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Get started with Google Analytics

So you've just created your website? Good for you! But without analytics, you are only half way through. How will you measure and optimize the performance of your site if you have no data to do it?

A web analytics tool, like Google Analytics, will allow you to track the number of visitors to your site, the most visited pages, traffic sources, bounce rates and other "not-so-cool-but-very-useful" statistics¬†ūüėČ

But, in order to analyze data, you need to collect them from your blog or website. So first thing first... Here's how to create a Google Analytics account.

Creating a Google Analytics account

  1. Go to Google Analytics.
  2. Sign in to your Google account or create one if you don't have one yet.
  3. Click Access Google Analytics.
  4. Click Sign up.
  5. Fill in the fields relating to the configuration of your account and your property (Account Name, Website Name, Website URL, Industry Category and Reporting Time Zone).
  6. Click Get Tracking ID.
  7. From the Google Analytics Terms of Service Agreement that opens, click I Accept.
  8. Add your Tracking ID to your tyl.io website or blog.
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Adding your Google Analytics Code to your site

  1. Sign in to your tyl.io account.
  2. Click on "Settings".
  3. Go to your brand settings by clicking on the "cog" icon.
  4. Click on the "Navigation" tab.
  5. Click on the "Edit tracking ID" button.
  6. Insert your Google Analytics tracking ID into the Google Analytics Code field.
  7. Click "Save".
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Using Google Tag Assistant to validate the installation of your Tracking Code

It may take up to one week before you see statistics in your Google Analytics account. But you can use Google Tag Assistant right away to validate the installation of your Google Analytics tag, see what errors should be fixed, and what improvements could be made to optimize your web analysis.

To learn more about this very useful extension, click here.

And now what?

Your data seem to be properly collected but you still have to analyze them.

Google Analytics is a powerful tool that some might find very complex. However, it is not necessary to start with complex analyses to verify that your site fulfills its main objective.

So, which data should you watch for when starting with Google Analytics? We'll see that in our next article¬†ūüėČ

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