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Copy Profiles in Google Analytics

August 6, 2009

copy_profile.gifI’ve written a Greasemonkey script that allows you to copy and paste profile settings from one profile to another. This includes main website profile information, goals, filters, and users. Hopefully this will save you some time in situations where you need to create multiple profiles that share a lot of the same attributes.

The best way to understand exactly what this script does is to download it and try it out:

  1. Get Firefox
  2. Get Greasemonkey
  3. Get the Copy Profiles script

The profiles have to be in the same account, but hopefully that won’t be too limiting to anyone. I actually spent a significant amount of time getting this to work across accounts, but decided that wouldn’t be the best for several reasons:

  • The main profile settings are rarely the same for profiles across accounts.
  • The goals are rarely the same for profiles across account. If you want to copy goals across accounts, I would recommend getting Lunametrics’ Goal Copy add-on.
  • Some filters may be the same across accounts, but there’s a danger of accidentally copying filters that reveal too much about a particular account if you simply copy all filters from one profile to the other.
  • Ditto for users.

If you think I’m wrong and you’d really like to be able to copy profiles across accounts, let me know why and I’ll see what I can do. Or if you’re into writing Greasemonkey scripts, you could always write the script yourself. I’d be very interested to see it when you get done.

I purposefully wrote this script so that it wouldn’t break in the way that these types of scripts would normally break. It’s possible it could break in other ways, so let me know if you see any issues.

You should have no problems using this alongside the GARE. It will most likely be included at some point depending on the response I get.

I have one additional script idea that I may release today, tomorrow, later, or not at all. It might be easier to guess this one.

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