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 that if you're taking growing your website traffic seriously then you should know that we offer a suite of DIY SEO and website marketing tools to help you do things like increase your stie traffic, rank higher in organic search for your desired search terms, find more leads and get more backlinks to your site

So head over to atinyrhinocom once 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 that data in the backend anyways

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