Getting Google Analytics

Published: 2015-12-08
Tags: analytics

Today I figured I'd like to have some idea if people actually ever visit this place and if so - why. Google Analytics can give you visibility of your users and gives a breakdown of how people found your site. It's also really easy to set it up, so I decided to go for it.

I set up a new Google Analytics account, pointed it to this site, copied the JS script provided and pasted in the bottom of the base template. Little did I know that it's supposed to be inside <head> tags... After refreshing the site a bunch of times, waiting for about an hour, refreshing again and still not seeing anything in the real-time reporting area I was told what to do. It turns out it says that in the documentation as well, but not on the page you copy the JS code from.

Pretty much immediately after that everything started working and I can now see all the traffic. Or lack thereof.