The best way to Install Google Analytics on to a WordPress Website?

The best way  to Install Google Analytics on to a WordPress Website?


In this video, I’m going to show you the best method
on how to install Google Analytics on your WordPress website. All and more coming up.Hey,
there measuregeeks! Julian here back with another video teaching you the data-driven
way of digital marketing. Now, today we want to talk about how to install Google Analytics
on a WordPress website. And as always, there’s not just one way of doing things. So today,
I’m going to show you actually three ways on how to install Google Analytics on to your
WordPress website. And later on, you can pick which one suits you best. I will also give
you my recommendation at the end of this video. Now, we’ve got lots to cover so let’s dive
in.All right, welcome to our demo software we want to install Google Analytics on. Now,
in order to do this, we need to have two things in place already. First of all, we need to
have access to the admin area which we can reach under our domain name slash WP admin
login and now be able to install Google Analytics on your website. Be sure to have access to
the back end. Second part would be to have an actual tracking ID. And this is what you
can get at analytics.google.com login with your Google account, and then navigate to
the account that you want to install. If you don’t have an account set up, you will be
greeted with setting up a new account. Let’s quickly go through this. First of all, we
want to track a website. Let’s choose an account name. Normally, you would choose your company
name, then you can give your web property or the web tracking code a name. So for example,
for us, it would be our demo shop. And then you enter your website URL.In our case would
be right here. Now, be sure to not have the HTTP part up here at the beginning. You can
choose if you’re on HTTP or SSL in this drop-down menu. And then you can choose your industry
and also your reporting timezone. Now, this is very important because you want to ensure
that the timezone matches up with the timezone on your website to be able to compare data
later. So make sure that this is set correctly. And you can choose if you want to take part
in some more data options that Google Analytics provides. I’ll just leave them tick for now.
And we can now click on Get our tracking ID. We need to agree to the data processing terms.
This might differ from where you are located at. And I’ll accept this. And now we should
get our tracking code. We jump right into the section. Now if you already have an account
set up, you can simply go here to the admin section. And then on the property section,
you find the tracking info that you can open up and go to the tracking code.So you get
to the same place here. And here’s where we get our tracking ID that we will utilize to
install Google Analytics on our website. Let’s get to installing it. And I’m going to show
you three methods here. The first method is through a plugin. So we’ll go down here to
our plugins section and add a new plugin. And we simply type in Google Analytics. There
are different plugins out there that will help you to install Google Analytics or choose
the most popular option which is the Google analytics dashboard plugin for WordPress by
monster insights. So let’s install this and activated and will put us in this setup screen.
And we simply follow along with our Setup Manager here will connect monster insights
to our Google Analytics. It will authenticate us to Google, we allow the settings and then
we can choose our account. In our case, we had our tracking ID already available here,
just going to copy this. And we’ll find here our view that we want to connect. And we will
complete the connection. We can choose different tracking options. I will leave them untouched
for now. But this is really about the customization of your tracking code. And that should do
it we exit our wizard. And we should have now Google Analytics installed as easy as
that. How can we verify that this is actually working?Well, one is an extension by Google
that you can install to your Chrome browser which is the Google Tag assistant. And we
see here that Google Analytics is installed, but there is no HTTP response. And this is
because Google Analytics is actually blocked for people who are admins and logged in to
WordPress at the moment. So let’s open up a private browsing mode here. And I’m just
going to navigate to my page. And now we are not logged in. And we can see here, Google
Analytics is now deployed. Now depending on if this green or blue, this doesn’t really
matter. But it seems like Google Analytics has been deployed correctly. We can also test
this by going into our Google Analytics here. And here we see the status. And what we can
do is test our implementation by going into the real-time traffic reports through this
link. And here you can see that a page view was just generated. So this means that the
user that is right now on the website which is us has generated a page view. So if we
would go to the next page here should have another page view enter the picture. So Google
Analytics is correctly installed. And this is our first method of how we can install
Google Analytics via a plugin. I’d recommend this for everyone who doesn’t want to get
technical and install Google Analytics in a very easy way. But the downsides might be
