Bookmarklet Fun: Check Google Analytics for Today [update]

By Lowell Heddings on December 5th, 2007

Update! Our friend Ryan from CyberNet pointed out a bug in the version I posted yesterday, so you’ll want to update your bookmarklet with the fixed version provided below. Sorry for the trouble!

Like anybody that has a website, I love Google Analytics… but it drives me crazy that the default view is for the last 30 days when I really just want to see what has happened today. The only way to check for today is to manually change the date in the report, so I hooked up a bookmarklet to do that for me.

With a small modification, you can use the same bookmarklet for your own use. All you’ll have to do is replace the ID in the bookmarklet with the ID for your Analytics account. (Note that you could use this to your advantage to make separate bookmarklets for multiple accounts)

First, drag the following bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar:

Analytics Today Bookmarklet

Now you’ll need to figure out what your Analytics account ID is by logging into analytics and going to the dashboard for your account. Find the long number after “?id=” and save it somewhere.

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Now open up the properties of the bookmarklet (This example uses Firefox, but IE works similarly)

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Find the “YOURIDHERE” part of the text in the location bar, and then replace that with the number you saved from Analytics.

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For those interested, here’s the bookmarklet in all it’s hacked together glory:

javascript:var d=new Date();var pad=”;var padm=”;
if(d.getDate()<10){pad='0';};if(d.getMonth()<10){padm='0';};var t=''+d.getFullYear()+padm+(d.getMonth()+1)+pad+d.getDate();
location.href=’https://www.google.com/analytics/reporting/dashboard?id=YOURIDHERE
&pdr=’+t+’-‘+t+’&cmp=average’

If anybody can think of a better way to accomplish this, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/5/07
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