Google Analytics has forced an upgrade to GA4.
This has impacted some features of Bold.
Listed below are the features impacted and steps Quintype is taking to migrate to GA4 Analytics for powering its Analytics features in Bold.
Impacted Features on Quintype Bold platform:
- Analytics dashboard in Bold
- Automated collections using the 4, 12, 24 hrs trending logic
- Trending page views in the collection edit screen
- Trending tags and authors APIs
Stage 1: Move your property to GA4
- Start collecting data on your GA4 account by turning on GA 4 for your property on the Google Analytics dashboard.
- These are the steps from Google to do so.
- Enabling this will not affect your data collection into GA3 until July 1, 2023. However, as the deadline approaches, this data collection in GA3 is expected to stop.
Stage 2: Share credentials with Bold for data ingestion
- Please follow the steps in this document
Stage 3: Start seeing Bold analytics data with GA4 as the source
- The switch to GA4 will be done from 29 June 2023 onwards
- This is turned on for a few publishers already and the transition will be done gradually today and tomorrow.
Note: Publishers having trending collections with sorting orders of 4-hours and 12-hours trending will automatically be migrated to the sorting order of the latest-published.
Some important differences in Bold between GA3 and GA4 sources of Analytics data:
|Bold with GA3||Bold with GA4|
|Google Analytics API used||GA3 Universal Analytics real-time API
||GA4 Reporting API
Availability of page-path dimension.
PS: Bold uses page-path dimension to map a page view with the actual story
|Available in real-time API.
Not available in GA4 real-time API therefore we will be using reporting API.
Reference: GA4 realtime-dimensions.
|Accuracy of data
||Bold used the GA3 real-time API which provided sampled data. Usable but not 100% accurate.
|Real-timeliness of the data||Near-real-time.
Data availability in Bold would be between 0-10 mins stale.
|4-8 hours stale.|
|Usability of Trending Collections
||Real-time ness was good for applying 4, 12, 24 hours trending logic in Collection APIs.||Will not be useful for 4 hours of trending API.
Somewhat usable for 12, 24-hour trending API.
|AMP page view data||Included by default||
Google has not included this by default.
While we acknowledge that Google has discontinued giving the page path and AMP page views in their GA4 implementation, we will be looking at paid alternate ways to get this information on a real-time basis for publishers with a greater need for near real-time decision-making and user experience.
Please refer to the real-time dimensions to set up Google Analytics 4 credentials in Bold.