Yesterday the Google Analytics team announced an important improvement to their In-Page Analytics report: enhanced link attribution.
The In-Page Analytics reports provide, in a page basis, the percentage of clicks from page to page in a website. The reports are a great way to analyze patterns of behavior, and can provide important insights to web designers and UX professionals. For example, they can be used to understand if specific links on a page are used or not and by which segments of visitors. A great case would be to check how often mobile users click on specific links as opposed to non-mobile users. As we can see below, by using Advanced segments we would see for each link the percentage of mobile vs. non-mobile clicks (learn more about advanced segments and how to create them).
According to the launch post:
Before now, In-Page Analytics was limited to showing clickthrough information by URL and not by the actual link on the page, and was limited to showing information only on links, and not on other elements like buttons. The most common complaint about In-Page Analytics is that if a page has two or more links to the same destination page, we show the same statistics for both links, since there was no telling which link the user actually clicked.
Therefore, Google has worked to improve this feature in a way that three important aspects are now possible:
- See separate information for multiple links on a page that all have the same destination.
- See when one page element has multiple destinations (e.g. searches performed on a page).
It is important to note that this feature requires additional code, which can be found in this help center article.