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by Anna Lewis on 1st March 2011
Before I start, I’d just like to say Hi, I’m Anna Spear (soon to be Lewis!). I work as a Search Specialist and Website Analyst at Koozai. I love spreadsheets and delving in to data, so I’ll be here as the resident Analytics bod. Any requests for future posts – let me know!
This is my first blog post here so I wanted to start at the beginning and look at how you should set up a Google Analytics for your site. Whilst targeting those just starting out, this post should also be useful for people who’ve been using Google Analytics for years as a gentle reminder of some essential things.
First things first, how many websites do you have and how many top level domains are there within this?
If you have just one domain, everything is nice and simple. When you have more than one domain you need to ensure that each top level domain has its own Account. A top level domain is the main part of any domain, for example, impactmedia.co.uk and impactmedia.com are completely separate top level domains and should each have their own Google Analytics Account but blog.impactmedia.co.uk comes under the top level domain impactmedia.co.uk.
- Use one Account per top level domain
- Do not use one Account for more than one domain
- Each Account can only link to one AdWords Account
- Users can have access many Accounts
- Each user can only set up 25 Accounts
- Don’t ever think that something isn’t possible in GA
Let’s get started!
If you haven’t already got a Google Account, set one up here. It’s best to use your company email rather than a GMail account.
If you’ve never logged in to Analytics before, click here to start.
When you’re logged in to Google Analytics you can start setting up your Accounts. Here’s how:
1. From the Analytics Accounts page click ‘+Add New Account’
2. Fill in all the sign up details, making sure you change Time Zone Country (UK) and Time Zone (London) depending where client website is based, these cannot be changed later:
You are then given the code to use on site, which you need to copy and add to every site of your website just before the tag. Before you add the code, make sure you’ve selected the relevant option on the left-hand side, here you can set whether the code should be for one top level domains, if you have subdomains or if you need any other customisation. But as discussed earlier, you shouldn’t need to select Multiple Top Level Domains as these should each have their own account.
You’ll notice that the code changes when you select the different options. You can get back to this page later by going to Profile Setting (click Edit alongside profile name) and clicking ‘Check Status’ in the top right-hand corner.
It’s as simple as that!
If you need to add anyone else as a user you can do this from your Accounts Overview page. We would also recommend adding a new profile for the same domain within this account so that you have a backup of raw data. Look out for my upcoming post on setting up profiles within you Google Analytics Account if you need help with this, and for other ideas of what you can do with Analytics.
Terms and Conditions to bear in mind:
Here are a few things to think about when setting up and managing Google Analytics, there’s a solution to all of them so they’re not limiting but they are important to know:
- You must not collect any user data that could identify the person – this often happens when users reset passwords and their email address becomes part of the URL
- Each account has a maximum of 5 million pageviews available if there is not an AdWords account linked.
- Google Analytics can only show you 50,000 rows of data
If you want to get more out of your Analytics, give us a call to talk about our Website Analytics Services.
For any further questions or comments please use the box below or follow me on Twitter, @Koozai_Anna