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Track Your Hub Pages With Google Analytics

Updated on November 9, 2015
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Miriam has been a freelance writer since 2013. Born in Whittier, CA, she now lives in Montclair, CA, with her husband and family.

Hub Pages and Google Analytics

What do Hub Pages and Google Analytics have in common? They are both free to use and, when used together, both provide benefits over time.

And if you add Google Analytics to your Hub Pages in a few weeks you will have a dashboard of important data that you can use to improve your pages - and attract more visitors.

For one, you will find out the behavior of visitors that view your pages, such as how long they spent on the page, whether or not they bought anything, the operating system they used, what type of mobile phone they used, which browser, and even your visitors' service provider. Plus, there are more tools, like filters and other features for webmasters and Hubbers.

Tracking your pages is easy using Google Analytics (Click to Tweet), and so is signing up for a Google Analytics account. I am going to explain step-by-step how to sign up and add Google Analytics to all your pages so you can start tracking them and discover ways to make them more marketable.

Adding Google Analytics Step-By-Step

1. Sign up for a Google account: Enter http://www.google.com into the search bar of your browser. Click the Sign In button at the top right corner of this page.

2. Now you are at the Log In page, this is where you must sign in to your Gmail account OR create a new account and password. Google will send you a confirmation email that you must open and then click on the blue underlined link to confirm your new account.

3. The link takes you to the Google Accounts page. It will say "Email Address Verified."

4. To sign up for a Google Analytics account you need to click on this link: https://www.google.com/analytics/

5. Log In with your Google account information (Gmail address and password).

6. Now you will see a box near the bottom of the page with this heading: Sign Up for Google Analytics.

Click the Sign Up button.

7. Now it reads: Analytics: New Account Signup, and they will ask you to provide the website URL, which would be http://hubpages.com/@miriamyentraccm, for example (I used my profile page as an example).

Enter account name, then sign up for new website profile. Click Continue.

8. Enter your first and last name, click Continue, and agree to Google Analytics' terms and conditions.

Click Create New Account. When tracking code appears on the page, just hit SAVE and FINISH.

9. Find the heading, Web Property ID, on the next page. This is a series of numbers starting with UA-_ _ _ _ _ _- _

(Example: UA-987654-3)

10. Open your Hub Pages account, and click on your user name. On the dropdown menu select Earnings; Next click Settings. Near the bottom of the page is Report Settings: click on Configure; this is where you will add the Tracking Number or Google Analytics ID.

Copy your Web Property ID number, then paste this number in the field next to Google Analytics ID.

Hit the SAVE button (lower right side of page).

11. Now you are all set to start tracking your pages, and all the data will appear on one page. Do not expect instant results, though. I usually check mine once a week, but give it some time (a month) to really get going. If you start getting emails from Hub Pages that your pages are getting traffic -- it is time to check your Google Analytics to see what it is generating.

References:

1. Set Up The Web Tracking Code- Analytics Help - Google Help https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1008080?hl=en

2. Tan, Dawn, (2010). "Guide to Adding Google Analytics to Squidoo Lens." Retrieved from http://www.brighthub.com/internet/google/articles/...

What Does Google Analytics Track? - Audience Behavior, Sessions, Users and More

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Google Analytics tracks data about your audience's behavior-- things like:

* Sessions

* Average session duration

* Page Views

* Users

* Bounce Rate

* Percentage of New Sessions

Google Analytics also shows what operating system was used, their service provider, and their computer's screen resolution. If the user viewed your lens on a smartphone, you can see whether it was an iPhone or an Android, what browser they used; their country, city, and language are also included.

Google Analytics goes deep into analysis and provides far more than I want to write about.

Other topics tracked by GA:

Advertising and Campaign Performance | Analysis & Testing | Audience Characteristics & Behavior | Cross-Device & Cross-Platform Measurement | Data collection & Management | Just for Mobile Apps | Product Integrations | Sales & Conversions | Site & App Performance.

Each of these categories has several sub-categories, too, making GA an invaluable tool.

Source: http://www.google.com/analytics/features/

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Helpful YouTube Videos to Get You Started

Please watch these You Tube videos I have hand-picked to help you understand how Google Analytics works, and how to best utilize these statistics. I have included information about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), how to remove your IP address from Google Analytics so your reports are only counting external users (but not your computer), and much more!

If there is a video you would like to see here, please leave a note in our Guestbook and I will honor your request.

Add Google Analytics to Hub Pages

Tracking Hub Pages

GA & Demographic Data

Add Exclusion Filter with Google Analytics

Getting Traffic To Your Pages

Setting Goals with Google Analytics

Analyzing Traffic Sources

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Getting Traffic from Google

© 2014 Miriam Parker

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      Miriam Parker 2 years ago from Montclair, CA. 91763

      Thank you for your comments, and I am glad it helped!

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