How to set up Google Analytics for your website
In order to take management of your website to the next level and begin tracking stats, we recommend setting up a Google Analytics account. Setting up an account is simple, and adding Google Analytics to your eCatholic website is incredibly easy! Here's what you need to do:
Get your Google Analytics tracking code
First, set up a Google Analytics account if you don't already have one. To do so, visit this link and follow the instructions.
Once you're logged in to your Google Analytics account, click on the Admin tab (i.e., the gear/settings icon at the bottom left of the interface) for your domain. Then, copy the Global Site Tab (gtag.js) code provided.
Plug the tracking code into your website
Next, return to your eCatholic website and make sure you're logged in to your Admin User account. Click the Admin tab, then Settings, then Google/ <head>, then Google Analytics Code. Paste the tracking info into the text box. Don't forget to click the Publish button at the bottom of the page to save the changes.
NOTE: If you've copied your tracking code and the green Publish button isn't active, click outside the Google Analytics Code / <head> text area to activate the Publish button.
Pro tip: Exclude internal traffic
Google Analytics will detect and measure all traffic on your website, including your own! Check out Google's help article to learn how to exclude internal traffic from your Google Analytics results.
How to view your site's statistics
Once you add the tracking code into your website, that code will allow Google to gather statistics on the usage of your website. (Adding the code doesn't cause anything visible appear on your site.)
You can view the statistics by logging into your Google Analytics account. If you'd like to learn more about how to navigate the interface of your Google Analytics account, check out:
- Four ways to actually use your Google Analytics data to improve your website from the eCatholic blog
- Google's free Google Analytics for Beginners online course