Sending data from Google Analytics to BigQuery without 360

With the help of a third-party solution/connector, it is possible to send data from Google Analytics to BigQuery without 360.

Follow the steps below to send Google Analytics data to BigQuery without using Google Analytics 360:

Step-1: While logged into your Google account, navigate to your Google Cloud Platform account at https://console.cloud.google.com/

Step-2: Select your country, read and accept the ‘Terms of Service‘ (by selecting the checkbox) and then click on the ‘AGREE AND CONTINUE‘ button:

google cloud platform Terms of Service

Note: Here I am assuming that you are using the Google Cloud Platform for the first time.

You should now see a screen like the one below:

get started with google cloud platform 1
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Step-3: Type ‘bigquery’ in the search box:

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Type bigquery in the search box 1

Step-4: Click on the first search result:

click on bigquery

You should now see a screen like the one below:

SQL workspace bigquery 1

Step-5: Click on the ‘CREATE PROJECT’ button:

create project bigquery

Step-6: Name your project (say ‘Google Analytics’):

project name bigquery

Step-7: Click on the ‘EDIT’ button to change the project ID:

edit project id bigquery

You should now see a screen like the one below:

edit project id bigquery 2

Step-8: Change the project ID to something which is easier to recognize:

Change the project ID bigquery

Note: Finding a meaningful project ID is not going to be easy as many IDs have already been taken. Once you change the ID, you cannot change it later.

Step-9: Click on the ‘Create’ button.

You should now see a screen like the one below:

BigQuery

You now have access to the BigQuery sandbox.

Step-10: Click on the ‘Upgrade’ button at the top right-hand side:

upgrade bigquery sandbox 1

Step-11: Click on the ‘CREATE BILLING ACCOUNT’ button:

enable billing for bigquery project

Step-12: Select your billing country from the ‘Country’ drop-down menu and then read and accept the terms of service by clicking on the checkbox:

Select your billing country bigquery

Step-13: Click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Step-14: Set your account type, enter tax information,  name, address and credit card details and then click on the ‘START MY FREE TRIAL’ button:

Set your account type 1
start my free trial bigquery 1

Step-15: Navigate to https://console.cloud.google.com/bigquery and make sure that ‘Google Analytics’ project is selected.

make sure that the Google Analytics account is selected

Step-16: Click on your project ID (this ID could be different in your case):

Click on your project ID 2

Step-17: On the right-hand side of your screen, find and click on the button ‘Create Dataset’:

Create Dataset bigquery

Step-18: Name your dataset (say GA_data_set) and then click on the ‘Create dataset’ button at the bottom:

Name your dataset bigquery

We are going to use this new data set for storing data from Google Analytics.

You would now need to use a third-party solution for sending Google Analytics data to BigQuery. This is going to cost you based on your account usage.

Regardless of how much it costs you, it would most likely still be cheaper than paying $150k per year to Google for using the GA360 (which comes with the free connection to BigQuery).

You can either search for such third-party solutions online or use the one that I use which is ‘Supermetrics for BigQuery‘. They provide a free 14 days trial of their solution. No credit card required.

Step-19: Navigate to ‘Supermetrics for BigQuery‘ page.

Step-20: Click on the ‘Start a free trial’ button:

Start a free trial bigquery connector

Step-21: Fill out the form and then click on the ‘Send’ button:

Fill out the form 1

You should now be redirected to the page like the one below in your Google Cloud platform account:

You should now be redirected to the page

Step-22: Click on the ‘Select a project’ drop-down menu:

Select a project bigquery

Step-23: Click on ‘Google Analytics’ project:

Click on Google Analytics project

Step-24: Type ‘supermetrics google analytics’ in the search box:

supermetrics google analytics

Step-25: Press the enter key and then click on ‘Google Analytics by Supermetrics’:

Google Analytics by Supermetrics

Step-26: Click on the ‘Enroll’ button:

Google Analytics to BigQuery without 360

You should now see the ‘Data Source enrolled‘ status:

