Sunday, February 6, 2011

Configuring Google Analytics for Google Docs

Google Analytics for Google Docs is an ongoing gripe for me.

Apart from the huge lack of clear documentation regarding setup and configuration, at best it seems to work sporadically; at worst, it simply doesn't work.

I have managed to set it up and get it working but not consistently, so if you choose to pursue this and you find it buggy, please do not 'blame' me as there are a host of complaints on both the Google Analytics Help Forum and the Google Docs Help Forum about how much this feature leaves to be desired in relation to it working (or not).

There are three steps to the setup, if you feel comfortable doing so, simply skip to the step that you are wanting to review.

  1. Create a new Google Analytics account for tracking Google Docs
  2. Google Docs settings and prep of document for tracking
  3. Finish setting up your Google Analytics tracking profile

Press onwards ...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to install Google Analytics on Blogger

There seems to often be confusion as to how to install Google Analytics to Blogger (blogspot) blogs

Last I looked there were instructions for installing the Traditional version of the tracking code into a widget, or for installing the Traditional version of the GA tracking code before the closing </body> tag, however none seemed to really address in detail how to install the current Asynchronous version of code in a simple to understand way for new users.

Whilst the Async version of Google Analytics tracking code can be installed before the closing </body> tag, often other script within the blog layout can interfere with it working correctly. The same applies to placing the Async tracking code into blogger widgets.

So, lets get started ...