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Site overlay available in Google Analytics

I did not spot this feature in Google Analytics before but you can check which areas of your site or blog are being clicked by readers by using the service’s Site Overlay feature. I never dug deeper into the statistics of Google Analytics before and most of the time I just view the executive summary (click here to view screenshot).

I don’t know when Google Analytics started offering this feature since its announcement does not have a date of publication but the screenshot linked above, which I took on March 19, already displays a link to Site Overlay.

Google Analytics Site OverlayAs I was viewing my stats the other day while adding a new site profile, I got curious on what Site Overlay was and clicked on it. The feature, it turned out, tracks which parts of your site your readers are clicking on (click on photo to view larger image).

I had been solely using Crazy Egg to monitor my blog’s interface elements and the data it gathered were the bases for my decision to use this theme and take out the clutter from my blog design. Knowing where your readers click is very helpful in making design decisions. It tells you which elements or menu items aren’t working.


I want my Crazy Egg

Updated: I just got an invitation to the service through this blog post (check the comments).
When Crazy Egg starts accepting signups for its free service there will be a stampede. Pete Cashmore of Mashable is gushing: “Wow! Just wow. Crazy Egg will absolutely blow you away.”

Crazy Egg is a website tracking script that will tell you where your users click on your site. It will then generate a heatmap overlay on your site to show you where your users are clicking.

Cashmore says in the comments of his post that you just use “a tiny bit of script” for the service. Updated: you just put in a two-line javascript to start tracking.
I’ve signed up for the waiting list and there’s this nagging thought to keep on signing up and pester the service into giving me an account. Here’s a screenshot I took from the Crazy Egg site: