How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress

Some new WordPress users struggle when it comes to adding Google Analytics to their WordPress site. Many of them choose WordPress to build their new website because they have any technical knowledge, especially the coding skill.

However, if we want to track our website traffic for free and give valuable insights about our visitors, we need to add the Google Analytics’s tracking code to WordPress.

Sound like a challenge?

Fortunately, there are several simple methods available for adding Google Analytics to WordPress.

In this article, we’ll be covering how to add Google Analytics in WordPress with and without a plugin step by step. Take it easy!

Method 1: Add Google Analytics to WordPress with a Plugin

Step 1: First you need to visit Google Analytics sign up.

Google Analytics is available for free. All you need is a Google or Gmail account to sign up. Click the “Sign in Google Analytics” in the upper right-hand corner, and you’ll be redirected to a page where you can choose the Google account you want to use.

Sign in Google Analytics

Tips: For those who have a Google Analytics account already, directly login to your account, then go to Admin > Create Property

Step 2: Property Setup

you will be asked to provide an account name. This name will be used internally so you can use anything like your business name. On the next screen, tell more about your business information.

Property Setup

Step 3: Choose a Platform

you will be given choice to choose among iOS app, Android app and Web. Select the one meet your requirement. Here we select “Web”.

Choose a Platform

Step 4: Set up Data Stream

Enter website name, website’s URL and stream name.

Set up Data Stream

Step 5: Copy Tracking Code

Now you will be presented with your Google Analytics tracking code. Copy it.

Copy Tracking Code

Step 6: Install Google Site Kit plugin in WordPress

There are a whole bunch of plugins out there to add Google Analytics to WordPress. For this example, we will use Google Site Kit.

Install Google Site Kit plugin in WordPress

Step 7: Start the Setup

When you first activate Google Site Kit, it will display a prompt at the top of the screen.

Here, you need to hit the Start Setup button. This will begin the process of verifying your site by taking you to this page:

After that, the setup will ask you to verify site ownership, permit access to your Google account data, and add your site to Search Console. Basically, all you have to do is click yourself through the process, it’s very simple.

Setup Site Kit

Step 8: Connect to Google Analytics

Once the setup is finished, your site is connected to Google Search Console and will start collecting data in the back end.

To connect to Google Analytics, choose “Google Analytics”. Then, pick the account and property.

That’s it, your WordPress site is now connected to Google Analytics.

Method 2: Add Google Analytics to WordPress Without a Plugin

Without a plugin, you can also add the Google Analytics tracking code to the Theme Header (header.php) file manually

Tips: Google Analytics requires that you add code to your theme files. As with any change made to your site, it is highly recommended that you perform a full backup of the site so that you can recover should anything unexpected happen during the installation process.

Step 1: Copy the tracking code from Google Analytics. (If you don’t have one, follow the step 1 to step 5 in Method 1.

Step 2: Navigate to the Theme Editor.

Step 3: Open the Theme Header (header.php) file on the right column.

Step 4: Paste the code snippet in the header area or, more specifically, above the </head> tag.

Step 5: Once you’re done, click on the Update File button to save the changes.

Add Google Analytics to WordPress Without a Plugin

Have any thoughts or different methods you use to add Google Analytics to WordPress? If so, we would love to hear them!

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