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Monday, July 13, 2009

Tutorial: Installing Tracking on Your Blog

Warning, this is one of those technical geek-speak posts. If you are not a geek wanna be then please don’t read this post, perhaps instead you would be interested in my horrible home construction where I swear like a sailor (see here, here, here, here, here, here and here) or maybe you would be more interested in seeing my wedding photos (see here, here, here, here, here and here). For those of you wanna be geeks please read on.

You can see how many people and what posts are most viewed by installing free tracking software. Because you already have a blogger account it is surprisingly easy. And then you will find yourself obsessively checking how many people were on your site. It has really helped me understand what content people view the most and keep me motivated to keep writing.

1. Go to www.google.com/analytics and click sign up

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2. Enter in your blogger username and password

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3. On the next page click the sign-up button

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4. Enter your blogger URL

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5. Enter your personal information

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6. Agree to the long and boring terms and conditions

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7. This next screen is important copy that code. Leave this window open and open your blogger account in a new window.

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8. Go to ‘Layout’> ‘Edit HTML’ and be VERY CAREFUL because you are editing the code for your blogs template here.

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9. Scroll down to the bottom of the code. You will see there is only one in the entire document. Right above that paste your code copied from Google Analytics. Click Save Template

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10. Go back to the analytics screen and click finish. You will see a screen like this. Click on the Edit tab on the right.

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11. Now we need analytics to verify that we added the code to the site. Click on the ‘Check Status’ button.

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12. You will see that Google Analytics is now gathering data. Because it reports at the end of the day 12:00PM you wont see any data on your dashboard until after midnight. It will report any visits, including your own, from the time you put the code on your site.

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13. Click on View Reports to see your data screen. Oh so much to learn about viewing your data but that will be a different tutorial.

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3 comments:

Courtney Marie said...

You are a tech goddess!

paul peggy zeus said...

Seriously, this is WAAAY over my head, I'll have to refer dad to this one....

myLA said...

You are a GODDESS! I agree with Courtney Marie!!! I just did it. Yes, finally! Thanks Mrs. Rogue!

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