To track traffic through Google Analytics you simply need to add the tracking code to your footer template. Most premium WordPress themes make this easier by allowing you to add the code via a form in the theme options areaand there are plugins available such as Anflex GA and Easy Google Analytics for those of you aren’t comfortable editing templates.
Today I would like to show you plugins that integrate Google Analytics with your WordPress installation; allowing you to view your traffic stats in the admin area of your site rather than having to login to Google Analytics directly. I hope you find the list useful :)
A great plugin from developer Ronald Heft . Has a host of great features including an admin dashboard widget, a widget that can display visitor stats publicly, hiding of admin visits and much more.
Josh Fowlers Web Ninja plugin adds your Analaytics tracking code to every page of your site and an admin dashboard widget that lets you quickly see your website traffic. Features include the ability to track click throughs in mailto links, support for Goal stat tracking and the ability to embed the last stats for the past 30 days with a short code.
Although the plugin does not add the tracking code for Google Analytics, the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin from Carson McDonald adds a dashboard widget to your website. The best feature is undoubtedly it’s ability to track stats for individual posts and show a small graph in the post area of your site. It’s a great method of quickly seeing what articles are getting the most traffic.
The Google Analytics plugin from Rohit LalChandani is a bit basic compared to some of the other options available but still tracks basic stats like visits and pages. Suitable for those who are looking for something simple.
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A peculiar plugin from Peplamb, Google Analytics Visits display the visits from each country with country flags next to them. A very simple plugin and only suitable for those who only need to see where visitors are coming from.
Enhancing Google Analytics
If you are not looking to check stats through your WordPress admin area but more information on the traffic to your website I recommend checking out the WP Google Analytics plugin from Aaron Campbell and the excellent Google Analytics for WordPress from Joost de Valk.
Another good plugin for enhancing Google Analytics is the Extended Google Analytics For WordPress plugin from SiteBase (retails for $12). It lets you track downloads, mailto links and tools to generate tracking links in newsletters.
For additional traffic statistics I recommend installing the JetPack by WordPress.com plugin. Not only does it display up to date traffic stats and referrers, it also additional functionality such as adds gravatar hovercards, sharedaddy social links and short code embeds.