Data Source enrolled 1

Note: If you are using the BigQuery Sandbox then you will not able to enroll as this Supermetrics connector requires active billing. So when you click on the ‘Enroll’ button, you should see a message box like the one below:

billing required bigquery

Step-27: Click on the ‘CONFIGURE TRANSFER’ button:

CONFIGURE TRANSFER Google Analytics by Supermetrics

You should now see a screen like the one below which is about creating a data transfer:

creating a data transfer

Step-28: Keep the data source (‘Google Analytics by Supermetrics’) intact and move on to the next step:

Google Analytics by Supermetrics data source

Step-29: Type a meaningful name for the ‘Transfer config name’ field:

Transfer config name transfer ga data to bigquery

Step-30: Keep the scheduling options (which specify when the transfer will run) to ‘Start now’ (unless you want to change it) and move on to the next step:

Keep the scheduling options start now

Step-31: Keep the ‘Repeats’ setting to ‘Daily’ to have new data added once a day and move on to the next step:

Keep the Repeats setting to Daily

Note: The ‘Start date and run time’ setting is locked for editing when ‘Start now’ setting is selected.

Step-32: Select the data set you created earlier from the drop-down menu:

Select the data set you created earlier
destination settings

We are going to use this data set for storing Google Analytics data in BigQuery.

Step-33: Click on the ‘CONNECT SOURCE’ button:

CONNECT SOURCE 1

Step-34: Click on the ‘Accept Agreement’ button:

enable a third party data connection in bigquery

Step-35: Click on ‘Sign in with Google’ button:

Sign in with Google button

Step-36: Click on the name of the Google account which is associated with both your Google Analytics account and BigQuery project:

choose an account 1

Step-37: Click on the button ‘Authorize with Google Analytics’:

Authorize with Google Analytics

Step-38: Click on the name of the Google account which is associated with your Google Analytics account:

choose an account to continue

Step-39: Click on the ‘Allow’ button:

allow supermetrics to see and download your google analytics data

Step-40: Click on the ‘Continue’ button:

google analytics login continue

You should now see a screen like the one below:

transfer settings for google analytics

Step-41: Select the Google Analytics view (from which you to send data to BigQuery) from the ‘Accounts’ drop-down menu:

Select the Google Analytics view

Step-42: Click on the ‘Submit’ button.

You should now see the ‘Source Connected‘ message below ‘Third party connection‘:

Third party connection

Step-43: Click on the ‘SAVE’ button to save the transfer and also start the initial data transfer:

save data transfer 1

You should now see a screen like the one below:

run history bigquery

Through the ‘Run History’ section, you can monitor the current progress of all of your data transfers.

run history bigquery 1

When the data transfer is in progress you see the message ‘The transfer run is in progress’:

The transfer run is in progress

When the data transfer is complete you see the message ‘The transfer run has completed successfully’:

The transfer run has completed successfully 2

Step-44: Click on the ‘SQL WORKSPACE’ link from the left-hand side navigation:

SQL WORKSPACE bigquery

Step-45: Navigate to the data set named ‘GA_data_set’ (which we created earlier).

This data set list all the data tables automatically created by supermetrics:

GA data set

Step-46: Click on the data tables one by one to see what data it contains.

For example, GA_CONTENT_ data table contains the GA content data:

GA CONTENT data table

The GA_EVENTS_ data table contains the GA event data:

GA EVENTS data table

At this point, you can query a particular set of data by clicking on the ‘Query Table’ button:

Query Table bigquery
run sql query google bigquery

That’s how you can send Google Analytics data to BigQuery without using Google Analytics 360.

Sending Google Analytics 4 data to BigQuery

Google Analytics 4 provides a free connection to BigQuery. So you don’t need to use a third-party solution for that.

This makes sending GA4 data to BigQuery a bit different.To send Google Analytics 4 data to Google BigQuery, check out this article: How to connect GA4 (Google Analytics 4) with BigQuery

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