The New GA: The Realtime Report

The new Google Analytics experience starts, as the classic one does, with the Realtime report. This report shows the visitors who are currently on your website.

As you can see from the screenshot below, showing our lab site, this report shows who is on your site right now, and the visitors who have been there in the last half hour. We can see that our lab site gets a couple of visitors at a time, usually, and that the report gives us a little data on those visitors.


We see the top pages, the top sources of traffic, top keywords if Google gives us that info which they don’t always, their locations, and whether they’re on desktop or mobile devices.

It’s a good snapshot of the people who are currently visiting you.

Who is this report useful for?

Let’s be honest. This report isn’t useful for all website owners.

This gives you a small amount of data. A lot of local businesses websites and small business websites in general have a few hundred visits a day — or a few hundred a week. Even if you have 10,000 visits a week, you’ll have just a handful of visits at a time.

The Realtime report won’t give you deep insights with numbers like that.

However, it can give you immediate information about specific events. For example, one of our sites got a traffic spike to an Olympics-related article during the Olympics. Realtime let us monitor that and respond by featuring that article while people were searching for that topic.

Realtime reports can also let you watch the traffic sent by a Twitter party, a livestream video, or other time-sensitive event. You can see whether the event is sending visitors, and if so, where they are going on your website.

If you have a high level of traffic, the report can give you actionable data.

That’s it!

The Realtime report was an easy one for us to get started on. Check back next time for the Acquisitions report — a meatier set of reports with lots of changes!






2 responses to “The New GA: The Realtime Report”

  1. Melinda N Nickle Avatar
    Melinda N Nickle


    Thanks for the information!


    1. Rebecca Haden Avatar
      Rebecca Haden

      Glad you enjoyed it, Melinda!

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