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How do I get data from only a subsection of my website?

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Hello, 

I am trying to only get analytics for the Blog section of my website, in order to determine which blogs are doing well each week. Initially, I tried creating a new View with the Filter of just pages that have /blog on them, but unfortunately this isn't going to work long term because only the blog hub actually has /blog in the URL. Individual blog posts, while all of them are subsections of /blog, do not have /blog in the URL. 

Does anyone have any advice on how I can like, segment off traffic to only this particular part of my website in order to analyze it separately? Thank you so much in advance. 

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Re: How do I get data from only a subsection of my website?

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There is the option to look at Behavior > All Pages and then switch the Primary Dimension to "Page Title" or make it a secondary dimension. After that you can advanced filter out results for all the other static pages of your website, leaving you with only blog posts. This could be tedious, but you can always save this report in a Shortcut for future use.

Other than that, you could possibly set up a Custom Segment in the main view and then under Advanced > Conditions by pages containing partial URLS for the sections on your website where the blogs are? Doing it this way you can use "Or" for the different paths. https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/3124493?hl=en
Page > Contains > /2015/02/lump-sum-taxes/
or
Page > Contains > /latest/year-in-review/
or
Page > Contains > /blog/

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I think the struggle for our website is that the URL's do not retain a tag for their identifying section. For example, relating to the first suggestions, I wouldn't know how to filter out webpages under our About section (http://www.fairvote.org/about) because after the initial landing page, none of the subpages retain "About" in the URL. Our Board page is a subpage of About (http://www.fairvote.org/board#krist_novoselic) but it does not retain the "About" phrase in the URL. How would I distinguish that page as a subpage of "About" and another page, say this one: (http://www.fairvote.org/primary_focus_understanding_voter_turnout) as a subpage of the "Blog" section?

I think I might run into this issue if I tried the segmenting suggestion as well.

Is there a way to filter webpages by the date the webpage was published? All of our blogs are pages are, of course, published in the last week, while our static pages are older. Is there a way to say, "I only want to see traffic data for website pages published in the past week?" Thank you so much for your help on this.

Re: How do I get data from only a subsection of my website?

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While not as quick as setting up segments or filters you may be able to use Content Grouping to group your pages that fall under the same umbrella. Then you could look at each group individually.

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But then, if I created a "Group" for all blog posts, wouldn't I have to individually add every new blog post to that group...? Thanks for the help/ideas here!

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The functionality here, in terms of comparing how different sections of the website perform in relation to one and other, seems perfect, but I'm just wording if it would even be possible to create a group solely comprised of "Blogs" or any page published as a "Blog" as all of our blogs have unique URLS and do not have "Blog" in their URL, ie. http://www.fairvote.org/primary_focus_understanding_voter_turnout

Re: How do I get data from only a subsection of my website?

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That depends on how big your website is. When we designed our site we designed it so that we could filter and segment it by doing a 6 month study to determine what metrics the organization wanted to track (ie. sessions, pageviews, new users, return users, unique users etc.), how they wanted the site metrics broken down (by functional area, by sections, by division, as a whole, etc.), and how they wanted to view the metrics (drill down, flat table, dashboard, emailed report). Not everyone has this kind of leway and time to do this in advance. I am fortunate in that the organization I work for is very detailed focus and has everything discussed, detailed out and documented prior to execution. We typically have a project run up of 6-18 months.

To view different sections of a website you basicly have three options: Segments, Filtering or Content Grouping.

Your site structure does not lend itself to segmenting out since your URLs do not cascade under each other, so that leaves either filtering which in your case would be a nightmare as you would have to do negitive logic by excluding all items except blogs as filtering only allows for the AND connector and not the OR connector. So the only option that I see left is to use Content Grouping the downside of course would be that you would have to make additional entries when ever a new blog gets posted.

Which ever method you use it is going to be work to set up and sustain over its lifetime.

Re: How do I get data from only a subsection of my website?

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Nils has a custom report that may also work for you see his tip at https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Reports/Tracking-data-for-a-specific-set-of-URLs-exclusive...