that helps us improve our hubs.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Celebrate, glad you liked it, it is a useful tool, I can't stop looking at it! lol!

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      Ken Kline 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I haven't mastered Google Analytic s as you have but you have definitely inspired me. I have reviewed the search terms of how and why my hubs have been accessed which on occasion has caused me to answer their question more precisely in the hub.

      The writing is important but the research of what the consumer wants and is really seeking is critical.

      I must delved more into the Google Analytic s - thank you for inspiring me to learn more.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi mary, it is great isn't it? I love watching the bubbles that change as someone else comes on, America, Canada, Australia, love it! thanks so much and have a great weekend, nell

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell Rose. I've been meaning to come back just to let you know I am addicted to Google Analytics! Makes me feel so wonderful to know real live people are reading my work on HubPages!

      It does take some time, but it is well worth it. Thanks again.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Vicki, lol! my pc crashed so I would have spotted this as you wrote it! google analytics really do help me see whats going on, I can watch it for ages! great to see you, nell

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Nell, I haven't really looked at this, but will for sure now! Who knows, as I am writing this you could have your eyes right on me! A little creepy, but if I do it it might be really interesting! Just thought I'd check out some of your Hubs I haven't read before, because I sort of miss you!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Celebrate, to be honest I think that now Hubstaff are doing the tags it seems to have increased my traffic! I wasn't that good at getting the tags right! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Ken Kline 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I need to work on this more and yet I avoid it. Your article is encouraging - loved your sense of humor with the flat graph. I have been working on adding the key terms to my photos to boost the traffic and it does seem to help. Staying focused upon one topic, however, is problematic for me - I love to write about everything so I feel that sadly hurts my Google traffic.

      I fear someday only the connected writers will have traffic. That is why I love HubPages so much they support us in our endeavors and lend the volume that the little writer really needs - not to mention all the training my fellow Hubbers and the HubPages team has given me for free.

      How do you feel about the tags being removed?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi sally, its great to keep an eye on who is reading our hubs because its fascinating to see where they come from, glad you liked it! nell

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      A fascinating and useful read. I have been using Analytics for ages and never even noticed this useful feature. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Winterfate, thanks for reading, and I am glad you found it helpful! thanks!

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      Darrin Perez 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Very interesting and useful! I may have to look into this later on!

      Thank you for the great hub Nell! Voted up! :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks everyone, it really is a useful little tool, gives me great ideas for extra hubs similar to the ones we have written but with the extra questions answered, nell

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub, Nell. From now, I must use Google Analytics to see my readers in real time. I'll bookmark this hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Such a useful hub. I did see it for the first time and went WOW :-)

      Thank you for sharing, voted up and sharing!

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      This is very useful thank you! I just signed up for this and I'll have to see how to do what you did you help me with my hubs!

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and useful!

      I learnt a lot from this article. It is indeed exciting and I need to check it out. Pinning and sharing!

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      This is a fascinating information Nell. I check on my Google Analytics all the time, but never really checked on the real time to see what is going on. This will be of great help in updating my hubs. Thanks.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi rajan, thanks so much, its so fascinating sitting watching where people come from and the keywords they are using, nell

      Hi Your Cousins, glad you found it useful, nell

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks so much for the Hub. This is very useful info and I will be looking into Google Analytics.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting Nell. I too am amazed at the sheer variety of search words being punched in by those who need info on such a variety of factors on a single topic that no single hub can incorporate all the answers.

      The good part is is that these keywords give us the chance to incorporate additional info that people are looking for and we have overlooked or were not aware of. It's great to learn incorporating this info has added to your views.

      This is great info. Thanks.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks george, I thought it showed all the traffic? thanks!

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      georgescifo 4 years ago from India

      Google Analytic's real time date is really helpful for knowing your latest stats. But still some kind of traffic are not reflected in the real time data.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks great anne! now sit back and watch the readers! lol! its fun to see where they are reading from, have a great week!

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. Just to let you know that I finally got there with this , only after your walk through . Now I need to let the significance sink in, so am going to print off and re read this hub. Many thanks Nell :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Lol! thanks anne, have a great Sunday too, nell

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. Many thanks for the walk through, I will give it a try. It doesn´t help that google stuff comes up in Spanish and I have to keep going back on myself to change the language when I have forgotten to click the box. Have a great weekend nell, and get that heating on and to hell with it LOL

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi anne, Happy New Year to you too, I will talk you through the google thing, lol! okay, Click on Home in the orange, then look down the grey area on the left. Real time is next to a circle/arrow, click on that and the first thing that comes up just underneath is the Overview, that should do it, okay? hope it works this time fingers crossed! lol! good luck, nell

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell and a happy new year to you and yours. I have signed onto analytics and it´s now active, but I can´t for the life of me get to see the action. As I live in Spain I have to change the language everytime I look for info, but apart from that all I can seem to get into is an explanation of what it is and can do. I have followed your instructions to the T, clicking on HOME on the orange bar then looked down the page but there is no mention of REAL TIME or OVERVIEW underneath and when I click on REAL TIME on another page all I get is an explanation of what it´s all about...HELP, I´m desperate to get hooked too LOL.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Glenn, yes its a fascinating little tool isn't it? I keep a notebook next to my pc, and if I spot a good question or keyword search come up I grab it quick! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Excellent hub Nell.

