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|How Google Analytics Works - Measure
Your Websites Traffic Performance
By TaSha Franklin
Create an account
will need to create a free Google
or simply type Google Analytics into your search engine. If you already
Gmail account, than you already have a username and password for Google. Once you're logged in to
your account, sign
up for Analytics. You will be asked a few questions, your URL address,
Time zone, and name. Next it will ask you what you're tracking. You
options. The most common is set to default, A single Domain. Read all
options and see what pertains to you. Next you will need to copy and
code on the right to your page. I suggest that you first copy and paste
a notepad, or word document. Somewhere you can save it.
on which Web Editor you're
using, you will need to paste this code within your html codes for your
page. For example, the Web Editor I use has a page view for "Source",
which will show all the code for that page. All you need to do is find
says </head> (at the beginning of your page there will be
an opening tag
<head> and then the closing tag </head>).
Paste the code immediately before
tag <head/>. Once pasted, save, and that's it. Back at
make sure you save and finish. It will take about 24 hours for Google
tracking your visitors.
Using Google Analytics
your account has been created,
and you allow 24 hours to pass, the tracking will begin. From your
overview, click the account you would like to view. Than View Report.
take you to your Dashboard, which is filled with wonderful information.
you can see how many visitors you've had. Also, if you View Report
Sources Overview, this will show you exactly where your visitors came
they came directly to your site, or through a referring site. This tool
help you decide how to prioritize your time. For example, if EzineArticles
sending most of your visitors, maybe spend some more time writing
if they're from a forum site, spend more time posting reply's or asking
questions. This can be a HUGE help when you're trying to decide what to
Besides prioritizing, you can also learn your website's Bounce Rate,
Time a visitor spends on your site, all helpful tools that will light
to improvement. Good Luck!
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