Google Analytics for Outside Blogs Step by Step and Getting Traffic That Just Won’t Quit!

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Real Estate Agent with Eau Claire Realty, Inc.

Yesterday there was some big news on the Active Rain network. Brad Andersohn announced the staff has finally added Google Analytics to the outside blogs.  A lot of us have been waiting a long time for this to happen and I can only assume that there were some big hurdles to get over to get this to even work. But it’s here so everyone should be excited. Most people have probably not had a chance to add the code to get it working yet and the few of us who jumped on this have had a chance to see the reports!

First let’s talk a bit more about how to add Google Analytics to our outside blogs. I know Brad covered this subject on how to add the code to the widget so I won’t cover that again but some folks might wonder how to do the steps prior to that so here we go.

1. Get an analytics account here. Some already have this installed on their website(s) but for those who don’t this would be a good time to do that as well. Most people already have some sort of Google account but if you don’t you can access that here as well. These instructions will be different depending on where you are at or what types of Google apps you use.

2. Next we need to login to our Google account(s) if you aren’t logged in already. You can do this by logging in at the top right of Internet Explorer or Firefox ( I don’t know on other browsers) This is what it looks like for me:

Google login

3. Now if you have not added the new account for the outside blog you can add the new account here on this screen. If you look at my screen you can see I have added this account already.

GA login

4. Then enter in the account details here. You just need to enter your domain name (www.yourblog.com) here.

GA Account Settings

5. Then get your Tracking Code. You can do that by editing the account or by checking your status depending on what stage your new or old install is for this domain name. (I had already tried installing this on my outside blog but it didn’t work until now)

GA Tracking Code

 

6. Then you can just follow Brad’s instructions for the rest of the way by inserting that tracking code into the Google Analytic’s Widget on the outside blog. There was a minor glitch in which you would hit the submit button and then it would do nothing making you think that it did not work. You only need to press this button once. You can check to see that it indeed worked by going back to your Google Analytics account and where you got the tracking code you can check the status of the Analytics code. You will see the message below if it is working correctly:

Tracking Status:

ReadyReceiving Data

 

Then you will have to wait until the day is through to see what sort of traffic you are getting. If you install it midday then you are only seeing half the traffic. Google Analytics is not real time analytics but you can check every night at 12am CST (at least that’s what time it is for me. I assume its 12am no matter what time zone you are in)

 

If it is working you can see where your traffic is coming from and how much traffic you are getting. I had one special visitor yesterday! J Anyways I assume that the traffic appears much lower because it was not installed until later in the day. I know my profile has received almost 6000 views so I do get traffic. Anyways you can see what mine looks like below and I hope this was helpful. Thanks to Brad and everyone else involved at Active Rain that got this working for us!!!

GA Traffic

I wonder who that person was that read that article? But hey that's a nice spike in traffic! Wink wink!

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Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
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Shane - As usual you are on top of things.  I missed Brad's post.  I'm glad to hear that we can use analytics on our outside blogs now.  And thanks for the step by step.  It is always nice to know how to do somthing right the first time.

Mar 31, 2009 10:45 PM #21
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Chris Olsen
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Hi Shane -- A good follow-on as I'm sure there are always questions when installing a new feature.  I use analytics and it is very informative.

Mar 31, 2009 10:50 PM #22
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Vicki Pedersen
Pedersen Real Estate - Riverside, CA
Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service

Thanks for posting this.  I didn't see Brad's post on Google Analytics.  I just went in and set this up on my outside blog.  Active Rain (and all of you who share so much) ROCKS!

Mar 31, 2009 11:35 PM #23
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Sorry I couldnt respond until now I was at a guest lecture.

Anyways I hope everyone can get it installed and let me know if you have problems I am sure I could walk you through it.

Did anyone catch my joke about all the traffic and the picture only shows a single visitor? I thought it was funny I only had one person on the first day of my stats lol.

Mar 31, 2009 11:35 PM #24
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JB Brookman
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Shane- great stuff... I installed Google Analytics on my outside blog last night... looking forward to some numbers...

Apr 01, 2009 12:34 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Lanre Folayan
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I am going to come back here in the morning. I am about to hit the bed. But it is good to know that we can install Google Analytics on our outside blog. Great post.
Apr 01, 2009 03:20 AM #26
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Randall Sandin
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
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great info - the tracking will help us figure out if the blogs are getting people to us - should be interesting

Apr 01, 2009 04:50 AM #27
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Bob Murphy
Re/Max First - New Albany, IN

WOW! Thanks for the help.  Now to see if I can actually make this work.

Apr 01, 2009 06:15 AM #28
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Bill Gassett
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Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

I am hoping they add the mybogog tracking feature as well. I like that the best out of all of them.

Apr 01, 2009 06:57 AM #29
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Larry Story
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Shane you rock man!  Thank you for the info.  I have actually been asked to teach a class on internet exposure and blogging.  I am going to use your post as an example if you do not mind.

Apr 01, 2009 07:59 AM #30
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Frank & Jodi Orlando
Frank & Jodi Orlando Get Us A Home Realty Atlanta Homes Sale - Cumming, GA

Shane, yep, I saw one visitor Lol, and they were there for a while....

Apr 01, 2009 10:06 AM #31
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Yeah Bill that would be good. I just wonder why its so hard to add code to the outside blogs? Normally its so easy but they must have some issues making sure its secure or something.

Lol Frank & Jodi. I seriously wonder who was the person? I was hoping someone would say that was me!

Apr 01, 2009 10:38 AM #32
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
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Thanks Larry. I dont mind at all.

Apr 01, 2009 10:43 AM #33
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Andrew Haslett
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Shane,

Thanks. So much available. So much to learn. So many choices.

What's a widget?

Apr 01, 2009 11:10 AM #34
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Wayne L. Brown
Security National Mortgage Corporation - Alpine, CA

Shane

Thanks for the valuable information.  Appreciated your post.  It helps those of us who are computer challenged.

Best Regards

Apr 01, 2009 11:31 AM #35
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Matt Jameson
The Atlas Group - Southern Oregon Real Estate-Medford Homes - Medford, OR
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Excellent information, and another example of how this community allows us each to rapidly learn what we are behind on knowing

Apr 01, 2009 02:24 PM #36
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Kathy Carson
John Stewart Walker, Inc - Lynchburg, VA
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Bookmarked - there is no way I can take all of this in at 5:00 today!!!

Thanks, Kathy

 

Apr 01, 2009 03:51 PM #37
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Kathleen Murray
Realty Executives Mohave - Kingman, AZ

This is why I joined Active Rain.  What a great sharing community.  I really believe we are all in it together.  I hope I can give back as well.

Kathleen Murray

Realty Executives Mohave

Apr 02, 2009 06:43 PM #38
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very cool post Shane- thanks!

Apr 02, 2009 09:47 PM #39
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Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Washington, DC
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Thanks Shane. Now I need something to help drive some home buyers and sellers to my outside Active Rain blog. Have a great weekend. Great post.
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