Thursday, September 28, 2017

How to Get and Install Google Analytics Code For Your Website

How to Get and Install Google Analytics Code For Your Website

Google Analytics is a free tool available from Google to help you analyze the traffic coming to your website. It is very simple to install on your website, and, if you look at the results regularly, it will help you plan your website maintenance.


It is best if you sign up for your Google Analytics account, even if you have someone else working on your website. It should be in your control, and at some point, you might have someone else working on your website.


1) Go to Google and click the Business Solutions link.
2) Click the Analytics link a little ways down the page
3) Click Sign up for Analytics
4) If you don't have a Google Account, sign up for one. If you do have a Google Account, sign in.


If you need to sign up for a Google Account, the system will ask you for the following:


 - Your current email address
 - A password - and enter again to be sure you got it right the first time.
 - A couple of checkbox choices
 - Enter the text from a nearly impossible to read. In fact, you may have to enter this a half a dozen times before you get it right. It's not your eyesight; it is genuinely difficult to read. It's a pain, but they are just trying to keep hacker and spammer programming out of their system.
 - Click to accept the fine print.
 - If you successfully enter the secret code, you should go to a welcome page. And you should see My Account in the links in the upper right-hand corner of the page.


Check your email and click the link to confirm that it's a valid email address. You only have to do all of that once! You will go to the same account to view your statistics.


5) Log in to Google Analytics


 - If you are already logged in, all you have to do is click the My Account link, and you will go to the page shown below.
 - If you aren't logged in, you will see Sign in, instead of My Account | Sign out in the upper right hand corner of the Google pages. Signing in will take you to the page shown below.
 - If you have not clicked the link the email, this will take you to a page asking you to verify your email address. You will be in an endless loop until you verify your email address.
 - Click on the Analytics link


6) Now you are ready to get the code for the Google Analytics for your site


 - Click on Sign Up (this is signing up for the code.)
 - Enter your information in the form. The Account Name field will pick up your URL, unless you change it to something else.
 - Enter your contact information.
 - Agree to the terms and conditions.
 - And, you have your Google Analytics code!


7) Add the Google Analytics tracking code to the HTML code at the bottom of every page on your website, right above the. If you don't work on your own site, copy the code and email it to your web developer.


8) It will take Google 24 hours to start showing your stats after you have uploaded the files with the code.



This exercise was developed by Nora McDougall-Collins for the Search Engine Positioning course at Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. You can see this exercise with screenshots at http://www.thecomputergal.com/WebMarketing/Articles/InstallingGoogleAnalytics.htm
Nora McDougall-Collins
Missoula, MT
nora@thecomputergal.com