Google Analytics - viewing a page

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I'm trying to explore the capabilities of Google Analytics.

I'm aware that Google Analytics do provides the Average Page View per Session, but can Google Analytics knows how long a user viewing a specified page per session? If yes, how do I know that?

Thank you.
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Adrian CozmaArt Director
Commented:
Hi, Trowa,

This is a little trickier to do as of late, but not impossible. The method to obtain the results that you need is hard to pin to only a few words, but Simo Ahava has already made a tutorial regarding the matter, I just hope I understood what you need.

https://www.simoahava.com/analytics/improve-data-collection-with-four-custom-dimensions/

Let me know how it went!
Lucas BishopMarketing Technologist
Commented:
In GA, Left Column:
Behavior > Site Content > All Pages

Here you'll see the average time on page for each page. This only tracks time on page for people who clicked into a second page from the one they viewed (ie. they didn't bounce).
avg time on page

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Hi Lucas,

Behavior > Site Content > All Pages

Thank you for the comment. Yup, I'm looking into that area as well.

The problem I'm having right now is I got some HTML panel which was opened via Javascript/jQuery, how can I track that as well?
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Lucas BishopMarketing Technologist

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some HTML panel which was opened via Javascript/jQuery

Any chance the panel is an actual, separate, html page? If so, having the GA code on that page should be enough.

If not, you will likely need to setup a GA event to fire each time that panel is open. You may also need to setup an event to track the amount of time the panel is open.

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If not, you will likely need to setup a GA event to fire each time that panel is open. You may also need to setup an event to track the amount of time the panel is open.
yup, think my colleague already placed an event tracking in that JavaScript. But it seems that GA is not able to tell how long the page is viewed/panel is opened?

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if this can be done, can you show me how to do this? Thank you
Lucas BishopMarketing Technologist

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Before I get too in depth, I notice the event labels are named after pdf files. This leads me to a related question.

Are you trying to see how long someone is viewing a pdf file for?

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Sorry for late reply as I was on some seminars earlier this week.

Are you trying to see how long someone is viewing a pdf file for?
Not really...

Let me try to explain my current issue again.

My colleague was developing a website portal for my client. Some of the site contents were populated via some Javascript and displayed on screen (like some divs, triggered by Javascript). Now the client wants to know how many of them actually clicked on that "link" and how long they view the contents.

Appreciate if you can inject some insights here, thanks again.

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Hi there,

Before I close this question, do you have any further comments? Thank you.
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Some of the site contents were populated via some Javascript and displayed on screen (like some divs, triggered by Javascript). Now the client wants to know how many of them actually clicked on that "link" and how long they view the contents.

Each of those clicks should be setup as a "click event goal", so you can see your unique visits to click ratio on these pages.

For actual "viewing time" of the div, you will likely need to setup a 'timing event' on the div, that fires every x seconds that the div is open.

In regards to the screenshot of event labels from your previous comment. I don't know what the event being tracked there is. You'd need to view this in the GA Admin under:
Administration > View > Goals

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The info is really useful!

Thank you.

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