Google Analytics For Newbies

Google Analytics For Newbies

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Did you recently start a new website, blog, web or mobile app?

Then you will need a way to capture your site’s data.

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Google Analytics sole purpose is to collect basic data from a website or mobile application. You can setup google analytics on your website or mobile application in 3 simple steps. Plus, I have included some neat ways to organize your stats within your WordPress dashboard area.

Watch the instructional video to get you started.

Follow along with the step-by-step instructions.

  1. You will need to create and sign into your analytics account. You can do so here: google.com/analytics:
    Click SIGN IN > Analytics or if you need to setup an account, More options > Create account.
  2. Next you are going to need to set up a property in your Analytics account. A property represents your website or app and is the collection point in Analytics for the data from your site or app. Properties contain reporting views and you will be able to use these reporting views. What are great about views is that they let you create filtered perspectives of your data. For example, all data except for your own personal laptop’s IP addresses, or all data associated with a specific country or region.
  3. The next step is to modify the code for your site or app by adding the Analytics tracking code so you can collect data in the Analytics property you set up. Since not everyone is not tech savy, keep reading as I soon mention a plugin with above a 4.5 rating and over 1 million installs that is perfect for this part and for using the metrics thereafter.

After you have completed the 3 steps above, you will be set to go. You might seem some additional tools to help you along the way of getting to understand Google Analytics, what it captures daily for your site and what that means to you.

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Using Google Analytics Data

If you have a self hosted WordPress like myself, it is nice to see Google Analytics in action within the same platform you are in daily while you work on your site and interact with your users. The Google Analytics Dashboard for WP plugin is perfect for this. I use it on my WordPress dashboard and absolutely love it.

This plugin includes everything you need to capture the success of your new project, and a box a chocolates! It will enable you to track your site using the latest GA tracking code and allows you to view stats in your WordPress install. This way you do not have to navigate away from your site dashboard to capture another metric. As bloggers, we interface with so many tools it is hard to keep track of. That is why I love this plugin, it puts my metrics right in front of my face first thing as I log into my dashboard and start working on my site for the day.

WordPress Speed Test

Along with the general Google Analytics stats and overview of your site’s traffic, the GA plugin provides in-depth Page reports and in-depth Post reports. This allows further segmentation of your analytics data, providing specific performance details for each post or page from your website. My favorite has to be the real time stats that load so quickly and on point.

I love how neat and organized the dashboard widgets are for easy viewing. This plugin saves me tons of time switching back and forth from the google analytics page and helps me stay organized.

Once you get your Google Analytics set up and ready to go, this plugin is a must!

Did you know Google Analytics has app’s available for your phone? Well they do! How cool is that?

There is a GA app for BOTH Android and iPhone so you can check your site’s stats on the go.

For Android, check out: Mobile GA

For iPhone, check out: Analytics App

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41 comments
  1. These are great tips for newbies! Google analytics is so important.

  2. Obsessed with the Analytics app! It’s so addicting to see what’s happening. This is a great starting point for newbie bloggers. Now once it’s installed and going – managing is an entirely different animal.

  3. This is a very informative post. Navigating the Google Analytics platform can seem daunting and overwhelming at first glance.

  4. This is exactly what I was looking for. Im glad I read your post before going with jetpack. I have heard some not so good reviews on them.

  5. Mastering Google Analytics is one of the things I need to work on. So this post could not have come at a better time. Thanks do much sharing.

  6. I tried to avoid Google Analytics for the longest time. I’m glad that you are helping other bloggers embrace it earlier on.

  7. I like how you shared the instructions and the steps to successfully use Google Analytics. When I finally set mine, it was a life changer.

  8. Hi! I just waned to aask if you ever have any iwsues with hackers?

    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no backup.

    Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

  9. What wonderful tips! When I first started using Google Analytics there is so much data, and it really was overwhelming. So I started looking at just a few categories at first and slowly expanded out. I especially like the dashboard that plugs directly into my WordPress site .. it’s nice to see the key metrics at a glance!

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