Adding Google Analytics
yup i can tell i made a big mistake using wordpress.com instead of .org, it’s so limiting. I tried to switch to .org, got the hosting all setup, used the export tool for all my .com blog posts and then the import tool failed every time on the .org side pulling in the data. I switched from blogger to wordpress.com, kinda regretting it.
Talk with the people on the wordpress.ORG forums about the failing import, or do some searching over there for what happens. Most likely they have a solution for you.
Hi sjfischer77, you actually can get Google Analytics working at wordpress.com but the solution is a little technical and requires that you have your own domain. It’s been mentioned before on the forums so I won’t go into detail here but if you’re interested you can read about how I got it working on my blog.
@designaskew… this is the WP.com forum, your link means nothing for people with a WP.com blog. Maybe you should go spam the WP.org forum instead.
I’m sensing a lot of sock puppetry going on… there’s the stench of Blogger in this thread.
jonathonbalogh is correct. You CAN get Google analytics on a WordPress.com blog.
You can’t. Only staff and moderators can delete posts here.
The WordPress.com Stats page has hardly any information on it. I have heard that Google Analytics is great and has LOADS of info, so i was wondering whether i could do it on a WordPress.com blog. But obviously you can’t.
Either WordPress should put more info on their Stats page or allow us to use Google Analytics on our blogs.
Go to http://sitemeter.com and follow the very easy steps to making an account… it’ll give you some more numbers and stats to stare at. If you need more, upgrade to a paid account and there are literally dozens more stats and graphs you can stare at — Site Meter easily has as many stats and graphs as Google does that you can stare at.
If you need even more numbers to stare at, try http://getclicky.com/ and http://www.quantcast.com/ which should give you enough numbers to stare at that you’ll never have time to blog ever again. Yay.
As I said right above, you can get Google Analytics on a blog here.
You can use Statcounter stats in free wordpress.com blog. Also, it’s one of the best statistics site.
Scroll down to “Vistor tracking” on this page http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/popular-posts/
I now use Sitemeter, which provides free stats and information with just putting a widget on your WordPress.com blog.
I use cloudflare.com for my DNS hosting and they allow me to add a Google Analytics App (With my UA-XXXXXX) code.
Works fine with hosted wordpress.com sites.
I haven’t been able to transfer from wp.com to my own hosted install yet because my theme here isn’t available for hosted installs. But simple things like this are really making the service a pain to use.
I have recently gone back from WordPress.org (self hosted WordPress software) to WordPress.com (http://marcusspeh.com), after self hosting for years. In all this time I’ve had Google analytics and I very rarely apart from the ego boost, did anything with that wealth of data. In my view, WordPress is well advised to stick with their decision, and I don’t think it’s bad marketing at all: folks who have commercial interests have no reason not to self host—the degrees of freedom available (and the work to be done accordingly) are simply immeasurably higher. In order to make the step from SiteMeter, StatCounter and other small-scale data aggregators traffic to the behemoth Google, you’ll need to want to invest a lot more time than the average blogger is willing to do. And every minute that you poke through the data haystack is a minute that you’re not spending on creating content: which arguably is why people come to you at all. And of lecture!
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