Comparing Multiple Google Analytics Sources Recipe for Data Studio

January 22, 2018


The template consists of four pages: one that compares session and bounce rate metrics for all three linked views and three that compare each combination of GA data sources.

There’s room for three possible data sources as placeholders: 

  1. Production property, Main view
  2. Production property, Test view
  3. Test property, Main view

You may not need all of those data source combinations – for example, if your Production property test view configuration is identical to your production property main view configuration, you may not need that page of the report –  but the combinations are there if you need them.


1. Make a Copy

screenshot of how to make a copy

2. Link the New Data Sources to Your Own GA Views

screenshot of how to link the new data sources

And that’s it! The report should populate with data from your linked sources:

screen shot of page one of report

screenshot of page two of report

Adding More Comparison Sheets

1. Enter Edit mode:

screenshot of how to enter edit mode

2. Make a copy of one of the comparison pages:


screenshot of making a copy of one of the comparison pages

screenshot of duplicate copy

You can then click on each scorecard, table, or chart and change the data source to the view you want to pull data from:

screenshot of changing the data source

Select the new data source from your list of added sources or create a new one:

screenshot of new data source

And don’t forget to change the title of the page and the color scheme of your new pages to ensure that the data contained in them is understandable to anyone who may look at your report.


Data Sources Used (2)

Google Analytics - Main View

Google Analytics - Test View