JtGA: Part 2 - Google Analytics Dashboards

Blog Post created by awilliams Administrator on Apr 8, 2017

From Google Analytics Terms of Service

7. Privacy.
You will not and will not assist or permit any third party to, pass information to Google that Google could use or recognize as personally identifiable information. You will have and abide by an appropriate Privacy Policy and will comply with all applicable laws, policies, and regulations relating to the collection of information from Visitors. You must post a Privacy Policy and that Privacy Policy must provide notice of Your use of cookies that are used to collect data. You must disclose the use of Google Analytics, and how it collects and processes data. This can be done by displaying a prominent link to the site “How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps”, (located at, or any other URL Google may provide from time to time). You will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that a Visitor is provided with clear and comprehensive information about, and consents to, the storing and accessing of cookies or other information on the Visitor’s device where such activity occurs in connection with the Service and where providing such information and obtaining such consent is required by law.

You must not circumvent any privacy features (e.g., an opt-out) that are part of the Service.

Thanks to James Jones and Chris Ward who were more familiar with Google Analytics Terms of Service than I was, it has come to my attention that passing user names is a violation and you should have a privacy policy for any systems passing data to GA. Chris also passed along this very helpful article for related readings which includes some helpful suggestions. 



Part Two ... or How do I see what's going on?


Hey there! Thanks for checking out my blog. This is the second installment. For part 1, check out Journey Through Google Analytics: Part 1. If you were looking for the setup instructions check out How to Set Up Google Analytics for Canvas by Jeremy Perkins.



Blog Housekeeping

  • The name is now abbreviated to "JtGA" - It gets long in links and I wanted more space for the subtitle.
  • I've realized just how many iterations my main dashboard is going to go through. At the bottom of this post will be whatever my latest dashboard looks like, and a link to the template.


What's Next?

So after going through all the trouble of setting everything up, and painstakingly waiting the 15 minutes it takes to start seeing anything, I wanted to know what was going on right now. How many people are on Canvas? Who are they? What are they doing? I needed something that looked like this:

Click here to see my latest dashboard template


I started answering these questions by creating a dashboard and adding widgets. There's probably a perfect dashboard. I like the one above. But this could also be one of those things I never stop fiddling around with and it's actually pretty easy to do.

Create and customize Dashboards - Analytics Help 

Create your own dashboard


I didn't find the "Starter" dashboard very helpful


The real-time widgets are the most immediately satisfying.


Ok, I'll let you play now. I've got to do some homework and I've got my next blog post on Custom Reports rolling around in my head. 


Adam's Latest Dashboard

Since my dashboard keeps evolving, and I was needing to leave comments everywhere, I thought I could just use this space to keep the latest version.

Click here to install this template - Updated 4/13/2017 for Privacy & TOS