Using Google Analytics, how can we see how many new visitors from last week came back this week?

  • You're in the right place. :) – John Conde Jun 17 '13 at 0:09
  • Thanks, @JohnConde. Do you know the answer? :) – Crashalot Jun 17 '13 at 0:17
  • If I did I would be more than happy to provide it to you. But I don't, so I can't. – John Conde Jun 17 '13 at 0:21
  • Just a heads up you're not allowed to add any identifiable information about your visitors into GA. So just be cautious and rather than asking people here about those terms contact Google. You use their servers, it's their terms. – Anagio Oct 15 '13 at 5:36

Disclaimer: This is just top of the hat and I have not really tested this, yet.

The Approximate Approach

If you are OK with total returning visitors this week as compared to the new visitors last week, then it is fairly simple.

  1. Select the time range (as a week) and also compare this to the previous period
  2. In the Behavior section, check the new v/s returning visitors section
  3. You should be able to see new visitors in last week as well as returning visitors in the current week

This might not be the exact solution which you are seeking for (since the returning visitors in the current period are not necessarily attributed only to the new visitors of last week, thats a subset of ALL the new visitors who have returned).

The Programming Approach

An alternative method is to add a Custom Variable for all the new visitors coming to the site, for this you will have to do a bit of cookie parsing. You need to parse the __utma cookie of GA and here's where you will find the structure of the cookies (you need to take the inital visit timestamp, compare it to today's date and if it matches, then this is a new visitor, set a custom variable for this visitor, let's say Week and assign it the value of the week number in the year (1 to 54).

Now that you have tagged New Visitors with the week number, all you have to do is -

  1. Create an Advanced Segment with your desired previous week, so that GA will only display the visitors who have been tagged with that week number
  2. Select your time range which matches your current week
  3. Check the Returning Visits

Again, this can only work once you have done the programming bit and not for the data that already exists in your GA.

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