Learn Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a tool to measure your website's traffic using the world's most advanced tracking platform.

• Last Updated: 07/03/2020
• ( 6 minutes reading )

How to set up a Google Analytics account


Google Analytics is a suite of tools that allows you to track and analyze your site data and user activity. It gathers the data by a JavaScript code snippet inserted into the header of all your website pages. Among its significant advantages is that it is entirely free, and it can be integrated into any website or web app.

Google Analytics provides a wide range of information systemized in the form of statistic reposts that can be divided into five main aspects:

  • Website Audience - You will be provided with demographical, geographical, and technical user information, such as access location, browser and device type, language detected, and more.
  • Realtime Monitoring - One of the great advantages is that you can monitor in realtime how your visitors interact with your website - which pages are they viewing, how long do they stay on a particular page, and so on.
  • Traffic Volumes - You will be able to see when exactly your visitors are accessing your website on an hourly, daily, and monthly basis.
  • Traffic Origin - You can acquire information on how your visitors found your website. For instance, they might be coming from search engines, like Google, from direct links, referral links, social media, etc.
  • User Interaction - You will be able to understand how visitors interact with your website content - what pages they view most, which links they click, and more.

All this information is extremely valuable in terms of improving your content, marketing strategies, website design, and functionalities. If you learn how to analyze these statistics and put them to good use, you will be able to enhance some of the most critical aspects of your website. Let's give you a few general examples applicable to standard websites.

  • Design - By analyzing the most common devices and screen resolution, you can put your efforts into optimizing your website design interface and user experience specifically for them. Furthermore, you can detect some functionality issues, which require your attention and actions.
  • Content Strategy - The information about the posts, pages, and articles' views will come really handy for planning your content strategy. You can base your future content topics on these statistics taking into consideration which are the most popular ones.
  • Marketing Campaigns and Advertisement - Whether you are running paid campaigns or not, it is vitally important to know which are the channels bringing the most traffic to your website. With this information, you will able to focus on the campaigns showing the most significant results.
  • Decreasing bounceback rates - When you determine what type of content or topics are not popular among your visitors, you can eliminate or improve it.

As you can see, all these details will help you to base your future website development and campaigns on actual facts. This is always a better practice compared to replying to hypothetical propositions or guesses.

In this tutorial, we will introduce the very first step you need to take if you plan to integrate Google Analytics into your website. Regardless of the type of site, you are running or how exactly you are planning to integrate it into it, for a start, you have to set up your Google Analytics account.


Setting Up Google Analytics Account

As the name suggests, Google Analytics is supported by Google. Therefore, all you need to do in order to set up your account is an existing Gmail account. We trust you have one, however, if you do not, you will be prompted to create a new one during the setup.

To begin, you need to go to Google Analytics. Once land on the page, you will be presented with a signup form where you need to input your existing email address. Alternatively, you can click on the "Create account" option and proceed with Gmail creation.


Sign up to Google Analytics


As soon as you sign in, please click on the blue "Set up for free" button in the middle of the screen.


Set Up Google Analytics Account


Within the first step, you will be required to enter the "Account name". This is only for your reference, so you can enter whatever you find convenient. Note that Google Analytics allows you to manage multiple websites. If that's the plan, you can use something more generic suitable for all of them.


Google Analytics Account Name


Right below, you will find the data sharing settings that allow you to control what type of information Google can acquire from your website(s). If you do not feel comfortable sharing a specific kind of data, please make sure to untick the corresponding checkbox.

When ready, please click on the "Next" button.


Google Analytics Data Sharing Settings


In the second step, you have to choose whether you will measure a website, web app, or both. Note that the "Both" option is still in beta at this point. We trust, in most cases, you will have to select the "Web" option.

When ready, please click on the "Next" button at the bottom.


Google Analytics Measure Website Option


In the last third step, you have to configure your website details, such as name, domain name, industry, and reporting timezone. Please pay attention to the protocol selected for "Website URL" and make sure it matches your website configuration - whether it resolves over the HTTP or the HTTPS protocol.

Once ready, please click on the "Create" button to continue.


Configure Website Details in Google Analytics


Afterward, you will be presented with Google Analytics' Terms of Service and Google Measurement Controller-Controller Data Protection Terms. To finalize the creation of the process, you have to tick the checkboxes and click on the "I Accept" button.


Google Analytics Terms


Upon doing that, you will be presented with your tracking ID and the JavaScript code needed in case you decide to integrate Google Analytics manually into your website.


Google Analytics Tracking ID


With his done, your account is set up, and you have gathered the information required for the configuration. Now you are ready to step into actually adding Google Analytics to your website.


We trust you have managed to easily set up your Google Analytics account, following our instructions. We hope you will quickly learn how to get the most of it and put your efforts into significantly improving your website's overall performance.



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