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How to use Google Analytics In-Page Overlay to visually see traffic LIVE on your site! Great SEO helper.

Updated on August 3, 2012

In-Page Analytics Screenshots

Here, Choose a site to manage.
Here, Choose a site to manage. | Source
On the left, search for "In-Page Analytics"
On the left, search for "In-Page Analytics" | Source
Here, the bottom half of your screen turns into the overlay. Just open your browser in a new window to see the full view.
Here, the bottom half of your screen turns into the overlay. Just open your browser in a new window to see the full view. | Source
Here, you see my personal website with the In-Page Analytics Overlay.
Here, you see my personal website with the In-Page Analytics Overlay. | Source

How to use Google In-Page Analytics

This hub is written for users who are already using Google Analytics. It will not cover how to install the tracking code, or how to get started. It will however, show you a great new feature that I fell upon by accident, but that I am absolutely in love with!

Google In-Page analytics is an overlay on your site that shows you the same information that's in the reports only it's visual, so you can literally see where people are clicking rather than just reading it in a report. I find the visual reference quite powerful. It motivated me to rearrange my site.

I hope you find this tool useful.

1. Login to your google Analytics page.
2. Click on the site you want to manage if you have multiple sites tracking in your account.
3. On the left, begin to type "In-Page Analytics" in the search bar, it will show up. Click on it.
4. Now in your browser the bottom half of the page will be the overlay.. almost helpful right?
5. Open your website in a new tab. Viola! Now you see the overlay in full screen. You can click around your site and find traffic patterns. strong (and weak) points, etc.

When you're done, click the "Exit" button at the top right to remove the overlay. Though, if you're like me, you'll want to leave it on for a while, and check out all the wonderful data! I'd love to hear about your use of this great add-on. I hope you've found my post to be useful, informative, and simple. I do realize the hub likes lots of content, but sometimes less is more!



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    • mariacolomy profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Colomy 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I hope you find it useful, I know the information was there before, but seeing it overlay on my site really brought it home. Thanks for reading!

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Short but to the point. You did a great job at showing the individual page views to make it clear how The in-page anlytics works. I've been noticing that Google has been adding a lot of useful reporting tools into Google analytics. It's good that you wrote about this because, especially now with the Peguin issues, it could be useful to analyze our in-page links. And the In-page anlytics will help with that.

    • nakmeister profile image


      7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Sounds good, will have to give it a try. Thanks!


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