The Best Google Analytics WordPress Plugin


In this tutorial we’re going to talk about
how to setup Google Analytics as well as Google Analytics dashboard within your installation
of WordPress. But before we jump in I just want you to know
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you’re done this tutorial. So let’s jump in. To Begin you’ll need a free Google Analytics
account. I’ll provide a link in the description to Analytics for those of you who don’t have
an account yet. Once you have that account setup you can get
started. Simply head over to plugins and then “add new”. Search for Google Analytics
and then you’ll see an option called “Google Analytics Dashboard for WP”. This one plugin,
both installs your tracking code on all pages within your website and it also provides handy
backend, as well as front-end traffic monitoring tools, such as charts and graphs. Begin by installing and activating the plugin.
You will then see a new link for “Google Analytics” in the admin sidebar. Click that
and then “general settings”. Here you’re going to want to authorize the plugin. You’re
going to be prompted for an “access code”. The easiest way to do this is to ensure in
another tab, within the same browser that you’re logged into your Google analytics account.
Now you can click “get access code”. Follow the authorization steps. Once the process
is complete you’ll be able to copy and paste the authorization code. Now, from the drop down list select the site
you want to monitor. You’ll also be able to select your desired theme color here as well.
And select if you want automatic updates on or off. Once you’re done click save. Now when you head back to your dashboard you’ll
see Google Analytics shows up. Since I changed my theme color on the previous page these
charts might look a little different than what you have in front of you now. If you don’t see Google Analytics data on
this page simply scroll down. It could be near the bottom of the page and require that
you drag and drop it up higher. If you still can’t find it click on “screen options”
and ensure “Google Analytics” dashboard is selected. On the dashboard page you can select between
different views as well as different metrics. For example, here we can search for pages,
referrers, organic traffic, location, traffic details
or sessions. If you roll your mouse over any
day’s metrics you’ll be able to see more exact numbers. If you’d like you can also monitor
your real time traffic, that is the people who are on your page at any given moment by
selecting “real time” from the drop down list. Now you can also see your analytics on a page
by page basis. Simply go to “posts” or “pages” and then click the little analytics
icon. A popup window showing data specific to that page will pop up. Again, you can filter
based on time ranges as well as analyze different analytics. To make sure the software is software is setup
to track all of the pages within your word press website (so you don’t have to add the
tracking code manually to each page), simply go to Google Analytics and then “tracking
settings”. If tracking options is enabled then the code will be automatically added
to all pages within your site. On the backend page the “enable switch view
functionality” allows to to switch between different websites that you’re tracking in
Google Analytics. Most people only want to track one website, so this can be switched
off, but if you want easy access to your other website data you can turn this on. When you
go back to your dashboard you’ll now see a drop down list of different sites you can
monitor. Also, on the backend settings page if you’re
not using the reports on the posts or pages sections of your site you can disable that
here by deselecting “enable reports on Posts Lists and Pages list”. Similarly, if you want to hide the report
on your main dashboard page you can also do that here. There is also a “front-end settings” section
here that allows you to add the reports to your selected users in the front-end. These
usually show up near the end of a blog post, but depending on your theme, the report could
show just above the blog post as well. I usually keep this deactivated because I find that
is slows down the load time of my pages in the front-end for me and I can get all of
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