Are you ready to take Google Analytics for a test drive? Whether you were recently inspired from our latest article to start a blog about (web) analytics or you already have a blog, it’s time to sit in the driver’s seat and take Google Analytics for a spin.
Before we go into detail about how to set up Google Analytics for each of the most popular free web hosted sites, make sure you have your Google Analytics driver’s license first. Without one, none of the following steps will work for you.
Now that you’re ready, let’s drive through various Google Analytics’ setups.
Uh, oh! WordPress.COM is a dead-end for Google Analytics. Unfortunately, for those of you who have the free version of WordPress (.com instead of .org), Google Analytics is not yet available to you. Either you’ll have to stick with WordPress’s own statistics or use another tool/plugin for your website.
Depending on what theme you have on Tumblr, you’ll either have a smooth ride setting up Google Analytics or a slightly bumpy one. Tumblr has various themes on its site, so if you’re lucky enough to have the default theme or some of its select themes, all you have to do to set up Google Analytics is
1. Go to your dashboard on Tumblr
2. Click “Customize” on the far right column of information
3. Scroll all the way down on the left column
4. Under “Theme Options,” you’ll see “Google Analytics ID”
5. Enter your Google Analytics ID, save your changes, and you’re done
If you find that the previous five steps don’t work or aren’t available to you, check out Tumblr’s awesome guide on how to set up Google Analytics.
Aw, man. Another road block for free users. Wix, just like WordPress, does not allow a Google Analytics integration to its free sites. Free Wix users will have to upgrade their website to premium services, choose another platform to play with web analytics, or use other apps for website statistics (such as Addfreestats).
Much like Tumblr, Blogger has any extremely easy way to add tracking to your blog. All you have to do is
- Go into your blog’s “Settings”
- Scroll all the way to the bottom of the left navigation and click “Other”
- Scroll all the way down the page until you see Google Analytics
- Copy your Google Analytics Tracking ID into the box that says “Analytics Web Property ID”
Thankfully for Blogger, those four steps are a fool-proof method. No worrying about which theme you have or anything else. Straight forward and to the point.
Once you’re logged into Postach.io and have your Google Analytics ID copied, there are three simple steps to connecting to Google Analytics:
- Click the “Edit Site” icon (pencil) on your site’s dashboard
- Under “Details” (It defaults you to this section), scroll all the way down until you see “Google Analytics Code”
- Paste your Google Analytics ID in the box, and click “Update Site Details” at the bottom of the page
Setting up Google Analytics on these sites is starting to sound like a song on repeat.
Much like the last couple of sites, Blog.com has a straightforward and easy Google Analytics integration.
- Go into your Blog.com dashboard
- Click “Blog Stats” under the “Tools” section in the left nav
- Choose “Enabled” for Google Analytics Service
- Press “Authenticate Account”
- Paste your Google Analytics tracking ID into the “Tracking Code” box
- Save your changes
HubPages might have a drawn out process of setting up your Google Analytics account with your site, but let’s break it down and make it easy for you:
- Go to “My Account” under your name on the top nav
- Click “Earnings” at the top of the page (It’s right next to the default “Hubs”)
- Scroll down to “Reporting Settings”
- Click “Get started” for the Google Analytics program
- Check “Yes” for the question “Do you have a Google Analytics account?”
- Paste your Google Analytics tracking ID into the box and save
In case you skipped the step about setting up a Google Analytics account, HubPages, as nice as they are, give you links to tutorials on how to set up a Google Analytics Account and find the information you need to copy over to your HubPages account.
OK, now it’s time to change gears with Weebly for Google Analytics setup. While the free site will allow you use Google Analytics, it’s not as easy as copy-pasting your tracking ID into a box. So let’s go over in detail what you’ll need to do for Weebly:
- Login to your Google Analytics account and click “Admin” at the top of the page
- Make sure you see the account name and property associated with your website; otherwise, change both sections to reflect the appropriate website
- Click “Tracking Info” under Property (the second column)
- Select “Tracking Code”
- Copy paste all that’s in the box under “This is your tracking code. Copy and paste it into the code of every page you want to track.”
- Go to your Weebly Settings
- Click “SEO” on the left navigation
- Paste your tracking code into the box that says “Header Code”
- Save and publish your site
Now, that wasn’t too bad, was it?
While you won’t be able to have too many pages on your free Webs account, if you do choose to have Google Analytics tracking on this site, it’s almost the exact same steps as Weebly.
- Do steps 1-5 from Weebly.com
- Click “Dashboard” on the top nav
- Click “Settings” on the left nav
- Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and paste your tracking code into the box that says “Google Analytics (optional)”
- Save your settings
So Webs’ Google Analytics setup IS like Weebly.
Last but not least, Medium. One of the newer and really popular blog sites out there, Medium surprisingly won’t let you connect Google Analytics to your account. I guess being connected to social accounts is enough to let you know what’s up with your content. We’ll get more on if focusing solely on social analytics and forgoing Google Analytics is what you should really be doing. But more on that in a later post.
To recap, most of the free blog sites fall into one of three categories: no access to Google Analytics (unless there’s a premium version of the site), simple access to Google Analytics by copy/pasting a Google Analytics ID, or copy/pasting tracking code into the header of your free blog site.
I hope this post helped those of you out there who wanted Google Analytics connected to your free hosted website. If I didn’t include a website on here that you’d like to know more about (for Google Analytics or other web analytics plugins/connections), let me know in the comments or on Twitter @Amplytics.
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Whether you were inspired to create your own blog for web analytics or you wanted to start analyzing web analytics for your free website, you’ve come to the right place. So let’s learn how to set up Google Analytics on the following free platforms for websites and blogs.
Unfortunately, for those of you who have the free version of WordPress (.com instead of .org), Google Analytics is not yet available to you. Either you’ll have to stick with WordPress’s own statistics or use another tool for your free website.
Depending on what theme you have, you’ll either have one of the easiest times connecting Google Analytics or a not-so-easy time. Given that you have the default or one of the many Tumblr themes that allows you to paste your Google Analytics ID directly into