Two of the things I need to run my online business effectively is 1.) web traffic statistics to get an idea of how well things are going and 2.) anything that helps me save time. And every once and a while I find something that gives me what I need for FREE.
So…today I want to talk about a very cool and helpful free plugin I’ve been using called Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress. It’s been around for a while so maybe you’ve heard of it, but is one of my favorite plugins to give added insight into what’s going on with your WordPress website traffic.
For those of you (and I would think this should be everyone who runs a WordPress site) who are already using Google Analytics, the Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress takes that functionality and puts it right at your fingertips within your WordPress dashboard.
Initially, I wasn’t too sure how this plugin would help me. I’ve always used Google Analytics and added my tracking code to the backend of my site so my Google Analytics would pull the data.
But this plugin is different because WITHOUT even logging into Google Analytics, you can check your web visitors, traffic and page views inside of WordPress and get a quick overview of what’s going on.
The Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress also shows you real time stats and your top landing pages.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress
I cannot even tell you how much time this saves me when I can quickly look at a post or page, check the stats and then tweak and optimize the page without ever leaving WordPress. It’s a HUGE time saver and so cool when you can see everything that’s going on with traffic right inside of your dashboard. Now that’s just the back end functionality.
Backend Settings Dashboard
Simply turn on your traffic overview and top referrer features and you can see even more traffic stats in your WordPress dashboard.
With a few more setting turned on, not only can I see my top landing pages with the number of visits, but I can also see where this traffic comes from, because in this neat little dashboard you will see the top referrers and how people are finding you. So whether it’s Facebook, HubPages, other blogs, social bookmarking sites and even Pinterest pins, (Oh how this makes me excited), you can see where ALL that traffic is coming from.
Plus, you will also see the list of search phrases people used to find your site, again without having to go into your Google Analytics and run reports. And of course this is handy because you can then build upon those search phrases and improve that page with call to actions and monetizing. Whoo Hoo!
But that’s not all this plugin does. On the front end, this plugin will actually show visitors how popular your website is and how much traffic you’re getting. You can set this function up easily by simply dragging the plugin’s widget to your sidebar to make it visible on all of your pages. This is ideal if you are selling ad space on your site and want to show potential advertisers the level of traffic you generate.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress can show traffic stats on the front end of your WordPress site, right in the sidebar. And it’s easy because once you install this plugin, a widget appears in your dashboard that you simply can drag into your sidebar menu, set the display settings and you’re done.
After you configure the front end feature, you will see that your Google Analytic stats are now visible for anyone to see. Here’s a sample of how the stats will appear on your site’s sidebar when you use the front end feature.
Then watch the tutorial on how all the settings work.
I hope you enjoy the usefulness and time saving of this plugin as much as I do, because once you get hooked on it, you’ll want to use it on all of your niche websites.
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