Use custom dimensions in Analytics

Set up custom dimensions in Analytics to create richer and more informative reports specific to your Google News feed traffic. 

Create custom dimensions for Google News

Learn how to create a custom dimension in Analytics. When creating a custom dimension for News in Google Analytics, select Hit in the Scope field.

After you create a custom dimension, you cannot delete it. You can make it inactive and change its name , but you can't remove it entirely.

Custom dimensions tracked by Google News

You must add these dimensions in the order the appear below, otherwise your data will have incorrect headings and titles:

 
Index Title/name Description Matching field in Producer
1 Edition ID Unique ID given to each edition family. N/A
2 Issue ID Unique ID given to each issue. News editions also have this ID, but it is a one-to-one mapping to the edition ID. N/A
3 Section ID Unique ID given to each section inside an edition. N/A
4 Article ID Unique ID given to each article in a section. N/A
5 Edition name The name of the edition on which an event occurred. Edition name
6 Issue name The name of the issue on which an event occurred.
For news: This is the same as your edition name.
For magazines: This is the name of your Issue.
For magazines only: The issue name in the drop-down above the preview pane
7 Section name The name of the section on which an event occurred. Section name
8 Article title The title of the article on which an event occurred. Title under Manage Articles
9 Page Number Articles: The page on which an event occurred while reading an article.
Sections: The page of the section on which an event occurred.
N/A
10 User subscription type The reader's subscription type. Possible values include:
2 - not subscribed
3 - free
4 - paid
N/A
11 Offline Whether the reader was offline when the event occurred. N/A
12 Placeholder Create a placeholder custom dimension and mark it as inactive (i.e. uncheck the Active checkbox when creating). It won't track any data. N/A
13 Placeholder Create a placeholder custom dimension, and mark it as inactive (i.e. uncheck the Active checkbox when creating). It won't track any data. N/A
14 Placeholder Create a placeholder custom dimension, and mark it as inactive (i.e. uncheck the Active checkbox when creating). It won't track any data. N/A
15 Read from When articles are read, this dimension tracks which screen the user was on when they clicked on the article. Possible values include:
  • Read now (corresponds to the "For you" feed)
  • [Section] Edition name - Section name
  • [Topic] Topic name
  • Explore
  • Search
  • etc.
N/A
16 Placeholder Create a placeholder custom dimension and mark it as inactive (i.e. uncheck the Active checkbox when creating). It won't track any data. N/A
17 Translated language The language to which your edition or article was translated when it was read. The default value is None if the content was not translated and was read in its original language. N/A
18 Placeholder Create a placeholder custom dimension and mark it as inactive (i.e. uncheck the Active checkbox when creating). It won't track any data. N/A
19 AMP version Whether the reader saw the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) version of an article (if available). It'll be true if the user was shown the AMP document and false otherwise. Users may not see the AMP version if they have an older application or OS version or are offline. N/A

The next time a reader syncs your edition, Analytics will start tracking their viewing activity so that you can see an aggregated view of your readership. Your custom dimensions can then be used as dimensions when creating a custom report or as segments or secondary dimensions on the standard reports that Google Analytics provides.

Add custom dimensions to your default reports

To display the value of a custom dimension on the default reporting views:

  1. Sign in to Analytics.
  2. Click Behavior, then Screens to navigate to a default report view.
  3. Underneath the graph, click the Secondary dimension drop-down.
  4. Within the drop-down, expand Custom dimensions.
  5. Select the desired custom dimension. It appears in your table view.
  6. If you'd like to view your data using additional dimensions or metrics, click the advanced link.
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