After my post yesterday which reported a few stats for this blog from Google Analytics, I realized that a few of my dear readers might enjoy having the same knowledge about your blogs.
And I realized that some of you might be intimidated to use Google Analytics. However, I really think that Google Analytics is simple enough: It has a lot of power and offers complex data, but it is very user-friendly and intuitive. I think you’ll like it if you give it a try, so I’ll lead you through it. This is the first of at least three posts that will get your blog set up with Google Analytics.
- Visit http://www.google.com/analytics and register using your Google account.
- Click “Add Website Profile” at the bottom left of the page. NOTE: You can always add more sites to this account later by clicking this button and following this process again! I use one Google account to track four different sites.
- Enter the URL of your blog and your time zone, then click “Continue.”
- On the next page, click on “New Tracking Code” and copy the code that appears in the text box.
- In another window, go to your Blogger account and click on the “Layout” tab at the top.
- In the skeleton view of your blog, click on “Add a new page element,” which will give you pop-up window.
- Paste the code you copied from Google Analytics.
- In the title field, you can write something like “Thanks for Visiting!” or you can just leave it blank. No one will be able to see that you have tracking installed just by looking at the web page if you leave it blank.
That’s it! Not too hard, now was it? You will have to wait until tomorrow before seeing any results, as Google Analytics does not show any data for the current day. Tomorrow, you can log in and see if you had any hits.
Any questions? Is there a part of this set of instructions that doesn’t jive with what you see on your screen? Leave a comment so we can fix the problem publicly, in case other have the same issues.