Are you having a hard time finding your Custom Dimension reports in Google Analytics?
If you have a Universal Analytics (UA) property, you’ll need to create a custom report.
If you have a Google Analytics 4 (GA4) property, you can add or view available custom parameters when viewing reports.
View Custom Dimensions in GA4
Before you can view Custom Dimensions data in your GA4 reports, you’ll need to set up custom dimensions in MonsterInsights first and wait for 48 hours before you can see data.
You will see a value of “not set” for a custom dimension during the first 48 hours.
Once you’ve waited for enough time, go to analytics.google.com and make sure the correct GA4 property is active
Next, open a report that you’d like to view more granular data on.
For example, you can go to Reports » Life cycle » Engagement » Events.
Within the report, add a new column by clicking the plus icon “+“. This will add a parameter next to the Event name.
In the dropdown list, choose Custom (Event-scoped) and you’ll see a list of custom definitions added by MonsterInsights. Locate your desired custom dimension, for example we can choose the custom dimension of Logged In.
This adds a new column were you can drilldown on the behavior of your site visitors. As an example, you can see which users were logged in (true) or not logged in (false) while viewing your website.
Alternatively, you can click into an Event name, such as page_view to view a detailed report about the event.
Within the report, you’ll find separate cards of each custom dimension if there is available data to show. In our example, we can see a card for the custom parameter Logged In located at the bottom of the page_view report.
Create a Custom Dimension Report (UA Only)
After you set up Custom Dimensions in MonsterInsights and in your UA property settings, you can find your data for the past month in your MonsterInsights reports in your WordPress dashboard.
However, finding data for previous periods in Google Analytics is a little trickier. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find your Custom Dimension reports in Google Analytics.
How to Create a Custom Dimension Report
First you’ll need to log in to your Google Analytics account, and select the website you’d like to find your Custom Dimension reports in.
Then while at Customization » Custom Reports click on the + New Custom Report button.
Now you’ll need to tell Google Analytics what to include in your report.
In this guide, we’ll create a report to show us the number of pageviews by author. We named our report “Pageviews by Author.”
Under Metric Groups, click the + add metric button. Type “pageviews” in the search field. Then click on the Pageviews metric under the Users heading.
After that, you can click the + add dimension button and then click Custom Dimensions to specify the Custom Dimension you want to report.
When you’re done, click the Save button at the bottom.
That’s it! Now you’ll be redirected to your new report. You can access it at any time by navigating to Customization » Custom Reports. In our example, we can see the newly created custom report titled Pageviews by Author.