Google Analytics Advanced Segments
Advanced segments in Google Analytics are one of the most powerful tools for gaining immense insight into your visitors. Not utilizing them is a HUGE mistake for any web site owner. For this reason I’ve spent the time creating, collecting and consolidating them to aid you in your Google Analytics mastery. If you have any I missed, please share them. I want to make this the best and most thorough source for Google Analytics advanced segments online. In order to use these advanced segments in your Google Analytics accounts, simply click on the links of the ones you would like below to add them to your accounts for your own use. Note that if you would like to add many or all of these advanced segments, you can save time using the batch installation method explained at the bottom of this post.
NOTE: This post was originally published December 26, 2012 with 34 advanced segments templates for Google Analytics. Since then a lot of things have changed. A lot of the original advanced segment templates became default Google Analytics segments. The ways some segments were setup became outdated and improvements in Google Analytics made others unnecessary. This post and the included advanced segment templates have been updated to reflect all these changes making them ready for 2017. I hope you find them useful!
Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) Segments
If you’re taking advantage of Google’s AMP technology hopefully you’re doing it right and have installed Google Analytics to track activity on your AMP-enabled pages. If you are and you’re doing so in a standard way (adding “/amp/” to the end of your standard URLs to make them AMP-enabled) then these segments will allow you to compare AMP-enabled website activity to regular website activity.
Organic Traffic Segments
I used to provide different keyword length segments (1 word, 2 word, 3 word and longtails), but since (not provided) is now so prevalent there’s no need to break it up in this fashion. Just one segment that includes all organic keywords that aren’t (not provided) is adequate since there is so little to work with nowadays. Note that I have excluded keywords with “://” and common TLDs (.com, .org, .net, .edu and .gov) in them to avoid URLs from making their way onto this segment, since they are not keywords. So you’ll have to adjust the filter if your domain has an uncommon TLD. Sorry there are just too many to cover these days.
Conversions by Visit Count
Josh Braaten recommends this segment because he finds it very useful for lead generation. It shows you how the number of visits impact your conversions and allows you to see different behavioral patterns leading to conversion.
Desktop / Tablet / Mobile Traffic Segments
Google Analytics comes with Mobile Traffic and Tablet Traffic segments built-in as defaults. For some odd reason they do not, by default provide Desktop Traffic segments. You can easily build these missing segments using the default Mobile & Tablet segments, which I have done for you below.
Branded & Non-Branded Keywords Segments
I have these setup, so they include “[your-brand-here]” in the filters. So you’ll need to replace this with your brand name. If your brand is multiple words, it usually make sense to setup multiple filters. This should encompass your core brand as well as brands related to your core brand. This can include projects, products, people, events, nicknames, etc. Essentially anything people may type in to find your web site specifically due to an association with your web site. Take a quick look through your Google Alerts keywords, as some of the keywords you’re tracking there may be relevant. Just scanning through your non-brand keywords will help you identify any of these you may have missed. I have them setup to exclude “://” and “.com” as well as “(not provided)” and “(not set)”, so your segments aren’t cluttered with non-keywords.
Social Media Traffic Segment
I’ve tried my best to capture as many major social media channels and common social URL shorteners as possible. Feel free to suggest more so we can make this more comprehensive. Currently the list includes: facebook, quora, twitter, linkedin, google plus, youtube, hacker news, reddit, imgur, tapiture, disqus, 9gag, tumblr, stumbleupon, delicious, technorati, digg, myspace, bit.ly, tinyurl, ow.ly, t.co, & tweetdeck.
Email Campaigns Segment
Email campaigns is another segment that should be included by default, but isn’t. If you have a mailing list this one should be important to you. Since your subscribers are usually your most valuable visitors, it’s important to see how they interact with your website.
Blog Traffic Segment
Your blog traffic is another segment that should be included by default, but isn’t. The one below assumes your blog is located at the following path: domain.com/blog/
Business Hours vs. Off Hours
Michael Freeman of ShoreTel created this custom segment to see what impact business hours 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (ET) have on your web traffic.
User Behavior Segments
If you have enabled demographics in Google Analytics you can segment some of your visitors by generation. While these aren’t perfect representations of each generation as Google Analytics is limited to general age ranges it is still quite interesting to segment your users in this fashion.
Goals & Events Segments
You should absolutely be tracking custom goals and events for all forms of conversion on your web site (desired actions you want your users to take on your site). Make sure you setup advanced segments for all of your custom goals and events as well, if you haven’t already.
Batch Install All Advanced Segments
Return The Favor
On a final note, think about how much time you just saved by having all these advanced segments ready to go for your use. Just imagine how much time that would have taken you to set all of those up from scratch!
Now please return the favor and put forth a small percentage of the time & effort you just saved, by sharing this link with your friends & colleagues via Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and wherever else you share this kind of content!
If you want to go the extra mile, please suggest a useful advanced segment that we should add to our collection here.