In a related article, I talked about why you want to add Google Analytics to your blog. Now you need to know the HOW.
It’s a relatively easy process.
First you need an analytics account.
If you already have an Analytics account or you have an Adwords account, then you’re set to go. (In Adwords, pull down the Reports menu
If you need a new Analytics account, sign up for one.
Next you need to add your blog to your analytics account.
Just log into your account. If you’re using your Adwords account, click on Reporting and choose Google Analytics.
Now click to Add New Profile. Just type in the URL of your blog.
Finally you need to add the “code” that Google Analytics provides to your blog.
Some blog themes provide a space in their settings to add your tracking code. In that case you would copy and paste the code that Analytics provides into that space.
If your theme does not provide that capability, then download, install and active the Google Analytics plugin. Then paste your code into there.
To be sure your code is working, go back to your Analytics account and click to edit that profile. It will tell you whether or not the tracking is working. If it’s not, wait a few minutes, then try again. If it’s still not, then walk through the steps again. Or ask your webmaster for help.
Within 24 hours you’ll be able to see the first reports on your blog and the visitors who are coming. You’ll find Google analytics an invaluable tool in providing feedback on your blog – or any of your websites. Just add each site you want to track and enjoy all of the information flowing in for your analysis.