that you have to install an additional plugin. This can potentially bog down your WordPress
installation and slow down your page. So I want to show you another method of how you
can install Google Analytics on your website. And this is through the installation in the
theme files directly. So let’s head back into our WordPress back end. And I’m going to deactivate
our plugin.And now let’s go ahead and install Google Analytics again through the theme files.
For that will go over to appearance, then theme editor. Now as it says here, it’s recommended
that you have a child theme already set up that will let you install these codes into
your child theme so that don’t get overwritten next time your theme updates. So definitely
have a child theme set up first, then we can go ahead and proceed here. Click on I understand,
select your child theme. And then find the header.php. Now, this needs to be set up in
your child theme in order to edit this. So we’re going to click on it. And now we have
access to the theme that governs our website, and especially the header of that theme. Now,
we go back to Google Analytics and click back into our tracking information to get our tracking
code. And here we have the global site tag, we can just simply copy. And it says here
that we should install this in the head section. So with our theme open right here, we can
add our information.And I’d suggest to put this right under the meta tags right here.
Just paste this in. The earlier the Google Analytics code will fire, the more likely
it is to send data of so even if the user navigates on before the site has ended loading,
you’ll be able to capture information. So now that we have this setup, let’s update
our file and head back to our page. Now, we should see in our tag assistant, the global
site tag is installed and Google Analytics so it’s already sending data over. Let’s look
into our real-time reporting inside of Google Analytics. And here, we also see that there
are page views already generated. If we go on to another page here, we should again see
data coming in right here we see a new page view. So Google Analytics is installed correctly
for our page. And this was also an easy method to install. If you are comfortable with copy-pasting
code into your theme file if you have a child theme set up and don’t want to use a plugin
to install your Google Analytics on your page. Now let’s go on to the last method that I
want to show you. And this is installing Google Analytics through Google Tag Manager. Now
Google Tag Manager is a tag management tool. So it manages all your tracking in one central
place. And this is a Google Tag Manager container. To get started with Google Tag Manager, head
over to tagmanager.google.com and create a new account, you can follow the steps as we’ve
done before in our Google Analytics set up. So we had your company here, and then your
website.You’re going to go with web, and create this and then we’re entering our Google Tag
Manager container. Now the first thing that we need to do, we also need to install a container
snippet onto our page into our theme files just like we did before. So let’s get go ahead
and follow again the steps that we just did earlier, I’m going to copy the first code
that needs to be in the head section. We’re going to go into to our theme settings and
our theme editor, choose our child theme here, go into our theme header PHP. And this time,
I’m going to get rid of our global site tag that we have installed right here. Instead,
paste our code of Google Tag Manager. Then there is a second code that we need to place
beneath the opening body tag. So we’re going to look for the body where it starts right
here. And right underneath going to post our Google Tag Manager, no script tag. Let’s update
this file.Now we can head back to our page, reload that. And in our tagging system, we
see that we have Google Tag Manager now installed. But Google Analytics is actually not yet part
of this implementation. We will need to deploy Google Analytics through Google Tag Manager.
How do you do this? Well, in Google Tag Manager now, you have access to the website itself
through that central snippet that we’ve installed on all the pages. We just need to deploy the
tracking tool that we want to install through this Management Console. And you do this by
going into Google Tag Manager and clicking on new tag and give this all a name. So we’ll
be able to recognize this later. And then when we click on tag configurations, we can
see all the different tools that you can install through Google Tag Manager onto your page.
Now, we are interested in Google Analytics, which is right on the top right here. So I’m
going to click on that. And we want to set over a page view, Now, we need to specify
the account which we can do by setting up a new Google Analytics settings variable.Here,
we need to implement our tracking ID. Go over to Google Analytics, go into our tracking
information and copy the tracking ID right here. Go back to Google Tag Manager, paste
it in here. I’ll also take this as a name here. So I will be able to recognize this
later. Let’s save this. And this is really what we would need, we just need to define
a trigger right here. And there’s already one available which is the all pages trigger.
So it will be deployed on all the pages. Let me fix this typo up here. And we are good
