First, know some basic rules of Google Analytics and then we will go the main topic of Difference Between The Users And Sessions And Page Views.
- Users / Visitors means unique visitors to your site.
- If someone visits your site 500 times still he/she will be counted as 1 visitor. Google considers this as a Returning Visitor.
- If a visitor deletes their browser cookies after visiting your site and again visit your site then Google will consider this as a new visitor.
- If a visitor changes browser (chrome, firefox,etc..) then, too it will be considered as a new visitor.
- If a visitor changes his/her device (laptop, Mobile,etc..) then, too it will be considered as a new visitor.
So, Now Difference Between The Users And Sessions And Pageviews.
- In Google, SESSIONS are considered as the total number of visits to your site. Including new and returning user.
- So if the person using the same device came 500 times to your website it will be considered as 500 sessions. But 1 visitor/ User.
- And if that person visited 2 pages each time he came to your site then the total PAGEVIEWS (Total number of pages Visited) will be 1000 Pageviews.
- The new session of Google starts after 30 minutes of inactivity or at midnight.
- So, If a user visits your site and he/she suddenly remember something and walk away and come after 35 minutes and again return to the page/ your site then it will be counted as 2 sessions.
- And if the user came to your site on 11:55 Pm and left at 12:05 Am then also it will be considered as 2 sessions.