How to Setup Google Analytics

To setup Google Analytics, you first need your web site up and running. Check our quick guide for this, and also make sure you’ve got the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin installed.

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Also, if you haven’t signed up for a Google Account, do this now. There are too many weapons Google provides you, and they’re all for free and have a plethora of user documentation and tips.

Assuming you’ve logged into the homepage for Google Analytics, click on the Admin tab at the top right of your screen, which should take you to the Account Administration screen.

From here, click ‘+ New Account’ and proceed to enter basic details like the Name (nickname) for your account, and the URL. Once you click ‘Create Account’ you’ll be dropped off on a screen that has your Google Analytics ID (GAID), and some instructions on how to install it. At this point the ‘Tracking Status’ should say ‘Tracking Not Installed‘.

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Our suggestion is to use the Google Analytics for WordPress¬†(by Yoast) plugin for your site to do this. Pull your GAID and then proceed into your WP Admin site and install the plugin if you don’t already have it. Once you install you’ll be asked to ‘select which Analytics profile to track’.¬†Click ‘click here to authenticate with Google‘ and choose the correct email address.

Now you can select a drop down value for the correct profile (this is the Nickname you created in Google Analytics), and the corresponding GAID will populate in the next dropdown.

Or you can select a Manual entry and copy paste the GAID.

It takes up to 24 hours for Google to begin collecting data for your site, and it’s usually quicker. Let the analysis begin!