Using Free Google Data Studio Templates
How to get all of the best Google Data Studio templates and reports for free.
Whether you need a slick new Adwords template or a killer analytics page, Google Data Studio is a great option.
It’s part of the Google Suite, has an easy learning curve, native adwords/analytics connectors and let’s you easily add your own branding and design style… oh and did I mention it’s free?
If you’re feeling adventurous you can also design your GDS reports yourself, or hire a freelancer to design them for you. Like any other freelance work, you get what you pay for. So, I do not suggest farming the work out to a cheap overseas agency.
There are three main places to go for free Google Data Studio templates:
- The Data Studio Report Gallery: the best all-in-one collection. Curated by the GDS team. Lots of visual styles and lots of examples using different data sources.
- The Helpfulllee GDS Resource report: Lee Hurst put together this awesome report with tons of resources (it’s a GDS report about GDS reports… report-inception)
- Old fashion detective work: do a google search using this phrase: site:datastudio.google.com/u/0/reporting
— You can find some lesser known reports starting around page 8. You’ll have to comb through a decent number of reports with no access, but eventually you’ll find ones that are public. I’ve found some great templates this way.
You are also welcome to try out a few of my own templates here.
When you’ve found a template you like, look in the upper right hand corner for the duplicate icon.
Then select the appropriate data source. It should be listed in the name.
If you don’t have your data source connected yet, click the “CREATE NEW DATA SOUCE” button (in blue above).
Once you select your new data source a new report will be generated titled “Copy of [original report name]”
If any of the charts show an error or “no data” message, you can select them. Then on the right of the screen you can drag a new metric, dimension or range from the “Available Fields” just over the appropriate row beneath the Data Source field on the right.
In no time you’ll have your own working copy of the report.
Don’t forget to swap out the name and logo!
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