to go. Let’s save this. And now we have implemented one tag into our tag manager. We can try this
all out by going into the preview mode. This will put our browser into a special mode.
So we will be able on our page when we reload our page to see a debug console down here
which will show us which tag have fired on our page. Very practical to see if your tracking
is actually deployed. And he will see our Google Analytics is deployed, we can also
cross check this in our tag assistant. Here we go. The tag assistant shows that Google
Analytics is deployed. And also in our real-time reporting. There’s one user right now. And
here we go our page was sent and received by Google Analytics.Now be aware once we’re
in the preview mode, this is actually only deployed for you on your browser. This is
not yet live on your website. In order to push this live to the website, we will need
to submit a version. This is what this big Submit button is for click on here and we
can give our version a name. So you’ll be able to see all the changes we have done to
our container later on. Let’s publish this and it’s should be now live on our website.
So if I go back here and leave the preview mode, reload our page, you now see Google
Analytics is installed and Google Tag Manager. Now, don’t worry if those are not green. This
just means that it’s a nonstandard implementation since you have done it through Google Tag
Manager. But your data is still safely sent and received by Google Analytics.Now you have
seen that we have gone through quite some steps in order to set this up with Google
Tag Manager. The big advantage to this setup is that you will be more flexible once you
want to do customization and really get into advanced tracking techniques. Because not
only can you deploy easily Google Analytics, but also your facebook pixel, Google Ads tracking,
conversion tracking, or even set up certain triggers that trigger on interactions such
as a button click or when something comes into view, or form Submit. So very versatile
when it comes to expanding your tracking beyond the scope of just deploying a tracking code
like Google Analytics onto your page. It also decouples what you set up in your WordPress
installation. So if you ever wonder what tracking code is firing where you would be able to
look this up in your central tracking tool which is in this case, Google Tag Manager.
So for me, setting up Google Analytics through Google Tag Manager is the best way to set
up Google Analytics as it brings a lot of advantages of expanding our tracking later
on.All right, so there you have it. This is how you can install Google Analytics onto
your WordPress website. I showed you three ways. One is the plugin. One is to install
and hard code, essentially, the code onto your theme file, and then the deployment through
Google Tag Manager. Now, I made it already clear that I prefer the more hard way of doing
things, which is the deployment through Google Tag Manager just because it makes me more
flexible later on. If I want to install the Facebook pixel or Google Ads tracking later
on, then I’d be able to do this seamlessly through Google Tag Manager. There are a lot
of advantages. And if you want to find out more about Google Tag Manager, we actually
have a Google Tag Manager for beginners course up right here that you can view and learn
more about now. I’d love to hear from you. Which implementation method did you pick?
Or will you change your implementation method right now onto your WordPress website? Let
me know in the comments down below. And as always, if you liked this video, why not give
us a thumbs up and also subscribe to our channel right over there because we bring you new
videos just like this one every week. Now, my name is Julian till next time.

12 thoughts on “The best way to Install Google Analytics on to a WordPress Website?

  1. I like to use the GTM method but now instead of pasting the code into the header.php file, I hook into the wp_head() and wp_body_open() actions in the functions.php file.

    If you are using a third-party theme do remember to make your changes in a child theme!

  2. Google Tag Manager is ideal, because then you have a great deal of control over what's tracked.

    But I also sometimes install the Exact Metrics plugin. That plugin includes options to track form submissions, tel and mailto clicks, doc downloads etc as events in Analytics, which makes it easy to set up Goals based on those events without needing to use GTM.

    I don't use the Monster Insight plugin because by default it doesn't track form submissions as events, you have to pay extra for that.

  3. GTM is the better way to go in the long run. I use a zero-code method via a plugin (pretty sure it's called Head, Footer and Post Injections). Another user here said 5.2 finally released a hook for the opening body tag though, so I'm definitely going to go that route from now on.

  4. Is this part of Digital marketing or Product Management? A thin line divides the two and the people working in this overlapping region from these 2 teams have issues, so this forms part of which one – digital marketing or product management?

  5. thanks for the video and advices. To install Google Tag Mananger on your website do you recommand to implement the script like you did or use a plugni such as "Google tag Manager for wordpress" ? thanks ahead

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