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Site subdirectories and traffic numbers

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I want to verify I am understanding our analytics numbers correctly

 

On our site we have a library page that utilizes a subdirectory:

 

oursite/library/

 

as options are toggled, that returns several different urls that tack onto that, depending on sorting options selected

 

Such as

 

oursite/library/?filters%5B%5D=product_division%4099

 

or

 

oursite/library/?filters%5B%5D=product_division%4099

 

There are countless permutations. My question is, are all the toggled views rolled into the analytics numbers for the subdirectory oursite/library/

 

I want to make sure the structure of this page is not skewing our understanding numbers.Because if every toggle is counted as a page view for the subdirectory, it would be greatly skwed

 

thanks

 

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Site subdirectories and traffic numbers

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Each one of the urls will be tracked as a separate pageview. However, I'm not quite sure what you mean by traffic numbers. For example, even though a single visitor may generate many different URLs during their session they will still be tracked as a single visitor, with one session. The number of urls will not influence this. 

 

To answer your question, yes - the different urls generated during the visit, as you describe them, will be included in the views to the directory /library. 

 

I do not think this makes your data incorrect, you just have to be clear on what it's measuring. Your urls are reflecting the fact that people are engaging with the site - by choosing various sorting options - and the page views count reflects this. Yes, it's possibly confusing - and there may be alternatives in how you measure this - but it does not mean your data collection is inherently wrong. 

 

If you wanted to know 'true' page views of the library page - where no options have been toggled then you could filter your data to only report page views which match the URL oursite/library$, for example (or something similar).

 

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Site subdirectories and traffic numbers

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Thanks for the response John!

 

What would you suggest as best way to get info for a directory like /library?

 

Apart from an accurate reading of visitors to this area, I am looking for the best most accurate way to get engagement stats for "/library/" as a subdirectory - meaning average duration info for /library/ and every sorting variation triggered in a session, tallied as one

 

We want to get an idea of how long people entering this area stay there on average. I tried the Content Drill down, but this breaks it everything out by individual pages, which destroys that.

 

 

I am reading this may have to involve a filtered view, which isn't retroactive, for historical data.

 

Any advice?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

Site subdirectories and traffic numbers

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Quick Christmas holiday answer - yes, a filtered view would be one alternative. Note that a custom report will use a similar filter, and be retroactive. But you could also consider using content grouping - https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2853423?hl=en 

 

 

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