If I ask you do you know your website well, what will be your answer?
I might suppose that you are well aware of your layout, content, colors, and so on. But, does that make you well familiar with your website? What about the website's performance?
Well, being a WordPress expert myself, I understand that it is quite complex to understand how your website is performing. I will tell you honestly when I created my first WordPress website, I didn't even know if it was working or not! No! I am not dumb!!
When I started my first blog, I was really excited when I got the first comment on my blog. It was overwhelming! However, I was fidgeting in between my high visits but fewer comments and was confused about whether my website is even visible on search engines or not.
Gradually, as I gained experienced in this niche and came across the Google Analytics plugin that changed the way I looked at my website traffic. Analyzing your website performance is not something that can be done on hand, but you need some of the advanced tools for the same. Therefore, being your blogger-cum-mentor, I will strongly suggest you get plugins for your Website's Google Analytics, a one-stop solution to all your website analytics problems.
In this post, I am going to share with you the top 5 WordPress plugins for Google Analytics which I use for my website. I will also share with you my favorite among these plugins and why do I prefer it. Thus, get your laptop and a cup of coffee and keep your pace up with me.
Also, if you are new to WordPress and want to know more, you can visit beginners guide for WordPress.
Top 5 Google Analytics Plugins for WordPress
1. MonsterInsights Google Analytics (Easy to Use, Real-Time Statistics)
In the world of WordPress, MonsterInsights is ruling the Google Analytics state. It is one of the most popular and highest rated plugins in WordPress for analyzing the performance of the website. The plugin is used by over 2 million WordPress users due to its reliable and easy to use interface. The MonsterInsights plugin comes as both free as well as premium version and offers several features for its users such as:
a) Easy and quick configuration
b) Ads, link, file system tracking
c) Real-time statistics
e) Link attribution, and many more
One thing I can assure you regarding this plugin is that you can't get wrong at your analytics with this. The premium version of the MonsterInsights plugin comes at a price of $99 per year. Go get your own plugin from here https://www.monsterinsights.com/.
2. Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress (Best Free Plugin by ExactMetrics)
Here comes the plugin I was waiting to tell you about, my favorite! Google Analytics Dashboard is a savior for you if you are on a tight budget but still want in-depth stats for your site. With this plugin, you can get some of the premium analytics functionalities free of cost. Now, the reason why I love this plugin is that I get all the data regarding my website directly on my WordPress dashboard, without fidgeting here and there. The plugin also supports AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) and allows you to segment your analytics data. Through this plugin, all I do is to input the analytic tracking code and it shows me all the data related to:
a) Page Views
c) Search data
d) Bounce Rate
e) Referrers Traffic
f) Organic Searches
g) 404 Errors
i) External and affiliated links
g) Fragment Identification, and many more.
See, now you must have known why I love this plugin so much. Thus, without wasting any more time, download the plugin from https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-dashboard-for-wp/.
3) Analytify (Simple, Automatic Statistics Integration)
Analytify is a freemium plugin of WordPress which is designated to make the Google Analytics simpler for the users. The reason why I recommend this plugin for your site is that the plugin doesn't require manual code pasting like other plugins. Rather, after the one-step authentication, the plugin will automatically add the tracking code for Google into the website. Isn't that interesting? You can either get the plugin for free or buy the pro version with a yearly price of $93. Some of the features offered by the Analytify are:
a) Data visible at the admin portal
b) Stats for individual and custom pages
c) Campaign tracking with UTM (Urchin Tracking Model) add-on.
d) E-mail notification
e) Easy Digital Downloads & Woo Commerce, and much more
Neat, right! You can download the plugin from the link https://analytify.io/.
4) WP Statistics (Free of Cost, GeoIP Tracking Plugin)
WP Statistics is an effective, free of cost and light-weighted WordPress plugin which also allows previewing the statistics straight on your dashboard. The WordPress plugin is also effective in terms of tracking the GeoIP of the users and preventing the hashing IP addresses for the website.
The WP Statistics plugin also tracks the e-mail and effectively tracks the traffic coming from different search engines including Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. Various features included in the WP plugin are:
a) Overall evaluation of page and browser data
b) Country-wise GeoIP tracking
c) Automatic update for GeoIP and prevention of Hashing IP addresses
d) Importing data in the XML, CSV or TSV file format
e) E-mail Report
If you want to get WP Statistics for your website too, you can download the plugin from the link https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-statistics/.
5. Google Analytics WD (Automatic Integration of Default Functionalities)
Google Analytics WD Plugin rounds out our list here for the top 5 WordPress plugin for Google Analytics. Although this plugin attains the last position on my top 5 list, it is quite an impressive plugin. Through this analytics plugin, Google Analytics is automatically integrated into WordPress, adding the default functionalities such as Bounce Rate, Traffic Analysis, Website report, etc. The plugin comes with both free as well as premium versions. While the free version consists of various features such as:
a) Page Views
b) Centralized Panel
c) Bounce Rate
d) Comprehensive Reports
e) Top-performing Pages,
On getting the PRO version of the plugin, you will get the following features added:
f) E-commerce Reports
g) AdSense and AdWords Report
h) Pushover and Alert Notification
i) Analytics Coverage
j) Site Speed analysis, and many more.
If you don't mind spending some more on your Google Analytics report, then I will suggest you try the Google Analytics WD for your website. You can download the plugin from the site https://wordpress.org/plugins/wd-google-analytics/.
You have gone through my personal list of Top 5 WordPress plugins for Google Analytics. Analyzing the website performance is not an easy task and cannot be understood by all. My main motive through this blog is to help you understand which plugin can provide you an effective statistics for your website. I hope it will now save your time surfing through articles on the internet for best WordPress plugins.
If you want to learn more about WordPress Plugins, you can see this blog "how to start a successful blog in WordPress".
I would also like to know if you use any other WordPress plugin which I might have missed. Do tell me in the comment box below!