Comparing Multiple Google Analytics Sources Recipe for Data Studio

January 22, 2018
By Bounteous


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


Copy button in Data Studio.


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


Drop-downs for new data sources.

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

Data example, page 1.

Data example, page 2.


Adding More Comparison Sheets

1. Enter Edit mode:

Edit button in Data Studio.

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

Report page kabob menu.

Duplicate report page option.

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

Change data source location.

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

List of possible data sources.

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