How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress


Google Analytics is a powerful web analytics application that can be use to analyze your traffic data. Installing Google Analytics on your blog helps to keep track of the visitors on your blog. Google Analytics is free and made available for everyone to use. It has all the features of a web analytic like page views, visitors count, return visitors count, goals conversions and visitors demographic information.

Users can add up to 50 site profiles in each Google Analytic account. Google Analytic is only for websites with less than 5 million page views per month unless the site is linked to an Adwords campaign.

You can either install the Google Analytic to your blog through the Google Analytics WordPress plugin or manually install the code inside your blog.

To install the WordPress Google Analytics plugin, follow the instructions below:

  • Download the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Unzip the folder to your desktop.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Click on the folder and upload the folder inside to wp-content/plugins/.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Go to Dashboard >> Plugins.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • You will see a list of plugins that you have installed on your blog. Find the WordPress Analytics plugin and activate it.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Go to your Google Analytics account and create a new website profile for your blog.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Copy the Analytics Account ID that starts with UA.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Go to your WordPress Administration dashboard and click on the Settings tab.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Click on Google Analytics plugin under the Settings tab. You will be redirected to the Google Analytics WordPress Configuration page.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Paste the Analytics Account ID that you have copied inside the textbox. Finally, click on the Update Google Analytic Settings button to complete the installation.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

To manually install Google Analytics to your blog, follow the instructions below:

  • Login to your Google Analytics account. Click on Analytics.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Click on Add Website Profile.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Select Add a Profile for a new domain. Type in the URL of the website you would like to track (exclude the http:// part). Select the time zone country. Select a time zone. Finally, click on the Finish button.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • A brand new screen will be showing and prompt you to add the set of code into the footer of your web pages. Copy the Google Analytic tracking code.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Go to your WordPress Administration Dashboard >>Appearance > Editor. Click on Footer (footer.php).

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • Paste the Google Analytic tracking code before the </body> tag.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

To verify if Google Analytics tracking code have been installed on your blog, follow the instructions below.

  • In the Google Analytics account, go to Edit > Check Status Link.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

  • If it display ‘Waiting for data’, then the tracking code is already successfully installed. Reports can take up to 24 hours to update.

How to Add Google Analytics to Wordpress

Google Analytic is the best free Web Analytic tool. If you don’t have a Google Analytic account, you can sign up one for free. To sign up for a free account, go to google.com/analytics and filled in all the appropriate information.

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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.

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