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Interpreting Real-Time

There are six reports: Overview, Locations, Traffic Sources, Content, Events, and Conversions. All display (from left to right):

  • the number of users on the site right now,
  • the number of hits during each of the most recent 30 minutes
  • the number of hits during each of the most recent 60 seconds

The Overview shows the websites that referred the users who are on the site right now. It also shows the pages through which these users entered your site and their geographic locations. If you are running a 1-day campaign for example, you can see how many active users were referred by that campaign, whether they are coming in through the appropriate landing page(s) and their geographic locations.

  • Top Social Traffic: Real-Time uses the same social referral groupings that are used in the Social Reports. This allows you to see all the social networks that refer traffic.

Use Locations to see the geographic locations of the users who are on your site now. You can also see how many pages were viewed from each city during the past 30 minutes.

Use Traffic Sources to see which mediums and sources referred the users who are on your site right now. This allows you to monitor the percentage of your active users who were referred by a specific site or campaign. For Universal Analytics views (profiles) in real-time, Campaign refers to the campaign that directly led to the current session. This differs from standard reporting, where Campaign references the source campaign from the last 30 days, even if it did not directly lead to the current session.

Use Content to see which pages have been viewed during the past 30 minutes. For example, you can see whether content you posted today is currently popular.

  • Pageviews (Last 30 min): Above the table on this report, you’ll see an option to view the number of page views in addition the number of active users on each page. This is the total number of page views each of your pages have received during the past 30 minutes.

Use Events to see the real time firing of events. The table shows the top 20 event categories over the past 30 minutes, sorted by the number of users who have interacted with that event. The percentage of total users is also shown on each row. Clicking on a category adds the appropriate filter and provides a drill down to a table with action and label.

  • Events (Last 30 min): Above the table on this report, you’ll see an option to view the number of events in addition the number of active users on each page. This is the total number of events each of your event categories has fired during the past 30 minutes.
Use Conversions to see real time goal completions. The table shows the top 20 goals that active users have completed during their session, the number of users, and the percentage of the total number of users.

Clicking on a category adds the appropriate filter. Note that only destination- and event-based goals are supported in real time reports.
  • Goal Hits (Last 30 min): Above the table on this report, you’ll see an option to view the number of goals in addition the number of active users that have converted. This is the total number of conversions for each of your goals during the past 30 minutes.

Real-Time Segmentation

Click on any dimension in the reports to apply a real-time segment based on that dimension. Alternatively, when viewing a specific report, type a value into the search box to add a real-time segment on that value. Segments persist as you click through the Real-Time reports. Note that standard Segments do not apply in Real-Time.

Dashboards

Real-Time dimensions and metrics are now available in dashboard widgets as well. Select the metrics you would like and add the widgets to your dashboard.