I’m probably the last blogger in the world to not have Google Analytics code on her blogs. I also exaggerate a lot. What is Google Analytics? GA is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a blog or website [source Wikipidia].
It was a few weeks ago and I was having a nice chat with my daughter and son-in-law, both are awesome bloggers. My SIL writes a chiropractic marketing blog and creates marketing products for chiropractors. In fact I work for him, my job is product support for the his company. I work from home as his administrative assistant. I am blessed! My daughter is the author of the #1 cloth diaper blog “All About Cloth Diapers.com“. I do some light admin for her too. So when they ask me if I tracked my traffic via Google Analytics I answered no…and the room got really quiet. They then asked me why not? I said what all people say when they realize they’ve done something goofy;
I said “I don’t know”, I learned how to do that from my teenagers! They say that all the time. 🙂
Both my DD and SIL encouraged me to add GA to my blogs and so I did. Now I wonder why I hadn’t done it sooner. It was really simple and I only had to do a few Google searches, but I got it done!
I have to brag because about a week after I did all of my code pasting and got everything up and tracking, I was asked by a friend if I could help her put Google Analytics on her website; Mindy’s Itty Bitty Cakes. Do you know how good it felt to say YES? I love helping people! It’s just fills me with joy.
So am I an expert at this now? No. but I believe if you’ve learn something and you can share it with others then I think you should. So I’m going to share my little bit of knowledge about Google Analytics and how to install the code on blogspot, both the old style and the new and on a self hosted WordPress with Thesis.
Now, if I leave something out…tell me.
If this helped you get Google Analytics to your blog or site then share this tutorial with others.
you should be on this page to sign in with your google username and password and you could also create your new account from this page too.
once you sign in you will see this page below
on this page you will add the URL that you will be tracking if you are adding your website or blog for the first time then you will check the spot for adding a new URL then add the URL you want to add the analytics code to. Click the finish or continue button.
add the code to your site
for a Blogspot (old template) site/blog
go to blogspot dashboard, click Layout or it may say Design, click Edit HTML, scroll right to the bottom until you see
paste the code right before </body> and click Save Template.
Note it can up to 24 hours before data appears in your reports.
for the new Blogspot (new template) site/blog
go to blogspot dashboard, click design, click page elements, select add a gadget, paste the code and save.
Move gadget so that it is the last widget on the page.
for a self hosted WordPress site/blog (Thesis)
Copy the code from your Google Analytics profile, go to your WP dashboard, click thesis options, find foot scrips,
paste code in there and save