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PageDepth 1 and PreviousPagePath entrance are not the same, reporting on metrics of landing pages

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I'm trying to build reporting based on landing pages only. You would think I could use PageDepth==1 for this or PreviousPagePath==(entrance) and that these two dimensions would yield similar results.

 

Below you can see a case where this is not true by a large margin. Does someone have pointers for me what causes PreviousPagePath to be set to (entrance) while it is appearantly not the first page in the session? I tried to reproduce this by visiting the website via direct and re-entering the website through organic. That 2nd pageview-hit did actually had as PreviousPagePath (entrance), but so was PageDepth set to 1 (and not 2).

 

Setup:

 

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Results:

 

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 PageDepth is also reset by the session time out (30 minutes), isn't it?

 

This data is from a Classic GA account.

 

The specific 404 pages I was looking for when filtering for "entrance" are clearly 404 pages that currently are only accessible through organic results. But when filtering for PageDepth==1, I get only 70% of the the results.

 

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Accepted by topic author Aldert B
March 2017

PageDepth 1 and PreviousPagePath entrance are not the same, reporting on metrics of landing pages

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To answer my own question: PageDepth is a session scope dimension and doesn't split the pageviews into a sequence of visited pages. (What I needed).

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PageDepth 1 and PreviousPagePath entrance are not the same, reporting on metrics of landing pages

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Friendly bump :+)

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Accepted by topic author Aldert B
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PageDepth 1 and PreviousPagePath entrance are not the same, reporting on metrics of landing pages

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To answer my own question: PageDepth is a session scope dimension and doesn't split the pageviews into a sequence of visited pages. (What I needed).