"It's a flexible structure within Google Analytics that allows you to have a set of data that's most meaningful to you, and your colleague to have a set of data that's most meaningful to her."
Security tip: Be sure to be careful about generic email addresses (like company @ gmail.com) where you don't know for sure who has access to the email. It's important to keep control of email addresses, so use private email addresses and always check if those people still "deserve" access.A profile can be by site, by functional areas, or both. Page tags go on the page to make the data available. Building proper profiles is a very important part of using the Google Analytics account. Below is an image by Google on the structure of accounts, read more at this code article. Below are two very important tips on creating profiles for an account:
Alex and Charles go on to show how to analyze traffic sources and how to navigate the Google Analytics interface, both in terms of graphing and of settings. Check the video to learn more.
- Always have a RAW profile with no filters, and all segmentation can be done later.
- Create at least one profile which filters out all internal traffic, to see the real customer traffic.
Alex Langshur - Co-Founder & Senior Partner, Cardinal Path
Alex Langshur is a co-founder and Senior Partner of Cardinal Path, a web analytics, search optimization and marketing consulting firm. Cardinal Path is the largest pure-play digital performance measurement firm in North America, committed to helping clients leverage their web, mobile, social media, email and search initiatives to turn convert visits to value, and prospects into customers.
Alex is a sought after speaker having keynoted and presented at digital marketing conferences around the world. He is the past-President and a current Director Emeritus of the Web Analytics Association (WAA), and a member of the Emetrics Marketing Optimization Summit Advisory Council. He teaches courses on web analytics, search optimization and digital measurement for University of British Columbia, GSA Web Manager University and WAA Base Camp, and has been published in journals and magazines including Government IT Week, Government Executive, CNN Money and others. Alex lives in Boston with his wife, two sons and golden retriever.