Blog Tips // Setting Up Google Analytics

How To Set Up Google Analytics

Just like most bloggers I am a little obsessive about looking at my Google Analytics dashboard.

I just think that it’s so much fun to find out that someone in Australia or Japan is reading what I have to say. Plus, it’s good to track and see what is your most popular blog column, where are your readers coming from (twitter, pinterest, bloglovin, etc.). So today I will give you a rundown on how to set this up. It’s super quick and easy!

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Step 1: Login to Google Analytics you can use your current Gmail account for this. If you do not have a Google account, just create one.

Step 2: Now click on “New Account” located in the middle of the page.

Step 3: Enter the following information:

  • Account Name: Your blog/website name
  • Website’s URL: Your blog/website url
  • Time Zone: Select where you are located

Step 4: I choose to deselect “Anonymously with Google and others” so that they don’t share my information anonymously, but that is just my opinion. Read the terms on Data Sharing Settings and select what you feel comfortable with. Then read the very long agreement (people read that, right?) and agree with the terms and conditions (only if you do).

Step 5: Click on “Create Account”. And you are done with the first part! :)

Now it’s time to plug in this code to your blog/website so that Google Analytics can track it. I decided to do the walk through for 3 main blogging platforms. If the one you use isn’t here, no worries. You can probably look in the help section of the platform you use for instructions or leave a comment and I’ll make an update.

 

Blogger Users:

For those of you using Blogger you will need to copy the “Tracking ID” given to you once you created your Google Analytics account.Step 1: Login to your Blogger account and then go to “Settings”.

Step 2: Under “Settings” select “Other”.

Step 3: Scroll down to the “Google Analytics” portion. There you will paste (or type) your “Tracking ID”.

Step 4: Save Settings! You’re done!

 

Typepad Users:

For those of you using Typepad you will need to copy the “Tracking ID” given to you once you created your Google Analytics account.

Step 1: Login to your Typepad account and then go to “Settings”.

Step 2: Under “Settings”, on the left hand side, select “Add-Ons”.

Step 3: In the “Google Analytics” section paste (or type) your “Tracking ID”.

Step 4: Save Settings! You’re done!

 

WordPress (Self-Hosted)

This is for users on WordPress.org not WordPress.COM. Currently WordPress.com does not support Google Analytics. This platform offers their own stats report on their dashboard.

For those using WordPress.org you have two solutions. You can install a plugin or add the snippet of code to the header file in your theme. To keep things easy let’s go with the plugin method.

Step 1: Download Simple Google Analytics and install the plugin to your blog/website.

Step 2: Once plugin has been uploaded and activated go to the “Settings“ tab on the left hand side of your dashboard and click on “Simple Google Analytics Settings”.

Step 3: In this section you will select/enter the following:

  • Where to put the code?: Header
  • Google Analytics ID: Enter “Tracking ID”.
  • Add Site Speed to the tacking code?: Select No
  • Is your blog a sub-domain?:
    • Select Yes: If your domain is like this www.blog.mydomain.com
    • Select No: If your domain is like this www.mydomain.com
  • Domain: Enter your domain
  • Render when logged in?: Select No

Step 4: Click on “Save Changes”. You did it!

FYI – It can take up to 24 hours to register and start tracking. Be patient. ;)

Hope this tutorial helps! If you have any questions regarding today’s blog tip feel free to comment, tweet me or contact me!

Comments:

  1. SO helpful! I actually signed up for Google Analytics this morning and turns out I did it incorrectly – thanks to your steps!
    Great post.
    Allie at alliewears.com

  2. Glad the tutorial was helpful! :)

  3. Thanks a lot for this wonderful tutorial. These steps will really help the individuals who are into blogging. I would love to see your future post. Great job!
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