Wouldn’t it be nice to know how many people actually visited your blog each day? How about knowing which of your posts are the most popular? Well surprisingly Blogger doesn’t currently offer any native blog analytics but fortunately there is Google Analytics — available for free.
Google Analytics is a great tool that will show you all sorts of useful information about how people found your blog, keywords they searched on to find you, where they came from and even how long they stayed. You’ll learn more about where your visitors come from and how they interact with your blog. This is a must tool if you are trying to build a profitable blog otherwise you are flying blind!
This article will show you how to add Google Analytics to your Blogger blog. It’s a fairly simple process and doesn’t require any technical skill at all.
Create an Account with Google Analytic
- Go to Google Analytics, click the Sign-Up Now link on top right corner of the page and sign in to your Google Account.
- On the next page click the Sign up button.
- Next supply all the necessary details -account name, blog URL you wish to track, time zone, data sharing preferences, and your country or territory.
- Read the terms of service and tick the “Yes, I agree to the above terms and conditions” checkbox.
- Click Create Account button and you’ll be taken to Tracking Code Configuration tab.
- The next step is to find the Web Property ID (a.k.a UA number) -a unique ID given to the account you just created. Disregard all other items in this tab, the only thing you need is the UA number.
- Copy the UA number as you’ll need to paste it later on.
Install It on Blogger
- If you are using the new Blogger interface, click the dropdown menu next to the name of the blog you wish to track and navigate to Settings > Other > Google Analytics. (For old interface, go to Settings > Basic > Google Analytics Web Property ID).
- Paste in the UA number into the Google Analytics Web Property ID text box.
- Click Save Settings.
Adding Track Code
This is a two-step process. First you need to register the Web Property ID with Blogger, and then import the tracking code into your template.
- The following <include> tag will import your GA tracking code into your blog:
<b:include name='google-analytics' data='blog'/>
If you are using a latest Layout or Dynamic Views template from Template Designer gallery, you can skip the following steps because it already has the <include> tag built-in. The same applies to mobile templates.
But if you are using an older Layout template or a third party template you might need to add it into your template manually. Here’s how:
- Go to Blogger Dashboard> Template > Edit HTML (for old interface it’s Design > Edit HTML) and locate the </body> tag.
- Insert the code right above the tag (if the code isn’t already there).
- Save your template and you're done.
Assuming you pasted the code in there as instructed above, GA will find the new code and begin tracking everything on your blog. If you are still having problems, it’s most likely something to do with GA and you should read their help guide to troubleshoot your problem.
The message seen here, “Waiting for Data” means you have correctly setup GA and data is being gathered! Click on the top left Google Analytics logo and it will take you back to your dashboard. From there click on the “View report” link and that’s where all your very important Blogger visitor data will start appearing!
Now it usually takes an hour or so before you will see any data (maybe longer if you don’t get much traffic to your blog) so please be patient. Trust me, you’ll be logging in at least once a day just to see how much traffic your blog is getting. It’s very addicting and powerful information to learn from. You’ll be surprised which posts are your most popular and what countries people are coming from to read your blog.
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