Dear Hubbers, probably, it is too general question, but I'd like to know how do you use your Google Analytics Reports? Yours
Hey Nikolas, first go to your hubpages earning section, you might see an id under the heading google analytics, you need to copy and paste it on your google analytics account. I guess that should help. Its been a long time since I've done this but I guess this is what I did and it worked for me.
It wasn't clear to me if the question was about setting up GA or using it. At any rate, as far as using it goes, I mainly use it to see what source my traffic is coming from and the volume of it. Was better when we had Webmaster Tools too, so we could get insights into keywords.
Thanks, l'll try webmaster tools. Yours
It's now called Google Console and you can't use it for Hubpages anymore, that was my whole point. If you have your own website you can use it. I used to all the time.
Nikolas, the two responses above are both backwards.
To use Google Analytics to show reports of your HubPages activity, you need to let HubPages know your tracking code assigned by Google.
Log into your Google Analytics and click “admin” and then select “property settings.”
If you didn’t already create a property for HubPages, click “create property” and fill in the data. In that property you will see your assigned tracking code.
Now open HubPages in a second tab on your browser and go to your earnings page. Click “configure” on the left of “Google Analytics” and copy and paste your Analytics tracking code in the Affiliate code field.
Once you complete that, your Analytics reports will begin to accumulate data on your hubs.
I type Google Analytics in the search bar, click the first link that appears, and my page pops right up. Perhaps because I'm always signed into Google when I'm online?
I'm puzzled by Analytics and find the data it disgorges is useless. Knowing that a one-legged, French-speaking, sheep farmer in New Zealand has read an article doesn't affect me in the slightest.
I see from the latest report that I have a peak in viewers at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. In what way am I supposed to take advantage of that nugget of information?
If I click on a tab marked "Paid Keywords" I get a series of boxes all with zeros in them. No price is too high to pay for crucial data such as this.
The reports are filled with so much arcane information that I would have to hire an expert to explain it all; something that cannot be justified on the HubPages stipend.
I'll just keep what I'm doing because it amuses me and keeps me out of sordid dens of iniquity.
Rupert, I'm not sure how to read my reports either.
Glenn, have you or another HP author written an in-depth article on how to read and make use of Google Analytics? I'd rather read it in layman's terms than Googlese.
When I read Rupert's post above, I thought it would be good to write an in-depth article explaining how I use Google Analytics.
However, I decided against it since there already is a lot of competition with instructions on Google's support community. All the resources are already there.
As for you, Rupert, you're focusing on the wrong things. The best way to begin is to think about what's missing in the HubPages reports that you would want to know. Then create a custom report in Analytics.
For example, I created a custom report that shows me all my hubs that had traffic from Pinterest.
You don't even need to create custom reports. For example, the default report shows you how long readers spend on each hub. That one piece of data is valuable information.
When I see a repeated short visit to a particular hub, I scrutinize it to see why I lost the readers. If the view duration is only a few seconds, the problem is usually in the first paragraph. It usually turns out that I didn't make it clear right at the start what the reader is going to get from my article. That's an easy fix, and I wouldn't have known I had the problem without looking at the Analytics reports.
See the point, Rupert? Stop focusing on silly things like those you mentioned, and look for data that you need.
Great advice, Glen. Maybe you can help me -- I tried to use the code Analytics gave me, which began with a G-. HP said it need a UA- prefix. I'm kind of stuck.
bravewarrior, I am after you. I would like to read the article likewise.
I've never used GA, and probably never will.
As per the discussion going on, I have not set up GA and use it ever. Is it a free webmasters tool from Google? It surprised me that many big writers here have not access to GA. The device I opined would be of little use, right?
Our articles are checked out by different programs based on the principles of the mathematical linguistics and logic. As a result a certain number of key words decide to be or not to your work featured. Yours
Of little use to those who don't know how to use it.
I found this article that explains what GA is about, how to set it up, and goes over basic reporting. I'll keep searching and post helpful links as I find them.
Here's an awesome video called "Google Analytics Tutorial 2021". For those of us who have GA set up, I suggest you open your GA page and follow along with the narrator. It will help you understand the reports and how to use them. Some of the reports are not available to HP authors for the simple fact that we are not webmasters; we're contributors, so don't have authorization to activate certain modules, particularly those that involve Google Ads. We no longer have that capability since HP disabled Adsense years ago.
However, for those of you who have websites/domains that you do own, there's lots of beneficial information regarding conversations and how to target your audience based on the behaviors Google tracks within your site.
Nikolas, this tutorial will help you set up your Google Analytics account. I think that was what you were originally asking when you opened this thread.
I also learned that the latest version of GA is called Google Analytics 4. What we're using and linked to on HP is Universal Analytics, thus the UA code.
Anyway, all on this forum will benefit from the video. I encourage everyone who's not adept at reading/interpreting the GA reports to watch it. It airs for 55+ minutes and well worth the time. Here's the link:
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