      I stumbled upon the "real time" feature recently when I was checking out my Google Analytics. I use analytics a lot to find the keywords people are using.

      You brought up an interesting idea -- to use that information to answer alternate questions people may be searching answers to. Rather than adding it to the hub that they hit, I would write another hub dedicated to that other question. This would bring more traffic and the reader would find the answer quicker. A satisfied reader may have the tendency to check out an author's other hubs.

      As for "real time" -- I got hooked on it too, watching readers spent time on one page, going to another, or disappearing off the radar.

      That last part shows me where I need to work to improve retaining the reader -- either by improving the way I provide what the title suggests, or by adding useful links to other hubs that offer more detail.

      Google really is helping us do a better job. The tools in analytics also indicates what Google wants from us. There's no mystery when one follows along with Google Analytics.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Deborah, glad you found it helpful, nell

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Hi Nell. I sometimes forget about Google Analytics. Thanks for the tips.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading teaches, glad you liked it, nell

      Hi Glimmer, thanks so much, and good luck with it, nell

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Really useful hub. I really need to look at this tool. Thanks Nell!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Google Analytics is a simple process and I do agree it is very useful in writing. Thanks for your review of this tool, very interesting.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Docmo, great to see you, and thanks. I just got slightly addicted to it just seeing different people around the world reading my hubs, and its fascinating to see what they actually look up, poignant stuff sometimes, thanks nell

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      you are such a 'resource investigator' , young Nell. Your Google analytic hub is a useful subject for us all. thanks for the info. Much appreciated and enjoyed.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tipo, thats it exactly, I think when we realise that others have the same problems then we will know exactly what to write about, it has certainly opened my eyes, thanks for reading, and great to see you!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Spirit, I just love it because it shows us exactly where people are reading us from, thanks for reading, nell

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Nell for this information. I stumbled acrossed the real time in GA one day, but because some of my stuff is a bit outdated, I couldn't see anything in real time. I have to admit, even without it I am addicted to checking it out.

      It is easy to forget about people out there struggling to understand something when certain things seem easy to you. My family hates when I write about things they deem "private", but one day I was at the library and found a book that sounded like my childhood; clear down to the rattlesnake in the freezer. I couldn't help but flash it to the family saying...see, see, someone else out there is like me, only she is making millions at it. HP has been a great place to meet people and share knowledge.

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for writing such a useful hub. I had no idea about this but will definitely check it out now.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks carter, Hope you find it helpful, nell

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This sounds so interesting Nell and looks to be beneficial thanks for sharing it with us, will check it out...U & A

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks lex, glad you liked it, nell

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      lex123 4 years ago

      Very useful hub.. I must start checking my GA account now. You always write great hubs Nell.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi drbj, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tebo, thank you for reading, it is fascinating to see where people are reading from, I love it! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, glad you found it helpful, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi bac, I have just tweaked a few things in the last few weeks and found along with this that my readers have gone up, I may write a hub about what else I have done because I have doubled my readers! yeah! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi rajan, glad you liked it and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi christin, lol! yes it can be depressing when you see nobody on there, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, yes its great isn't it? thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Eddy, great to see you, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tills, great to see you as always, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi mary, you will find the direct link on your earnings page in the accounts of your hubs, top right corner of the screen, okay? just click on your earnings in blue, then you will see the link at the bottom, thanks as always for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi skeety, good luck with figuring it out! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi people, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi ruby, glad you found it helpful, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Millionaire, good luck with it, I find it fascinating! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Becky, no I don't think I created seperate ones, hubpages just shows as seperate ones on there, okay? lol! don't worry I get confused too! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Glad you found it helpful Nate, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading, Learn, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Mike, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading, mpropp, nell

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting! I was clicking on the google analytics under my earning settings and it takes you to a different view..so i could see overall stats about home many people visited in a day, week, month, etc. But, I hadn't clicked on the home screen before and wasn't aware of the real time or any of that. Great information!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Although I have an Analytics account, I haven't yet got around to really figure it out. Thank you so much for this quite useful and informative hub,, I am sure all the hubbers can put it to good use!

      Best Regards

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      I use Google Analytics and it made me more aware of the importance of having really good titles. A lot of my visitors are also looking for something that may only be a little related to what I wrote but I think it's interesting titles that draw them in. A lot of hubbers are really careless with titles and don't put a lot of thought into them. That can limit traffic for them.

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very good and useful information. After reading this Hub, I went over to Google Analytics, and discovered how much you can really do on there; I need to explore it more often. Thanks much.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey Nell,

      I am trying to figure out Google Analytics with no luck....an important question I have is if you create custome channels for each hub? I'm a little lost and it seems that it gets VERY confusing (as you mentioned). I'd love to play with it and watch it but I get discouraged at all the technicalities involed.

