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I sent out links (read-only) to a number of people and am curious if there is a way to see whether people are actually going out and viewing that document.

I understand it likely won't have names for everyone/anyone that looks at it, but I'd be interested at least in knowing how many "hits" it got to make sure that at least some of those I sent it too actually looked at it.

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This page describes a method to do so.

Track Visitors To Google Docs; Know When People Open & Read Your Documents

It suggests to add a blank image to the document which can then be counted using statcounter.com

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It looks like editing the HTML of a document is no longer supported, and there does not appear to be a menu option for inserting a gadget in a document either. Gadgets are however supported in spreadsheets. –  gavaletz Sep 20 '12 at 14:19
    
I posted an updated answer basing on Paul's to workaround the "no HTML editing is there any more": webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/12798/… (moderators here suggested me to post as a new answer rather than to edit Paul's) –  yurkennis Oct 3 '13 at 16:19
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Looks like this doesn't work at all any more. Now Google Docs Presentation seems to retrieve image-by-URL once upon inserting, and therefore no pixel-based web site tracking tools work at all. –  yurkennis Oct 8 '13 at 11:38

Update 2013-Oct-4: Looks like this doesn't work anymore. Now Google Docs Presentation seems to retrieve image-by-URL once upon inserting, and therefore no web site tracking tools work anymore.

Update 2014-Jan-11: SEEMS to be working for Sheets but not Docs


Any web site analytics tool can help. For example, www.statcounter.com (it's free):

  1. Go to statcounter.com and register for a free account.
  2. Under “Install Code”, choose the following options:

    Invisible Counter -> Google Pages -> HTML only counter.

    Statcounter will now generate some HTML code enclosed in a <div> tag. Strip everything except the URL in the IMG tag, it looks like this:

    http://c46.statcounter.com/3732481/0/e1fdff4b/1/

  3. Open the Google Docs document that you want to track.

  4. In Google Docs menu, choose: Insert > Image > By URL > Paste an image URL here:. Insert the above URL.

Currently it works at least for Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations.


This answer is based on Paul Rowland's answer and the blog post he linked to.

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Is there anyway we can insert images in Google Fusion Tables? –  Pacerier Mar 19 at 14:46

I was looking for a similar answer and came across this thread. Through some further checking I've discovered a url shortener site called http://bit.do that actually allows you to follow stats on your url including ip address. I haven't tried it out yet but looks like it should work. Cheers.

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The same could be said about pretty much any URL shortener. And then once the real link is known people won't need the URL shortener at all. –  Al E. Jan 16 at 3:51

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