Thursday, November 16, 2006

Google Analytics to your Blog!

Google Analytics is a powerfull online free tool by Google, which helps you track your web site's visitors. It provides many information, like the reffering source for where the visitors came to your site, or where do they live, what browser or operating system do they use, how many of them visited back your web site and more. Now to the point:
  1. Visit Analytics site and sign up using your Google account (if you do not have one, you will be promted to create one).
  2. After that, sign in and click the "add website profile" button.
  3. Enter the URL of your blog and click next.
  4. Google gives you a tracking javascript code to place to your blog.
  5. Sign in to blogger and open the edit template window.
  6. Go to the end of the template code and find the < /body > tag.
  7. Place the code exactly before the < /body > tag (this is recommended for the tracking to work properly).
  8. After you place the code, click save settings and republish your blog for the changes to take effect.
  9. Now go to Google analytics again and click done. After clicking done the main page of your analytics account loads, where you can see that the tracking is installed, and that analytics is waiting for data from your site. Usually it takes up to 24 hours for the first data to appear in anlytics. After that data are updated every 8-10 hours. That means that you can not see with Google Analytics how many users are online in your site at a specific moment.
That's all. When you want to see information about your site visitors, sign in to Google Analytics, and click on your site's URL.

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