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Google Analytics 4: The Technical Stuff

Google Analytics 4: The Technical Stuff

Welcome, GA4 user, to this in-depth technical exploration of Google Analytics 4 (GA4). In this blog post, we will provide step-by-step instructions for leveraging GA4's advanced setup techniques, navigating the revamped user interface, implementing attribution modeling, and creating custom dashboards.

We'll illustrate each topic with precise examples and scenarios to empower you with the knowledge to harness GA4's full potential across diverse industries and website types.

Want to start at the beginning? Here's an Intro to GA4 (read that first if you're a newb).

Advanced Setup Techniques with GA4

There are a few new dimensions you can setup to track things in GA4. 

Event Tracking

To set up event tracking, navigate to the "Events" section in GA4's Admin interface. Create a new event parameter, such as "Video Play," and define the relevant parameters, like "Category," "Action," and "Label." Implement the event code snippet on your website to track video plays.

Data Layer Variables

Utilize data layer variables to pass custom data to GA4. For instance, you can set up a data layer variable named "UserID" and use it to send user-specific information to GA4, enhancing personalized tracking.

Navigating the Revamped User Interface

The new GA4 user interface boasts several feature-rich components: a. Overview: Provides an at-a-glance summary of key metrics like active users, sessions, and conversion rates. b. Analysis Hub: Unlocks deeper insights using exploration tools like "Funnel Analysis" and "Path Analysis."


Offers comprehensive reports on audience, acquisition, behavior, and conversion metrics.

Real-time Monitoring

Enables monitoring of user activity as it happens, providing real-time data updates.

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Implementing Attribution Modeling and Customer Journey Mapping in GA4

One of the sweetest additions to this analytics platform is the ability to map the customer journey.

Attribution Modeling

In GA4, go to "Attribution" under the "Conversions" section. Create custom attribution models that align with your marketing objectives, such as "Position-Based" to give more weight to the first and last touchpoints.


Customer Journey Mapping

Utilize "Path Analysis" in the Analysis Hub to map customer journeys. Choose specific events like "Product View," "Add to Cart," and "Purchase" to visualize the most common paths users take on your website.

Industry Examples of GA4 Use

Alright, let's look at GA4 in action in a couple of scenarios.


Analyze customer journeys from "Product View" to "Purchase" to optimize conversion funnels.


Track user interactions from "Sign-up" to "Subscription" to enhance user onboarding. iii. Content Publishing: Map journeys from "Article View" to "Engagement" to refine content strategy.

Creating Custom Dashboards in GA4

New data capabilities means new dashboard possibilities. Hubba Hubba.

Here's what to do.

Navigate to the "Dashboards" section and click "Create."

Select a blank canvas or use pre-built templates.

Add widgets by choosing metrics, dimensions, and visualizations.

Customize the dashboard with titles, colors, and layout preferences.

Examples of Custom Dashboards

Again, some illustrations.

E-commerce GA4 Dashboard

A dashboard displaying revenue, conversion rates, and top-performing products.

Marketing GA4 Dashboard

A dashboard presenting campaign performance, traffic sources, and goal completions.

SEO GA4 Dashboard

A dashboard featuring organic search traffic, keyword performance, and user engagement.

Making the Most of GA4

By implementing advanced setup techniques, exploring the revamped user interface, and utilizing attribution modeling, you can unlock profound insights across diverse industries and website types.

Additionally, with your expertise in creating custom dashboards, you can effortlessly visualize data and optimize marketing strategies. Embrace the power of GA4, and propel your data-driven decision-making to new heights. Happy analyzing!

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