As a website owner, it’s only natural that you’d want to know more about those who visit your site.
For instance, where are they from? How are they discovering your content? What brings the most traffic? Knowing this information allows us to better understand our audience so we can create the content that will appeal to them.
Luckily, you don’t have to guess to gain answers to those questions. Instead, you just need to install a tool on your site that will gather and present this data to you. A tool like Google Analytics.
In this post, we’ve rounded up some interesting Google Analytics statistics that will show how popular this website tracking and reporting tool has become since its launch in 2005.
Now, let’s broaden our scope for a moment and take a look at some global Google Analytics statistics. This data allows us to see how widely used this tool is for tracking data, which countries rely on it the most and more. Plus, there are even some places where Google Analytics is banned! Here’s what you need to know:
Although there isn’t a ton of information available about Google Analytics and its users, we do know approximately how many websites have installed this tool for tracking and collecting data.
There are about 37.9 million websites currently using Google Analytics, and it’s expected that number will continue to climb in the years to come. That’s because it holds the top spot when it comes to the best web analytics tools.
Website owners in the U.S. see the value in having Google Analytics installed for tracking data. In the U.S. alone, there are over 4 million websites with Google Analytics. Now, that does seem like a rather low number when you consider there are an estimated 133,361,676 websites in the U.S. However, it’s important to remember there are tons of inactive sites out there.
To round out the top five countries in terms of Google Analytics users, here’s how they rank:
Given that Google Analytics is one of the most popular website analytics tools there is, it should come as no surprise that so many people rely on it. It allows website managers to track page views, how long visitors are staying on the website, traffic sources, most popular pages, and more. There’s so much data to dive into! That’s likely why this tool is used by around 55.49% of all websites.
Google Analytics certainly isn’t the only option for tracking website data. There are other competitors available. However, it’s safe to say that Google’s favoured tool rises to the top, easily beating out all of the competition.
Google has the largest market share when it comes to web analytics.
In 2021, Google Analytics had a market share of 31.55%. Google Universal Analytics had a market share of 24.04%. And Google Global Site Tag had a market share of 17.96%.
That means Google’s tools hold the top three spots when looking at the leading web analytics tools. Facebook Analytics and MonsterInsights come in fourth and fifth place, respectively. These tools are worth trying if you want to experiment with other options.
Although Google Analytics provides tremendous value to website owners, some countries aren’t too happy with its practices.
In 2016, the European Union adopted the General Data Protection Regulation, better known as GDPR. The intention behind GDPR was to protect the data and privacy of citizens within the European Union. It prompted many companies to rethink how they collected and stored customer data, plus they were required to ask for consent when gathering this data.
Because some countries felt Google Analytics violated the GDPR, Google Analytics was banned in France, Austria, and now Italy. Although, Google Analytics 4 is said to address these issues to keep up with privacy laws across various countries.
As more of these laws get passed, and changes are made over time, it’s important Google and other web analytics tools comply.
In October 2020, Google launched a new updated version of Universal Analytics, GA4, which complied with the current GDPR.
Universal Analytics stopped processing data as of 1st July 2023.
Although this piece of information isn’t about Google specifically, the company is a major player in the Analytics as a Service (AaaS) market. This market value is currently at around $19 million but is expected to increase to $59 million by 2027. This shows just how important analytics are to online creators.
Although Google Analytics is available in many countries around the globe, we first want to take a look at some statistics about its usage in the UK. Are many website owners in the UK turning to this robust tool to collect data on their website visitors? Let’s find out.
With over 1.8 million UK websites having Google Analytics, it’s clear website owners there see the value in using this popular tracking software. Plus, when you consider there are reportedly 2.7 million websites that have originated from the UK, that’s a pretty good chunk of them using Google Analytics.
And it’s for good reason. Not only does Google Analytics provide a tremendous amount of data, but it’s also free to use if you don’t want to splurge on the paid option.
There isn’t a ton of easily accessible information regarding who is using Google Analytics to collect data. However, we did discover a couple of interesting Google Analytics statistics regarding the companies that have this tool installed on their websites. Here’s what you should know:
Companies of all sizes rely on Google Analytics to collect data on their website and its visitors. However, it seems the smaller companies rely on it the most.
According to data, 74% of the companies using Google Analytics are considered “small” with just 1-10 employees. So, if it’s just you using Google Analytics to manage your business website, you aren’t alone!
At least 20% of companies using Google Analytics are considered to be “medium”, and only 6% are large (with more than 1,000 employees).
When looking at revenue, companies generating between $1 million and $10 million annually make up a majority of Google Analytics users.
The second largest group of Google Analytics users based on revenue are those generating between $0 to $1 Million annually. After all, even if your website doesn’t turn a profit, Google Analytics is still worth using!
Surprisingly, there is also evidence showing Google Analytics doesn’t come out on top. When looking at the most popular analytics software development kits (SDKs) across Android apps, Google Analytics comes in second place. Only 21.47% of apps use Google Analytics. It trails behind Firebase at 85.53% of apps.
Google Analytics can be beneficial for websites from every industry. Whether you have an online store or you’re just managing a personal blog, web analytics provides a ton of insights into your site’s visitors.
This information can then be used to cater to their interests and needs. Here are some website-related Google Analytics statistics you should know, including which industry uses this tool the most:
When looking at the type of website that most relies on Google Analytics, it’s safe to say the answer is retail. Retail websites make up around 6% of Google Analytics users.
Behind retail is the construction industry, which accounts for about 5% of Google Analytics users. Here is a list of the top industries:
Retail websites may be the ones most commonly using Google Analytics, but it’s the marketing industry that turns to this tool the most. The marketing industry claims approximately 46,877 Google Analytics customers.
Trailing behind are social media, digital marketing, branding, SEO, design, and web design.
Launched in October 2020, Google Analytics 4 was designed to deliver predictive insights and offer better integration with Google Ads. Although it’s been around for some time now, not every website currently using Google Analytics is running this updated version. Take a look at this data:
As mentioned above, around 28.1 million websites use Google Analytics. However, the number of websites using Google Analytics 4 pales in comparison. It’s reported that 13.18 million websites are running Google Analytics 4.
In the U.S., it’s estimated that 3,176,471 websites have switched over to Google Analytics 4. The UK has the second most Google Analytics 4 users with 332,828 running this version. Japan has 220,179 websites, Russia has 250,313 websites the latest version of the powerful website analytics tool.
When was the last time you did a deep dive into your Google Analytics? If it’s been a while, allow yourself to get inspired by these Google Analytics statistics.
Take some time to review data about your website and use that information to shape your content strategy moving forward. That data can even come in handy when developing your social media strategy.
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