Go to Google Analytics and click “Sign in to Analytics” in the upper right-hand corner of the page. After signing in, you’ll be sent to the Home tab. Click “Real-Time”, then “Overview”. You’ve found Google Analytics Real-Time data for your website. The large counter labeled “Right now” will constantly update to display how many visitors are on your site at that exact moment.
Along with your active user count, the Overview page also tells you which pages your users are viewing, as well as their geographic location.
Be sure to check out the additional Real-Time sections in the left-hand navigation to learn more about your active users’ behavior.
Say you just posted on social media about a new blog article, or launched a promotion that directs people to a certain area of your site. Real-Time is a great way to see who’s coming to read your article and if the social media promotion is working.
It’s even a great way to check to see if Google Analytics is installed on a new site correctly. After installing the tracking code, visit your website, then visit Real-Time to see if it’s registering your visit.
If you have an event, or someone from your company is making a media appearance, Real-Time is a good way to monitor if the event or appearance is driving people to your website and what kind of things they’re looking at.
If you want to take it a step further, you can find out even more about what people do on your website using other tools like Crazy Egg- uses heat mapping and scroll mapping to show you the exact spot on the webpage where people actually click, how far down the page they scroll and how much time they spend on each area of your webpage. Mouseflow- records how people move their mouses across your webpage and can show you a video of their behavior. This can be useful for watching how people use interactive parts of your site like forms.