The Site Kit dashboard makes it easy to view and access relevant metrics from across multiple Google services all in one place. Metrics are combined into sections – Traffic, Content, Speed, and Monetization – so that you can easily see how your site is performing in each of these key areas. Each section can be reached using the tabs at the top of the dashboard.
By default, metrics are calculated and displayed for the last 28 days, but you can use the calendar dropdown to change to the last 7, 14, or 90 days instead.
The URL Search at the top of the Site Kit dashboard allows users to view dashboard metrics for one specific URL. Typing in this box conducts a search of all of your site’s pages and posts and auto-suggests one based upon your input.
When a page or post is selected from the search results, the Site Kit dashboard will display metrics specific to the selected URL. To go back to the main Site Kit dashboard with data displayed for all site URLs, select Back to dashboard at the top of the screen.
The Traffic section helps you understand how many visitors are coming to your site and how they discovered your site.
The left line graph shows the number of unique visitors to your site during the time period selected from the calendar dropdown. This data comes from Analytics. The right pie chart shows the breakdown of site visits during this period based upon how visitors found your site using the following metrics:
|Channels||How people discovered your site. Here are some of the most common channels:
Referral: People who found your site from a link on another website. This means other sites are linking to your site, and it’s a good idea to check who is linking to your site in Google Search Console.
Organic Search: People who found your site from a search engine.
Organic Social: Any social media activity without a paid promotion.
Direct: People who typed your site URL directly into their browser, or who bookmarked your site.
Unassigned: Analytics doesn’t know where the traffic is coming from.
Others: If you have set custom channels in Google Analytics, results for these channels will be included in this slice. You can see the full list of channels by following the link to the detailed Google Analytics report.
|Locations||Top countries where visitors discovered your site. If there are more than five countries, they will be grouped in the “Others” slice. You can see the full list of countries by following the link to the detailed Google Analytics report.|
|Devices||Devices people were using when they visited your site: desktop, mobile, or tablet.|
When you select a slice in the right pie chart, this line graph will change to show how your site did over time for that particular type of traffic.
The search traffic section shows your site’s impressions, clicks, and unique visitors from Search and conversions. These are defined as:
|Total Impressions||How many people saw your site in Google Search results. Learn more about impressions and clicks.|
|Total Clicks||How many people clicked a link to your site in Google Search results. Learn more about impressions and clicks.|
|Unique Visitors from Search||How many people found your site on Google Search and had a session on your site. If a visitor comes to your site more than once in a single session, it counts as the same visitor, which makes this data unique. This data comes from Analytics.|
|Conversions||Any user action that’s valuable to your business; for example, a user purchasing from your store or subscribing to your newsletter are examples of common conversions.|
Clicking on Total Impressions, Total Clicks, Unique Visitors from Search, conversions or goals will display a chart that compares that metric for the defined period versus the previous period. For example, if you have chosen “last 28 days,” the previous period will be the 28 days before the last 28 days.
The Content section helps you keep track of your most popular pages and how people found them from Search.
This panel shows the top search queries that led to your site during the time period selected from the calendar dropdown based on Search Console data.
The top content panel shows your site’s most popular content during the time period selected from the calendar dropdown based on Analytics data, including pageviews, sessions, engagement rate, and session duration.
The Speed section uses data from PageSpeed Insights to show you how fast your homepage is.
The recommendations include possible next steps for improving your homepage. Additional details on report results can be viewed by clicking the View details at PageSpeed Insights link at the bottom right of the panel. The how to improve tab will provide a list of suggestions on how to improve the speed of your site.
If AdSense is connected via Site Kit, the Monetization section shows metrics for your ads during the time period selected from the calendar dropdown, including:
|Earnings||Your earnings based on ad activity|
|RPM||Earnings per thousand pageviews|
|Impressions||Number of ads shown on your site|
|Page CTR||The clickthrough rate for ads shown on your site|
In the UA dashboard only, if both Analytics and AdSense are both connected via Site Kit and AdSense and Analytics are linked, the Top Earning Pages widget will also display. If AdSense and Analytics are not linked, you will be prompted to link them for this widget to display. At this time, Top earning pages data is not yet available in Google Analytics 4.
The gathering data… notification and dashboard widget messages display when data is still being collected in the appropriate Google service (Analytics, Search Console, etc.) to be displayed in the Site Kit dashboard. If you created a new account for the relevant Google service during Site Kit setup, it may take up to 48 hours for data to be collected and begin displaying in the dashboard.
Not enough traffic yet to display stats
The Not enough traffic yet to display stats notification appears at the top of the dashboard when your site has not yet received enough traffic for stats to be generated and displayed in the dashboard (for example, if the site was only recently created). If this is the case, zeroes will also display in the Traffic and Content section widgets. Note that once your website does have enough traffic for reporting, it can take 24-48 hours for traffic to begin displaying in the Site Kit dashboard.