Hi there! It’s Jereon – the numbers guy behind Ceara’s Kitchen. Below you’ll find step by step instructions on how to connect Google Analytics to WordPress so you can see who’s visiting your site! This way you can monitor your website’s traffic. Creating content is one thing, but you also want to know how many people are visiting your blog, how you are drawing people to your site and which articles you post are the most popular.
Let’s get started!
Go to the Google Analytics log in page
The first step is to make a Google Analytics account. Click here to go to the website.
Sign in or sign up
Sign in if you already have a G-mail account or sign up to make an account. It is necessary to have a G-mail account if you want to use Google Analytics.
Sign-up for Google Analytics
Click on the “Sign up” button. You can also see the different steps on how to use Google Analytics. Those will be further explained in May’s upcoming Google Analytics manual.
Add your website to Google Analytics
Fill in your website details (Website name, Website URL, Industry Category, Time Zone) for your Google Analytics profile. Your blog’s traffic data will be transferred to the Google Analytics site this way.
Scroll down, check the 4 boxes and click “get tracking ID“.
Accept the conditions
Read over the Terms of Service and click “I Accept“. Next, you will get your tracking ID. This ID will be important to connect Google Analytics to your WordPress account.
Now you’ll see the tracking ID
This code is important for when you will install Google Analytics on your site. Write down this tracking code and keep the browser with your tracking ID open for later. You will need it to configure your site.
Log in into Your WordPress Account
Log in into WordPress to continue onto the next step. Now, you’ll connect and configure Google Analytics to your WordPress Account. Keep the browser with your tracking ID open for later. (Skip this step if you are already logged in to your WordPress account).
Go to your page and go to plug-ins.
Go to your webpage in your browser and click on the WordPress icon.
Add new plugin
Go to the Plugins tab on the left. Click “Add New” to add the Google Analytics plugin.
Search for Google Analytics and download it
In the top right search box, enter in “Google Analytics” and hit enter. Select the “NK Google Analytics” plugin to install onto your site. Download the plugin and activate it. Give the tracking code when asked to activate the plugin. Everything is set-up after completing this step.
It can take a few hours before the account is fully active. Go take a look from time to time at http://www.google.com/analytics/ and sign-in with your Gmail-account. This is the best way to check if your Google Analytics is working and if you have had a visitor!
Congrats! Once your account is live, you can see people visiting your site. If you need any help setting up your Google Analytics account feel free to leave a comment below and I will try my best to help you out!
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Jessie Upthegrove says
Great article. I am facing a few of these issues as well..
Thanks for this! I’m still so new to blogging, and just moved over to a self-hosted site, so this was perfect timing!
Yay! I’m glad that this tutorial was some help to you. Switching over to self-hosting is always such a good move 🙂 I just checked out your website and it’s awesome! I love your logo!!