One of the simpler to use analytic services are the stats supplied by WordPress.com via the Jetpack plug-in, told us Dan from Web Design Tutorials.
The only thing you will need to do is set up Jetpack and log in with your WordPress.com account. I’ll visit my website. I will go to plug-ins and then add new. You can look for Jetpack here or that I happen to see it right here. I will click install now and then trigger.
When the plug-in is triggered, we will find a banner prompting us to link to WordPress.com. At this time, if we did not connect to WordPress.com there are a couple features active in Jetpack, but we will certainly want to connect to find the great stuff including analytics. Let us do that.
We are going to click link to WordPress.com. I am already logged in so I will see this. If you are not logged in, you will need to log in. Click approve. Now Jetpack has ever been free. Knowing the company that is behind it there will always be a free alternative.
Personally, I use the free choice and for many websites, starting out, you can get all you need in the free plan. I will click free. Now I am redirected back to my website. There is a choice here to activate each of the recommended features. Or you could skip this and activate them manually. You may also click learn more to find the features which are enabled. Merely to show you everything that is happening behind the scenes, let us click skip and then it is going to activate everything manually.
When we do this we will be attracted to the specific Jetpack dashboard. We can go to preferences and begin changing things. Under Jetpack, and then settings, there is a couple of tabs up here and a couple of options under each tab. We’re going to begin by going to participation and then making certain that site stats is on. Personally, I think sharing, promote and associated posts are extremely helpful.
Sharing, since it adds really simple to use sharing buttons on your pages and posts. Publicize, since it lets you automatically post to social networks when you schedule a blog article. And related posts compute which articles are similar and it shows them just beneath the site article. This keeps your customers reading your website. Usually, attributes like related article take a good deal of computation power. But WordPress.com does all of that for you. Let us go over to safety to be certain that protect is on.
Last, under look, I like to be certain that Photon is turned on. Photon is a free picture CDN. It will be certain that all of your pictures load faster without you having to do anything. We have configured all we must do so we are done.
Now that you have stats configured, you can begin to go through all of that data. We just added stats into our website, so there will not be much to go through, so I have pulled up my personal website, so that we can see what it looks like as soon as you’ve collected enough information.
You are able to see your stats below the Jetpack Dashboard, which is appropriate here, and then click Dashboard. And you could also see it under website stats. Now we can begin analyzing this chart and moving through it. We can look at various days. We can look at various weeks and various months.
I will click on a day here, so that I will see more information on wordpress.com. Over every day, I will see the amount of views, the amount of people, and the amount of views per visitor, all fairly useful pieces of information. WordPress.com being tied so directly into WordPress itself means it is also possible to see stuff like the article which I printed on that day. When you look at the bottom of the tool suggestion, you can see that I published one post. In fact, I did one for every day of the week, which is likely why this traffic is so high this week when compared with previous weeks.
Along the base of this chart, you can change the chart from perspectives to visitors to enjoys or comments. Or if you are just getting started, I’d use months. If you scroll down, we can begin to find out which are the best articles and pages for our website. And if we detect a trend in these articles, we can begin to generate some conclusions.
And we can begin to write more articles like that because they tend to create plenty of traffic. This is useful if we ever wish to add several languages to our website. You can expand all of these boxes by clicking this small arrow across the top. Let us go to search phrases, and I will click on search phrases right up here and see the enlarged view. You’ll see that there is not a ton of info here.
That’s because search engines do not usually offer the search term. A couple of years back they did this all of the time, and it was insanely helpful. Now if you are doing keyword research for your website, you are able to take this somewhat restricted info, download it, and then see how people are finding your website. Then it is possible to write more content to entice more people searching for similar content.
I will go back, and then I wish to scroll down and see the clicks on our website. A number of these clicks is to other sites. WordPress.org is probably me linking to WordPress plugins from a number of my articles.
That’s wordpress.com’s picture CDN. So wordpress.com has a great deal of useful stats here, and you’ll be able to dig quite deep into them. Again my favorite feature is how closely tied in it would be to WordPress itself, so that you can see when you have made articles and how that impacts your visitors.
If we return to my website, and then I click website stats here, we will basically find the same information we found on wordpress.com. It’s a tiny bit less pretty, but it is all still there.
And as you couldn’t quite understand the trendline on wordpress.com, when you consider the weekly traffic on this page, you can see that I am gradually bringing an increasing number of traffic, and needless to say, if I return into my WordPress dashboard, I could also see the website stats right here.
So all together Jetpack is a really useful stats plugin.