How to track web pages with zero traffic in Google Analytics

Google Analytics does not report on web pages that have got zero pageviews in a selected time period.

However, Google Analytics does report on web pages that have got zero pageviews on certain days and 1 or more pageviews on other days in a selected time period:

zero pageviews

zero traffic in Google Analytics

Thus the concept of zero traffic is time-bound.

Almost every web page on your website got traffic at some point in its lifetime.

If you look at your GA reports with a very large time frame, you may see a pageview recorded for almost every page on your website. However, there can also be many web pages that have never seen the light of the day. The web pages for which Google Analytics has never ever recorded a single pageview.

These are the web pages that Google Analytics can’t report on, no matter what time frame you select.

Web Pages with 1 pageview in a month

If you go to the ‘All Pages‘ report (under Behavior > Site Content) of the last one month and sort the pageview column in increasing order, you can see all the web pages which have got only 1 pageview in the last one month:

1 pageview

These 1 pageview pages are your zero traffic pages.

If they have got only 1 pageview in the last one month, it means they got zero pageviews on the other 29 days of the month. Technically speaking, they are not zero traffic pages as they still got one pageview but they are pretty close to zero and good enough data to work on.

This is the easiest way to determine zero traffic pages on your website.

No website crawl, no Excel hacks, and everyone can do it pretty easily with just a few clicks.

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Finding web pages with zero pageviews in the last one month

Maybe you are not satisfied with just finding ‘1 pageview a month’ web pages. You also want to know the web pages which haven’t got a single pageview in the last one month, the ones which are truly dead.

There are a couple of methods to find zero pageviews pages. I will show you the one which is easiest to implement. Follow the steps below:

Step-1: Open Screaming Frog SEO Spider tool. It is a powerful website crawler that can also communicate with Google Analytics API. I used this tool a lot for tag auditing.

Step-2: Go to the ‘Configuration’ menu and then click on the ‘Spider’ menu item:

configuration menu

Step-3: Uncheck the following checkboxes to speed up your website crawl:

  1. Check Images
  2. Check CSS
  3. Check JavaScript
  4. Check SWF
  5. Check External links

spider configuration

If you start the website crawl without unchecking these boxes and your website has got tens of thousands of web pages, then it may take forever to complete the crawl.

Moreover, we don’t need image files, CSS files, JavaScript files, etc for our analysis.

Step-4: Again Go to the ‘Configuration’ menu and then click on API Access > Google Analytics:

api access

Step-5: Click on the ‘Connect to a new account’ button in the ‘Google Analytics Configuration’ dialog box:

connnect to new account

You will then be redirected to a new web page in your browser where you will see the following similar message:

accept button

Step-6: Click on the ‘Accept’ button. Screaming frog tool can now access your Google Analytics data via API.

Step-7: Select the Google Analytics account, Property and view whose data you want to analyse from the drop-down menus:

ga configuration2

Select the GA view which has got no filters and which contains all of your website traffic data.

Step-8: Click on the ‘Date Range’ tab and select the last one month date as shown below:

date range tab

Step-9: Click on the ‘ok’ button to close the ‘Google Analytics Configuration’ dialog box. You have now configured both your crawler and Google Analytics, and are now ready to start the website crawl.

Step-10: Enter your website URL and then click on the ‘start’  button to start the website crawl:

start the crawl

Step-11: When the crawl is finished, click on the ‘Analytics’ tab:

analytics tab

Step-12: Select ‘No GA data’ from the ‘Filter’ drop-down menu and then click on the ‘Export’ button to download the data into excel:

no ga data

Step-13: Open the downloaded CSV file (named analytics_no_ga_data.csv) in excel. This file contains the list of all those web pages which got zero traffic in the last month.

However, this file also contains those web pages which were crawled but would never be reported by Google Analytics.

These pages could be:

#1 Web pages with 301 status code

#2 URLs which are not really web pages (like

#3 URLs with a lot of weird query parameters.

#4 URLs that have got server-side issues (4xx or 5xx errors)

The fastest way to get rid of all such web pages is to filter out only those pages which have got 200 status code:

no ga data excel file

Related Article: Why Google Analytics Show Zero Sessions?

Another article you will find useful: Understanding Users in Google Analytics

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