The wait is over! Starting July 27, you can track the performance of your Writedge and DailyTwoCents articles via Google Analytics. With Google Analytics, you can see detailed demographics and nature of your audience, in addition to everyone’s favorite – individual post counters.
How to Integrate Google Analytics to WritEdge and DailyTwoCents
If you haven’t used Google Analytics for any website earlier, you will be shown the Sign Up page. Click on it.
On the page that follows, you will be asked to enter an account name and a website name.
For new users who did not have an account on GA previously (does not apply to users who already have a profile with Google Analytics)
For users who already have an account on Google Analytics, start by creating a new account or by creating a new property on any of your existing accounts. For this, go the “Admin” tab and click on the drop-down menu under “Property”.
For users who have already made an account on GA previously (this does not apply to new GA users)
In the account name, enter your name. For the website name, enter Writedge followed by your Writedge username. It does not matter what you choose for the names as long as you remember that you are tracking your Writedge posts from this property. Note that these names don’t need to be exact usernames and real names. What matters is the website address.
Under the text box that says website address, enter your Writedge profile URL: http://writedge.com/profile/(your-username)
In case of DailyTwoCents or other websites, enter your corresponding profile URL for that website. It is also possible to put just the website address (e.g. http://writedge.com) and not the full profile URL, but entering your profile address makes things easier for you later when going through the reports. It is mandatory if you have multiple accounts on the same website.
Select the industry according to the type of posts you regularly write.
Choose the reporting time zone as Eastern Time. This will make the reporting consistent between the daily updates of Writedge and the reports being tracked by your Google Analytics account.
Click on “Get Tracking ID”
On the following page, you will be given a few lines of code along with a tracking number. The number starts with UA and looks like this: UA-12345678-1. All you need is this tracking number. Copy it. Note that the tracking info page will show that the tracking code has not been installed (because, obviously).
Now go to your Writedge profile dashboard on http://writedge.com/wp-admin/profile.php
There is a text box asking for the Google Analytics tracking number. Just paste the code into the box and click on “Update Profile”.
Everything is done!
How To Check If Your Tracking ID is Working Properly
The easiest way to see if Google Analytics is tracking your pages is to see the real-time views. In your Google Analytics Reporting dashboard, click on Real Time > Overview. Now open any of your scrolls written by you. That page should be shown being opened in your GA dashboard.
Remember that Google Analytics does not show full reports until after 2 days. It will still show no tracking installed even after you have entered the tracking ID. You need to wait 2 more days for it to function properly. That means, for today’s report on parameters like keywords and page views, you will have to wait until the day after tomorrow.
What Can You Track With Google Analytics
With the introduction of Google Analytics on Writedge, you can see numbers of individual parameters and get to know more about your audience.
Individual Post Counters: See how many visits you have had on your individual articles at Behavior > Site Content > All Pages
Incoming Keywords: See what keywords the visitors are typing on search engines to arrive on your posts at Acquisition > Campaign > Organic Keywords
See your visitors in real time at Real Time > Overview
See what social network links you the most at Acquisition > Social > Overview. This will also provide you with the individual Pinterest pins that send you traffic.
See what country your visitors are from at Demographics > Overview