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Google Analytics Page View Reports: Everything You Need to Know

Here’s everything you need to know about Google Analytics Page View Reports to improve your website performance.

Djordje Cvijovic Djordje Cvijovic on March 4, 2022 (last modified on March 2, 2022) • 8 minute read

Don’t you just love data?

Especially when it brings results to your business? Well… keep reading this piece because it’s all about results!

When it comes to Google Analytics, we have access to so many metrics at our fingertips that can help us determine whether our website is performing well or not. Not all pages on your website are performing equally. Some pages are visited more frequently than others, and it’s important for you to understand the purpose of each page and how effective it is in converting traffic.

If you’re trying to increase your website traffic, you’d probably love more page views. The only way to figure out how these page views affect your website is by analyzing data from page view reports.

Here’s everything you need to know about Google Analytics Page View Reports to improve your website performance and marketing performance reporting as a whole.

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What Are Pageviews in Google Analytics?

Pageviews is a Google Analytics metric that counts the total number of times a page is viewed. Pageviews is not a real-time reporting metric, which means that it can take up to 24 hours for Google Analytics to count the pageview.

Remember: Page Views is NOT about marketing or traffic acquisition. It’s about measuring internal user behavior on your website. It’s a critical report for upper management and stakeholders who care about user engagement and retention.

What Counts as a Page View?

The easiest way to determine this is to think of a pageview as any time the browser loads a web page. The most common example of this is when you type in a web address into your browser and click enter. Sometimes you may click on a link that takes you to another website, sometimes you may click on a link that takes you to a different part of the same website. However, in both cases, it is still considered a single pageview.

There are also other examples of how pageviews can be obtained. For example:

  • If you type in a URL, but decide not to click enter and instead click back on your browser, Google Analytics will count this as 1 pageview for the URL that you typed in and 1 pageview for the previous URL (the one from which you came).
  • When clicking through search results or social media links, if they take you to another website, Google Analytics will count this as 1 pageview for the link that was clicked and 1 pageview for the web address on which it took you.

What Are Unique Page Views in Google Analytics?

The difference between unique page views and page views is important because it highlights how Google Analytics calculates the total number of visits. The main difference between these two metrics is that the unique page views metric counts each time a single user visits a particular page, while the page views metric counts the total number of times that page was viewed, including repeat visits from the same user.

You can find this metric in ‘Site content report‘ (Behaviour > Site content > All pages):

Site Content Report - Google Analytics

As you can see, there are fewer Unique page views than Pageviews.

What Is a Page View Report in Google Analytics?

Page view reports are one of the most popular Google Analytics reports, as it is a comprehensive report that gives you insights into your website’s overall performance. This report lists all the web pages that you have on your website and how many times they have been viewed.

Basically, the Page views report gives you information about where people are coming from, what pages they are viewing, what time of the day they visit your website, and more. This primarily helps you to take further actions to improve the user experience on your site.

Related: 20+ Google Analytics Reports, Metrics, & Tips for Measuring Your Blog’s Performance

How to Check Pageviews in Google Analytics?

You can find the Pageviews report in Google Analytics by navigating to Audience > Overview report.

How to Check Pageviews in Google Analytics?

If you want to check ‘Top viewed pages‘ on your site, go to Behavior > Site Content > All Pages

How to Check Top Viewed Pages in Google Analytics?

If you want to find out which specific pages on your website have had the highest amount of traffic over a given period of time, then you’ll want to use Top Content as opposed to All Pages or All Referrals. This report is more useful than any other option because it offers a high-level overview of all the top content pages on your site.

If you wanted to see the top ten most viewed pages over a certain period, then you might have to do some additional filtering. This information can help you decide if the content is worth keeping or if it’s time for an update. In addition to this, this report can show you how much money each page earns through ads.

Google Analytics Page Views Reports Best Practices

Does your website have a magical button that makes people buy? Of course not – but it’s a great idea to know what your prospects are doing on your website. You can use Page Views Reports in various situations to dig deeper into your visitors’ behavior. Here are some of the most often cases:

Split your Pageviews between Desktop and Mobile

If you combine Pageviews with other data, you can get more insights into visitor behavior.

Go to Audience -> Overview report.

Split your Pageviews between Desktop and Mobile

Click +Add Segments and select Mobile traffic.

Pageviews from Mobile Traffic

In this case, you’ll see how many pageviews you received from mobile compared to the total number of page views.

Pageviews from Mobile Traffic

Related: A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Website Optimization

Track the Percentage of Users Who Created More than 3 Page Views

In this case, you can find out how many users created more than 3-page views.

Also, you can create a custom segment and see the percentage of users who created 3+ pageviews before leaving.

More than 3 Pageviews Custom Segment

Related: 19 Google Analytics Custom Dimensions for Drilling Down Into Your Website’s Performance

Find the Best Performing URLs

The behavior segment (which can be enabled from the main menu) is particularly useful when understanding page performance. It shows which URLs get the most pageviews and keep user attention for the longest.

The page view report in Google Analytics allows you to see how well your URLs have performed across your website. Also, it shows what content is popular with users based on how many pageviews each URL gets. This report makes it easy to see which pages are driving traffic, conversions, and engagement so that you can make more informed decisions in the future.

Find the Best Performing URLs

Related: 25 Examples of Google Analytics Segments That Enable Deeper Analysis

Look at Bounce Rate By Entire Site/Blog Post

Go to the Audience Overview page.

Click on the Bounce Rate, located alongside other metrics.  You’ll see the bounce rate of the entire site.

Look at Bounce Rate By Entire Site/Blog Post

If you want to see the bounce rate of specific pages, go to Behavior » All Pages.

You’ll see the Bounce Rate column broken to every page individually.

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Additionally, you can choose the bounce rate for a specific time period.

Just change the date range:

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PRO TIP: Don’t have time to navigate through Google Analytics to identify what your bounce rate for each blog post is? Watch our Data Snack video below to learn how to properly track Bounce Rate by Blog Post in Databox and see which posts are most relevant and engaging to your audience.

Monitor Your Most Important Google Analytics Metrics in Databox

Google Analytics is an indispensable tool for creating and maintaining reports that give you the all-important traffic insight, yet sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming, especially when you’re working on bigger campaigns. You can do more with Google Analytics data, but you have to be willing to go beyond the standard reports, graphs, and charts it provides.

By integrating Google Analytics and Databox you can get much more information on your table. Sign up today for free to bring your content marketing analysis to the next level.

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About the author
Djordje Cvijovic
Djordje Cvijovic Grew up as a Copywriter. Evolved into the Content creator. Somewhere in between, I fell in love with numbers that can portray the world as well as words or pictures. A naive thinker who believes that the creative economy is the most powerful force in the world!
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