Google Analytics is one of the most advanced free website traffic tracking software. When you create a GA account and generate the tracking code for your site, you must add this tracking code to your WP website else you won’t be able to see what are the most popular pages on your website, how much time a page takes to load in the browser, from which countries do your site gets most traffic and more. Why use Google Analytics? If you study the reports GA shows, you can discover the drawbacks of your website, improve the revenue, keep your site safe, etc.
There are two ways to add GA tracking code to a WordPress site and to be honest both methods are easy. Let’s have a look at both methods:
Inserting GA code without a plugin
Use the best WordPress Google Analytics plugin for WordPress
The WordPress repository has 50+ GA plugins. Here is the list of best WP GA extensions among the lot:
Site Kit by Google: This plugin by Google can not only insert GA code in the pages of your website but also allows you to track the site’s search performance, AdSense revenue, etc. To use it, you must sign in to your Google account with this extension and configure its options as per your requirements. Google Site Kit has 1+ million users.
Monster Insights: Monster Insights ships with a nice settings wizard and allows you to see the GA data in the WP dashboard. Monster Insights comes with a popular posts widget. This widget shows the site’s most popular post, according to Google Analytics data.
Analytify: This plugin not only shows GA tracking data in the WP dashboard but also comes with advanced options such as – anonymize IP addresses, track demographics & interests, 404 errors, and more.
Conclusion: Google Analytics is one of the most useful tools for website owners. Despite being free software, it gives you access to many reports of your website. If you own a WP site, you can install GA on your website by following the steps or by using a plugin that we’ve covered above.