      Anyway sounds cool I'd LOVE more info.....

      ~Becky

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Those readers do seem anonymous, don't they? They just seem to be a number in a tally. It is nice to be able to tell how they got here and what they were looking for. This way we can be sure we were able to help them out. I haven't played with the real time Analytics. I just need to spend some more time on it. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Nell. I will be searching Google analytics today, sounds like fun. thank's . I always learn from your articles..

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      I went there and I saw one visitor on my hub about Anchorage Alaska in January. The circle was around Florida. It must be a person getting ready to leave Florida. I did become concerned when I saw my bounce rate at 100%. Then I found that single page articles, like hub pages are always rated at 100% because the reader exits after reading the single page. Thanks for a great article, voting up useful and sharing.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Hi Nell! I had no idea this existed. I signed up but I am a bit confused. Anyway, thank you for sharing this information.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I read another Hub about Google Analytics, but I could never get it to work for me. Wonder why you didn't give us the link? There is a related Hub on the subject. I want to learn how to do this.....

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Stampede to Google Analytics! Armed with the information you gave us, in easy to read, knowledgeable format, we'll all be heading there to make our hubs better!

      You always take on the best subjects Nell. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared!!!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What an interesting andwell informed hub. I need to read as many as I can of great tips so I am saving your as well as sharing.

      Have wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great resource, Nell, one which I didn't know about. You can also click any of the links on the left side to discover interesting things about your site. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      I discovered this at the weekend when I read a forum post about it. It can be fun seeing who is looking at your hub and where they are from, it's also helpful to see how long they actually stay and if it's worth reading. It can also be depressing when you find no one is looking at your hubs.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Nell, google analytics is indeed addicting. To see visitors on one's site reading one's hubs indeed is as I've experienced. Yours is such a well written hub and I learnt much from it. Thanks.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. I will certainly give this a go . I agree with what you are saying, sometimes ( well all the time in my case) I forget that my hubs have the potential to be read all over the world and by thousands of people and just tend to think it´s only my followers who will read what I write. As things stand just now with the latest Google changes and so many hubbers feeling maybe it´s not worth their time continuing to write, your advice could be what makes them decide in the end to continue as more readers potentially means more earnings for those of us who do need the income as well as the outlet writing gives. Cheers Nell for very useful advice.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for this information, Nell. I have signed up for Google Analytics and used it, but I'm going to explore it in much more detail now that I've read your hub!

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I have never looked at Google Analytics, but I am certainly going to after reading this very informative hub. Sounds like it gives hub ideas too which could be helpful for me! Thanks for writing this interesting hub Nell.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I must admit, Nell, that I haven't given Google Analytics the importance it probably deserves. So now as a result of your most informative hub, I am saving this information and will revisit G.A.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Seeker, I only found out on the forums about it, I can't remember who wrote about it, but it got me hooked! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Dobson, are you sure you have linked properly to it? even if you only get a few a day there should be some action on there, good luck and I am sure you will get there, I don't get many at a time, its just a constant stream of little clicks, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Frank, thats the way to go! lol! it took me ages, I think we tend to get an idea in our heads and then write about it, if we sit back and think about what people want we will get there in the end, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Gypsy, lol! yes its very hookable! I keep clicking over to take a look, another great idea is to keep a note pad next to your computer so that the second someone asks a particular question that brings up one of your hubs you can quickly write the question down and incorporate it into the hub or make another one, gives me so many ideas! thanks, nell

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      OK Nell you got me hooked! I have analytics but I had never really checked it out. Very interesting to see how many people from different countries have visited my hubs. Thanks for opening my old eyes. Voted up and useful:)

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      Francesco Menchise 4 years ago from Brisbane Australia

      This is another great hub, thanks for sharing, from now on when I write my hubs I will keep in mind to write also for the people that read my hubs, and then look at the result in Google Analytic.

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      Dobson 4 years ago from Virginia

      You have introduced another piece of Analytics to me. Unfortunately i saw a big fat zero when i went to see how many active users there was for my HubPages account. I have become disappointed in my experience as it seems instead of steadily gaining audience I am either meandering or slightly decreasing over time.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is a great hub Nell and one that is long over due for us all on Hub Pages. I know that the tools are there for us to get statistics, to get readers to visit our hubs and so on. But when working with all this internet technology it's easy to forget that, as you say, there are real people out there with 'heart wrenching' problems.

      A great hub and a wake up call for all of us who write for the internet!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Rain, glad you found it, its fun and it really does help to see what people are actually looking for in real time, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, lol! yes don't get hooked! glad you liked it, and thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi JK, lol! I did the same the first time I noticed london! haha! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks carol, I just get fascinated by the whole thing, watching people clicking on my stuff is great, and very addictive! lol!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      HI christopher, lol! don't worry it took me a while too! but thanks as always, hope you are not flooded down your way?

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I totally can't figure how Google Analytics works, so I have given up on it. I probably should try harder but it is just a pain. I'm pleased it works for you Nell though.