Getting Started With Google Analytics In Your WordPress Site

First, you need to login to your WordPress site. To do this, you need to access your WP-Admin dashboard. It can be located at http://yoursite.com/wp-admin. Short answer: yes.

Is Google Analytics Even Important?

Sign up for Analytics using your Gmail account
In addition, Analytics also allows you to determine where your users are from. Are they a product of search engines? Social sites? Referrals? Or direct? This allows you to understand which aspect of traffic you need to focus on. If your site is performing great on social media, then you might want to increase your efforts to get visitors from other channels.

  • How many users visit your site on any given hour, day, week or month.
  • The amount of session with a date range
  • How many Pageviews your site receives
  • The average amount of pages viewed
  • Bounce rate (visits in which the person left your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page)
  • Average time spent on your site
  • New users versus returning ones
  • and much more

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From there, you can paste your tracking code via the plugins setting page. (note: some themes have a footer and header script section. Double check to see if your theme has this option before using a plugin so that you can avoid the use of one.)

<?php
add_action(‘wp_footer’, ‘google_analytics’);
function google_analytics() { ?>
// Paste Your Google Analytics Tracking Code Here
<?php } ?>

This form is just basic so you shouldn’t get into much trouble for this step.
Choose Website Option
With Analytics, you can also keep track of specifics of your audience. Using the features under Audience in your Google Analytics Dashboard, you can see the geographical location of your audience, the browser they use, the screen resolution of their monitors and how long are they staying in your website. This proves to help you fit your content and design with the specific type of audience you are targeting.
Google Analytics is a powerful tool to monitor your site performance. Thus, it is a must-have — especially if you are serious about blogging. Good luck in your blogging and online endeavors. 
If you know your way around this file, then feel free to add the proper code there. Everyone else should use one of the other methods stated above.

How Will I Be Able to Use Google Analytics for my Blog?

Google Analytics Homepage
Analytics also allows you to know what your visitors are doing when they are in your site. Using this tool, you can see which pages your user is going and the duration of their stay. You can also know the bounce rate of your users.

Sign up for Analytics using your Gmail account This makes it easier for you to study your audience and control your content as to what is received better and what doesn’t perform well.

There is a third option for installing the tracking code in your WordPress site. You can use the code found below to install your unique code in your functions.php file, but I really don’t recommend it.

Google Analytics HomepageAfter logging in, go to Plugins then Add New.

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There are two easy ways to install the Google Analytics Tracking Code in your WordPress website: Direct pasting method, functions.php-editing method, and via third party plugin. Let’s start with the easiest method first
Doing this will give you the Google Analytics tracking code. You need to copy this code because you will need to enter this in your WordPress site. For that reason, I suggest that you don’t close the tab until you have successfully pasted the code on your site.

7Click Sign In, and you’ll be directed to this screen. (see below) Next, click Sign Up.

Bounce rate is the percentage of users that leave your site without visiting any other page except the one they initially visited. Knowing your bounce rate will help you facilitate inbound links that direct your user to more content from your website.

  • an account name,
  • the name of your website,
  • its URL,
  • the category,
  • and the time zone that will be the basis for reporting.

This proves to help you fit your content and design with the specific type of audience you are targeting.
Google Analytics allows you to keep track of many things in your website:
Search for the Header and Footer Scripts plugin; install and activate it.
To do this, you need to copy the tracking code (exactly as given), go to your header.php file and paste the code after the <body> tag in the file. Some people who know their way around code can easily find this, but if you cant, then just try the plugin method above—it’s so much easier!  
Every website, be it a blog or a company site thrives on its audience. Without them, your website will be a futile attempt to achieve your goal. That is why being able to interact with your audience is pertinent for your web endeavors.

Method One: The Plugin Method (Easiest)

Now if you already have a Gmail account, you can use that to sign in. If not, then you have to create a new account.
Enabling Google Analytics on your site requires a few steps. Let’s begin with creating a Google Analytics Account. To do this, you need to go to the Google Analytics website and sign up there.
Then, you need to fill in the details of your property. You’ll need:
For example, if you are a Viral content media site, Analytics will help you see which of the stories you publish are actually received by your viewers. You can also use it to determine if the design you are using, and the technologies that are inculcated in it fit the needs of the users.
Now, we’re done with the Google side of things. Let’s go to your WordPress site.
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Method Two: The Direct Pasting Method (Not So Easy)

Using Analytics will also allow you to see when your users are visiting. Through this, you can know the peak hours of the day where you can publish your posts.

A Third Method: Using the Functions.php (Should Not Be Done Unless You Know What You’re Doing)

After successfully filling the form up, you need to click on the button that says Get Tracking ID. You will be prompted by a Terms Of Service Agreement (TOS). You should read and understand this. Then click on I Agree.
Next, after successfully signing in using Gmail, you will be directed to a page that looks like the image below.
Of course, this can be achieved by producing good content. But the variety or the scope of said content still depends on the needs and wants of the people who visit your site. One of the best ways to analyze your visitors and how it affects the traffic of your website is Google Analytics, and in this article, we will discuss how important this tool is and how you can use it for your WordPress Blog. But first, let’s answer an important question.

Conclusion

After that, you will be asked if you are using Analytics for a mobile app or website. If you are tracking your blog, then you should choose the website option.

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