Tracking of Pageviews and Unique Users at Category and Tag Level

I am curious if you have advice on tracking community health metrics at the category and/or tag level.
For example, I’d love to have a clearer sense of the daily number of pageviews and user visits (both known and anonymous users, and ideally by specific group-members) on topic-threads under each category and tag.

In /admin/dashboard/reports, new topics and new post have reports that can be filtered to the category level, user profile_views can be filtered by group, and there are sitewide metrics on page views and other useful info.

I suspect some of this can be set-up somehow in Google Analytics, but that’s not obvious to me since it’s not obvious how to associate topic urls with tags and categories in google analytics. I also suspect this may be done via the /admin/plugins/explorer, but I haven’t had any success.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Do you have any advice here @hawk? It seems like a reasonable question and maybe new dashboard / reports covers this a bit?

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It does seem like a reasonable request, yes. At the moment the reports on the dashboard aren’t segment-able but if we can work out a way to do that I think it would be an excellent addition to v2. We’ve also talked about exposing approved Data Explorer queries on the dashboard.

cc @joffreyjaffeux – do you have plans to revisit the dashboard any time soon?


Yes, it will be step by step but might come to something close to this. I don‘t want it to become too complex though and it will never be a “combine any segment you want”, there’s sql (and data-explorer) for this. But will probably try to provide this on a per report basis where we think it makes sense.


This query is specifically about pageviews per category, which I don’t think can be handled with Data Explorer can they?


Yes, I would also be interested in a report about the unique users on my site.

Yes this specific report is using ApplicationRequest table, which doesn’t have any notion of category. So not possible through reports, data-explorer or raw sql.


Can we pull a report on the number of anonymous users instead of the number of pages viewed anonymously?

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Do you mean the number of people that have used the anonymous posting feature? They all get unique anonymous usernames so it will be very easy to pull a report from Data Explorer


I’m trying to find out how many people are visiting the site who have not logged in at all and do not have an account.


Would love to see this as well! Any advice on how to construct a query? Thx!

We also want this number (PVs per category, excluding crawler activity). Is there a way to get this from the Data Explorer?

I don’t believe so. We don’t granularly track page views like that. You would need to hook up your GA and use that.

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@HAWK: Do you reckon this won’t be possible then? Counting Pageviews for users (non-staff, non-crawler)

Has anyone found a solution to count page views for all posts within a specific category? Possible with GA?

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