Google Analytics is a free, enterprise-level analytics service that allows you to track your website visits and pageviews. You can easily copy and paste the Google Analytics Tracking Code to your website but if you use a plugin like Google Analyticator you’ll get much better features.
First, the plugin will know not to track logged in users so you don’t skew your stats with your own pageviews and visits. You’ll also get a useful summary report in your Dashboard like the example below, making it much more convenient to keep an eye on your stats.
This article will explain how to setup the Google Analyticator plugin for your website.
Sign up for Google Analytics
The first thing to do is to sign up for a Google Analytics account at www.google.com/analytics/.
Once signed up, you’ll be asked what you want to track. Select Web Site and proceed to fill out your web property profile.
The Website Name value is the title of your site. For example, my blog is called adventures of a blogjunkie. The website URL is the address that you type in the browser to view the homepage of the website. My blog’s URL is
http://blogjunkie.net. Finally, the Account Name is the name of your Google Analytics account. For example, David’s Websites or your company name. The rest of the settings are pretty self explanatory.
After you’ve completed the signup process, you’ll be presented with the Google Analytics Tracking Code. Since we are using the Google Analyticator plugin, we don’t have to worry about the code.
Note: If you already have a Google Analytics account, you should add a new property (website) instead.
Install the Google Analyticator plugin
Go to your WordPress dashboard → Plugins → Add New. In the search field, type Google Analyticator. Click the search button and WordPress will give you a results page. Locate the correct plugin and click Install Now.
WordPress will now download and install the plugin on your site. The final step is to click Activate Plugin; this completes the installation process.
Link your site with Google Analytics
Now navigate to your WordPress dashboard → Settings → Google Analytics. You’ll arrive at the Activate Google Analyticator page. Click the link that says Click Here. A new window will appear asking you if you want to allow Google Analyticator to access your Google Analytics data. Click Accept.
You’ll then be provided with a success code. Click in the box, press Ctrl+A (or Cmd+A on a Mac) to select the code. Copy it and then close the window and return to the Activate Google Analyticator screen. Paste the code into the box and click Save & Continue.
Now you’ll arrive at the Google Analyticator Settings screen. At the top you’ll see a warning saying that Google Analytics integration is disabled.
Change the first option to Enabled. Next select the website you just created from the 2nd drop down menu. Inspect the other settings if you wish but the default options are reasonable and don’t need to be changed. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
Google Analytics is now integrated with your site. To view your stats, go to your WordPress dashboard and locate the Google Analyticator widget. If you want to view the full stats report, login to www.google.com/analytics/.