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Asynchronous Google Analytics for WordPressPosted by Bambang Sugiarto on November 10th, 2010 in Pluginswith 26 Comment(s). Tagged with: analytics, async, asynchronous, google, seo, WordPress Plugins.
Version 3 Released: Asynchronous Google Analytics for WordPress Multisite Support
After few nights in front of my lovely laptop and spent a little time being coding, finally version 3 released. This is the major step of my Asynchronous Google Analytics for WordPress plugin going into WordPress Multisite environment. Since along time ago i’ve been challenged about how to manage and deal with the Asynchronous Google Analytics tracking code with an easy way, even for non-programming skill at all.
Truly, I found there are still a major problems for non-programming users about how to manage, tracking, and or setup Google Analytics tracking code in WordPress multisite. Especially when the wordpress multisite environment have been setup using sub-domains and the web administrator want to tracking all the sites among their multisite network as easy as setup each site separately. Not only that, sometimes we just want to use 1 Google Analytics Account ID for all sites instead of using separate Google Analytics profile for each sites/sub-domains. Then we can have all Google Analytics tracking results for all our sites/sub-domain in just 1 Google Analytics profile. Does it more efecient?
When wordpress multisite activated in your website, it’s not an easy way to accommodate the functions to adapt and able to track all your site into one Google Analytics Account ID. This is because you must adjust the Asynchronous Google Analytics codes so Google Analytics can track your website and all sites among your wordpress multisite network properly (especially when multisite environment activated using sub-domains instead of sub-directory as i explained above).
Asynchronous Google Analytics tracking for domains and sub-domains required an advanced knowledge about how to setup Google Analytics code and their configuration. But with Asynchronous Google Analytics for WordPress Multisite plugin, it’s becoming easy, fast and even doesn’t need any knowledge about inside Asynchronous Google Analytics code itself. Just a few clicks in your wordpress dashboard, you will be able tracking your website as well as your sub-domains / sites in your wordpress multisite network.
Story Behind The Plugin Development
Google has announced new Google Analytics Asynchronous Tracking Code since december 1st, 2009. The new Google Analytics Asynchronous Tracking Code snippet was an alternative way to track our websites! It provides the following benefits:
- Faster tracking code load times for our web pages due to improved browser execution
- Enhanced data collection & accuracy
Basically, the plugins still came with the original features of Google Analytics for WordPress plugin, except that the plugin using asynchronous tracking code off course. This plugin also automatically tracks and segments all outbound links from within posts, comment author links, links within comments, blogroll links and downloads, allows you to track AdSense clicks, add extra search engines, track image search queries and it will even work together with Urchin, custom filter tracking for specific posts, pages, categories, tags, even can filtering by logged in user ID, user role, as well as filter tracking for specific visitor IP that can be useful to exclude your own networks for being calculated in Google Analytics tracking.
In the options panel for the plugin, you can determine the prefixes to use for the different kinds of outbound links and downloads it tracks. The best part is, you still have the freedom to choose how the tracking method would be: Using new asynchronous tracking or still want to keep tracking with the traditional method instead. While the default is the plugin using new asynchronous tracking method when it’s first installed.
How to Find My Google Analytics Tracking ID (UA)?
- Login to your Google Analytics at https://www.google.com/analytics/
- After Login, Go to Google Analytics home by clicking the Google logo in the left top corner of the page
- See the example picture below to found which one is your Tracking ID
More Google Analytics Resources
- Released info: Asynchronous Google Analytics for WordPress Multisite
- Google Analytics for Beginner: What is Google Analytics?
- Getting Started Guide with Google Analytics
- Google Analytics Official Blog
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