Setting Up Google Analytics for a WordPress Site on GoDaddy – Step-by-Step Guide
Most bloggers will tell you that without a proper analytics setup, you’re throwing money away on useless traffic. Truth is, having a proper analytics set up can do wonders for your blog. For example, you can find out which content is working and which isn’t.
Let’s do a step-by-step guide on how to set up Google Analytics for a WordPress blog on GoDaddy.
Set Up The Free Domain Name
The first thing you need to do is set up the free domain name for your blog. You can use Google Domains to seamlessly manage your domain names, which will also give you access to Google Analytics.
When you set up your free domain name with Google Domains, you’ll be asked to verify your website. After you verify it, you’ll be able to login and start using the Google Analytics interface.
Don’t worry too much about the domain name. You can always buy a cheap domain name from a reputable company like GoDaddy or Namecheap. Don’t waste your time and efforts trying to build a name for your blog when you can use a popular one. There’s a reason why domains like GitHub, Lyft, and Instagram are so popular – they’re known for their usability and user-friendliness, which makes it easy for people to find and remember the brand.
Installing WordPress To The Root Folder
After you set up the free domain name, you need to install WordPress to the root folder of the domain. The root folder of the domain is considered to be the starting point of the site — it’s where all of the files are located when you visit the site in a browser. In order for WordPress to work, it must be installed to the root folder of the domain.
To do this, you must first purchase a hosting plan from GoDaddy. Then, you’ll be able to install WordPress to the root folder of your domain using an automated tool from GoDaddy. The tool will also give you a sample site to look at while installing WordPress to ensure everything goes smoothly.
After you install WordPress to the root folder of your domain, you need to take a few minutes to set up your blog’s dashboard. From the preview screen, you can see that the dashboard is where all of the blog’s information is stored. This includes posts, categories, comments, and more. You’ll want to set this up once you’ve installed WordPress to the root folder of your domain.
Login To Your Blogger Account
After you’ve installed WordPress to the root folder of your domain, you need to login to your blogger account. Your blogger account is the account you use to post articles to your blog. Once you’ve logged in, you can access your blog’s dashboard to create and post content. You can also click on the Google Analytics icon on the blogger dashboard to access the Google Analytics interface. This is where you’ll be able to set up your blog’s analytics tracking.
Creating A New Blog Post
After you’ve logged in to your blog’s dashboard, you can click on the New Post button to create a new blog post. When you click on this button, a blank post page will load in your browser. On this page, you’ll be able to write the content for your new blog post. You can add a header, featured image, and plenty of content to your post before publishing it.
You may want to download the Google Analytics app to your phone so you can take your time creating a blog post on the go. You can use the Google Analytics app to find out what readers are clicking on the most in your content and find areas where you need to improve.
Adding Google Analytics To Your Blog Post
Now that you have a blog post loaded in your browser, you need to add Google Analytics to it. This is easy to do. Simply click on the little camera icon at the top of the post area in your browser. This will open up a box where you can input your tracking code. You can copy and paste this code from Google Analytics into the box on your blog post.
After you’ve copied and pasted the tracking code from Google Analytics, click on the Save icon at the top of the post area. This will save your post with the tracking code embedded in the text. You don’t have to save the post in order to add the tracking code, but you can if you want to reuse this post in the future.
Adding Google Fonts To Your Blog
You can add Google Fonts to your blog as part of the steps above, but it’s easier to do it from the dashboard. Once you’ve logged in to your blogger account, you’ll see your blog’s dashboard. Click on the Edit button next to the title of your blog to open up the WordPress editor.
From here, you can click on the Fonts icon and select the fonts you’d like to use from a drop-down menu. You can also click on the gear icon next to the fonts to edit the styles used by your blog. Once you’ve added your preferred fonts, you can click on the Save icon at the top of the editor to publish your changes.
Configuring Your Google Analytics Settings
With your blog post published, you need to click on the gear icon next to the Google Analytics widget on your blog’s sidebar. This will open up your blog’s dashboard where you can configure your Google Analytics settings. You can also access these settings from the Google Analytics app (if you’ve added it to your phone) or from your browser.
When you first login to your Google Analytics dashboard, you’ll be prompted to create a new profile. After you’ve created a new profile, you can set the date range you’d like to track from and to. Be sure to include the start date and end date in your selection. You can also choose whether you want to track traffic from social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter.
You can use the profile selector at the top of the dashboard to switch between your existing Google Analytics accounts. This will help you keep all of your analytics data in one place. Don’t worry too much about the settings above. There’s a nice GUI that will make configuring your Google Analytics easy.
Checking The Stats
Once you’ve set up your Google Analytics account, you can click on the Stats icon on the dashboard to access your blog’s statistics. This is where you can see readership and traffic data for your blog. You can click on any of the bars to see more detailed information for that statistic. The stats tab will also display the number of pages viewed, the time spent on each page, and the average time spent on the site. You can use this data to determine the value of your blog.
This is also where you can set the conversion rates for your blog. When someone lands on your blog’s page and makes a purchase or takes some other action, you’ll be able to track which content led to that action in the stats. This will help you determine the effectiveness of different blog posts and the value of your blog overall.
Finding Your Blog’s Value
Most bloggers will tell you that the value of their blog can be found in the stats. However, this is a broad generalization. Your blog’s value will depend on a number of factors. For example, what’s the current state of your blog? Is it new or has it been around for a while? What’s your target audience?
If you have a new blog, it may take some time to establish yourself and gain some traction. Your blog’s value will depend on how much effort you’re willing to put into it. Creating high-quality content on a regular basis is the key to establishing yourself as an authority in your niche.
Make Sure You Keep Up With Google Algorithms Changes
Keep up with any changes made to the Google algorithms. These changes can impact the search results for your blog, and it’s important to keep up with them. This is easily done by subscribing to Google’s algorithm alerts.
When you subscribe to these alerts, you’ll receive notifications when there are major algorithm changes that affect the search results for your blog. You can then adjust your content to fit these updated search results.
Some examples of algorithm changes include the Penguin update, which penalizes websites that engage in link-building and keyword stuffing, and the Panda update, which promotes high-quality content.