How to Install Google Analytics in WordPress in 5 mins

Google Analytics in WordPress

Google Analytics is a tool that allows you to analyze your website traffic to see how many visitors you’re getting, where they are coming from, what pages they are visiting most, and so much more.

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Set-Up Google Analytics

First things first, Google Analytics is available for free, and all you need is a Google account to sign up.

We need to visit Google Analytics sign-up; therefore, we go to Google.com/analytics.

Click on the button “Start for free.”

Visit Google Analytics
Visit Google Analytics

The setup wizard will ask you to log in with your Google account. If you already have a Google or Gmail account, then you can use that to sign in. Otherwise, you can go ahead and create a Google account for yourself.

Sign in with your Google Account
Sign in with your Google Account

Once you sign in with your Google account, you will be prompted to this welcome screen. Click on “Start measuring.”

Account Setup

After that, you will be asked to provide an account name. I’ll enter WP STAGING here. Google will use this account name internally so that you can use anything like your real name or business name. Make sure that all checkboxes are selected and click on next.

Property Setup

On the next screen, the property details, you need to enter your website name, time zone, and currency. Since my test website is “tutorial.wp-staging.com,” I enter “Tutorial WP STAGING” here.

At this point, it is crucial to take a look at the “Advanced Options” and click on “Create a Universal Analytics property.”

The "Create a Universal Analytics property" Button
The “Create a Universal Analytics property” Button

Google has been offering two different tracking models. The old model is called “Universal Analytics” and the new “Google Analytics 4“.

Google Analytics 4 and Universal Analytics
Google Analytics 4 and Universal Analytics

The new model offers the advantage of tracking the traffic in Android and iOS apps.
However, this new model is of no interest to us, as our WordPress website is not an app.

MonsterInsights, the plugin that we will install in the next step, cannot establish a connection when both the Google Analytics 4 and Universal Analytics Codes are created, so we need to select the second option: “Create a Universal Analytics property only. ”

To confirm the selection, enter the URL of our website. Pay attention to the beginning of your URL and choose HTTPS:// if your site has an SSL certificate.

Choose between HTTP and HTTPS.
Choose Between HTTP and HTTPS

About your Business

In the next setup step, Google asks for some information about your company to better assign and process the data. Enter your industry, select the number of employees and choose what you would like to use Google Analytics for. At this point, I’ll select all the possible answers.

Terms of Service Agreement

Once you have entered this information, click on the Next button. You will now see the Google Analytics Terms of Service Agreement and the data processing conditions of Google Analytics, which you must agree to. So click on the “I agree” button.

Google Analytics Terms of Service
Google Analytics Terms of Service

Google Analytics Tracking code

Now Google will present you with your Google Analytics tracking code.
I suggest leaving the analytics browser tab open as you may need to revisit it to copy the tracking code once you have installed the plugin on your WordPress site.

Google Analytics Tracking ID
Google Analytics Tracking ID

Install Google Analytics on your WordPress Website

Now that you have set up a Google Analytics account let’s look at installing Google Analytics on WordPress.

Install the Plugin MonsterInsights

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the MonsterInsights plugin. Open the Plugin Repository by clicking on Plugins > Add New.

The MonsterInsights Plugin
The MonsterInsights Plugin

MonsterInsights is the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. Over 3 million websites use it. Let’s get started.

Upon activation, the plugin will open the MonsterInsights dashboard. Click on “Launch the Wizard.”

Click on the “Launch the Wizard” Button

First, MonsterInsights asks to choose a category for your website (a business website, blog, or online store). Select one and then click on the Save and Continue button.

Next, you need to click on the ‘Connect MonsterInsights’ button.

Click on the "Connect MonsterInsights" button
Click on the “Connect MonsterInsights” Button

This click will bring up a popup to select your Google account. Make sure that you choose the account that you used to create the Google Analytics account.

Sign in with your Google Account
Choose your Google Account

Next, MonsterInsights asks you to allow access to your Google Analytics account.

Click on the ‘Allow’ button to continue.

The final step is to select the profile you want to track. Select your website and then click on the ‘Complete Connection’ button to continue.

Select the Google profile you want to track
Select the Google Profile that you want to Track

MonsterInsights will now install Google Analytics on your website. After that, MonsterInsights asks you to select the recommended settings for your website.

The default settings would work for most websites. If you use an affiliate link plugin, you need to add the path you use to cloak affiliate links. This setting will allow you to track your affiliate links in Google Analytics.

Next, MonsterInsights will show you paid add-ons that you can access if you upgrade to PRO. You can click on the ‘Save and Continue’ button to skip this step.

After that, MonsterInsights asks you to install the WPForms plugin, which is indeed a good WordPress contact form plugin. Check out our article to learn how to create a good-looking contact form easily. For now, click on Skip this Step.

The MonsterInsights Plugin
The MonsterInsights Plugin

That’s all. You have successfully installed and set up Google Analytics on your WordPress site. Remember, it will take Google Analytics some time before showing your stats.

Google Analytics Report

To view your Google Analytics reports inside your WordPress dashboard, visit Insights > Reports to check out a quick overview of your analytics data.

Click on Insights > Reports
Click on Insights > Reports

Popular Posts

It also comes with a Popular Posts addon that allows you to show your top-performing content to boost your traffic & pageviews.

Click on Insights > Popular Posts
Click on Insights > Popular Posts

Verify that Google Analytics is Running Fine

After we have connected Google Analytics with WordPress, we check whether Google Analytics is running correctly.

Zero Active Google Analytic Users
Zero Active Google Analytic Users

Open an incognito window in your browser and type in your website domain. Then refresh the dashboard in Google Analytics. Now you should see that there is one active user on your website. This one user indicates that we have set up Google Analytics correctly.

One Active Google Analytic Users
One Active Google Analytic Users

That’s all – have fun reading your Google Analytics metrics.
~ Lennard – Team WP STAGING