Relevant for: WordPress Users
Average time: 8 minutes
Ben of creativecourage.org writes about Lifestyle Design, taking advantage of new opportunity on the internet and having a real life. I really enjoyed his last post for it’s authenticity. How to Pursue Lifestyle Design and Have a Girlfriend. Ben came to us struggling with some Google Analytics issues. (the best and really only analytics web software you should be using) After he sorted out how to get Google tracking his WordPress blog, he wanted to see the data easily. There’s an easy solution for him and other WordPress users looking to do the same…a simple plugin that takes 3 minutes to install. The Google Analytics Dashboard plugin gives you a convenient view of your google traffic data directly in the dashboard of WordPress. It’s easy to install and much more powerful than the default WordPress stats, which tends to be a bit off.
Note: You’ll need a Google Analytics account and tracking already installed on your blog for this to work! If you need to install tracking into your blog, you will need to use a plugin like Google Analytics for WordPress, or Headspace.
The plugin offers advanced view features, but your most likely only interested in viewing relevant hit counts. You can see this data in the dashboard, include it in posts, or allow only specific authors to view it. Goal tracking is also available.
- Login to WordPress
a. Click Add New Plugin under the Plugins header on the left sidebar
b. Enter Google Analytics Dashboard into the search field and perform the search:
c. The search results should then show the plugin. Clicking on install will automatically download and install the plugin onto your blog.
d. When finished, activate the plugin!
- At the WordPress Dashboard, Click Google Analytics Dashboard under the Settings heading in the left sidebar
- Log in using your Google Analytics credentials.
- After authenticating with your Google Analytics account you will need to select one of your analytics profiles (websites) to display.
Note that SimpleXML is needed for this plugin. It is enabled by default in PHP version 5 but some host may have it turned off. Don’t worry about this, unless the plugin alerts you to a SimpleXML error.