Monitoring traffic to your blog
Ideas on Europe is integrated with Google Analytics providing blog owners with a sophisticated means of monitoring traffic to their blog (see below for an installation guide).
If you’d prefer not use Google Analytics other services such as Stat Counter perform a similar role. For guidance on how to setup your blog with StatCounter please refer to this article: http://statcounter.com/wordpress.com/
Installing Google Analytics
Ideas on Europe is now integrated with Google Analytics, providing blog owners with a sophisticated means of monitoring traffic to their blog. The following guide explains how to configure your Ideas on Europe blog with Google Analytics.
Create a Google Analytics account
To enable Google Analytics to start monitoring traffic to your blog you will need a tracking code, this can be obtained from the Google Analytics website. If you already have a Google account, then you’ll be able to access the Google Analytics administration area very easily – just type in your username and password into the login form. If you don’t have a Google account then you’ll need to create one first (there is a link from the Google Analytics homepage which will enable you to do so).
Setting up your account in Google Analytics
If you are not already tracking a website, the first thing you’ll need to do is create an account in Google Analytics. Head to the admin area by clicking on the ‘Admin’ link situated at the top of your screen in the horizontal menu. You will then be presented with three columns. In the left most column labeled ‘Account’ there is a drop-down menu; click on this and choose ‘Create New Account’.
- At a minimum you will need to complete the following fields in the presented form:
- Account Name
- Website Name
- Website URL Select http:// from the drop-down menu and then enter your blog’s URL (eg. blogname.ideasoneurope.eu) If you are unsure about the exact name of your blog’s URL, navigate to your blog and look in the address bar of your site.
After completing the form click the ‘Get Tracking ID’ button at the bottom of the page. You will then be redirected to a new page which displays a unique tracking code. Make a note of this number.
Adding the tracking code to your blog
Open a new browser window and head to Ideas onEurope. Log in to the administration area of your blog.
Look for the Settings tab along the left-hand side of the screen and click this to reveal further options; select ‘Google Analytics’ from the list of options. Paste your Analytics ID into the provided form and click save.
That’s it – your blog is now registered with Google Analytics. One thing to note is that it can take up to 24 hours before your tracking code is recognised.
For further information on how to use Google Analytics please refer to the Google Analytics documentation.