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Behavior Tracking Terminology

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By Sean Needham

Siteimprove Analytics allows you to track user behavior on your website.

When viewing statistics on user behavior in Behavior Tracking the terms below are often used to describe the activity on the site.

Visit ended: The user did not take any further actions on the website. A visit includes all paths taken throughout the website. It is defined as a series of page requests from the same uniquely identified visitor with a time of no more than 30 minutes between each page request.
Visit_Ended.
Path ended: The visitor ended a path taken on the website, e.g. the user closed the tab but may still be on the website within another browser window. A path is a single sequence of links followed.
Path_ended
Internal referrers (not tracked): Visits came from an internal URL but the log of the path to the referring page is unavailable.
Internal_referrers_not_tracked

Example Scenario
A user visits page A. Here they click a link to page B opening it in a new tab. Then they click link C from page A opening Page C in the original tab.

They read the content on page B and close that tab thereby ending a path.

On page C they click a link to page D and then they type in another URL in the browser and do not return to the original site for 30 minutes, therefore, ending their visit.

The above scenario would result in the following terms being used:
A -> B (Path ended: In this case, the user closed the tab and ended a path.)
A -> C -> D (Visit ended: The user did not take any further actions on the website for 30 minutes, therefore, ending the visit.)

Also see: What do the different metrics (visits, page views, unique visitors, etc.) mean in Analytics?

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