Google Analytics on WordPress.com blogs

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  • #1041444

    If you a buying advertising not having GA is basically like having blinders on and completely destroys the advantage of digital versus traditional advertising.

    If you do not support GA, do you at least have any way to plugin and track SEM/advertising campaigns that maybe i’m unaware of?

    You can’t do any of that here to begin with.

    #1041445

    ubernaut
    Member

    What are you talking about? Of course you can buy advertising.

    #1041446
    #1041447

    timethief
    Member

    @ubernaut
    The site linked to your username is not a free hosted WordPress.com site. Why are you posting here please?

    #1041448

    timethief
    Member

    There is only one advertising program called WordAds at WordPress.com and it’s for blogs on their own domains. Aside from a blog being accepted into WordAds http://www.wordads.co/ no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work or products created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.com blogs.

    E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by WordPress.com. Affiliate marketing blogs, paid content and/or sponsored content are not allowed.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    #1041449

    ubernaut
    Member

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    thats selling ads not buying them.

    @ubernaut
    The site linked to your username is not a free hosted WordPress.com site. Why are you posting here please?

    i am admin at several site both self hosted and wp.com and this support forum isn’t just for free is it? i thought this support forum was for all wp.com sites.

    #1041450

    and this support forum isn’t just for free is it? i thought this support forum was for all wp.com sites.

    It is for free or upgraded wp.com sites, not self-hosted.

    #1041451

    timethief
    Member

    i am admin at several site both self hosted and wp.com and this support forum isn’t just for free is it? i thought this support forum was for all wp.com sites.

    This support forum is exclusively for bloggers who have issues with their free hosted WordPress.com blogs. The question in the OP has been answered and it’s time for your to accept the answers provided and move along.

    #1041452

    ubernaut
    Member

    It is for free or upgraded wp.com sites, not self-hosted.

    ok we are on the same page for that one but you both seem to be confused about what I’m talking about regarding ads so i’ll juts try to clarify a bit:

    We are not trying to place ads on our wp.com site, we are trying to purchase ads (it really shouldn’t matter where) and track the referrals on our site. This is a common practice for business websites and wp.com does market itself as a solution for business websites.

    #1041453

    ubernaut
    Member

    fyi the site in question is obviously hosted on wp.com

    #1041454

    timethief
    Member

    I am not in the least confused. I have flagged this thread for closure.

    #1041455

    ubernaut
    Member

    why because you don’t like the question? you are abusing the flagging system if you close this topic simply because you don’t want a question to be answered.

    #1041456

    ubernaut
    Member

    and if you understood the question why would you be giving answers to a question i dint ask and ignore the original question?

    not trying to be a pain here but i think you are being a bit overreactive, and evasive frankly.

    #1041457

    timethief
    Member

    There is nothing more to be said in answer to the question as the support documentation clearly states this:

    Additional Info
    Can I use Google Analytics?
    No, Google Analytics cannot be used on WordPress.com blogs at this time. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info

    Note 1: There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes this.
    search results > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/google-analytics

    Note 2: Staff can make the call on either closing the thread or leaving it open. I simply made the request.

    #1041458

    ubernaut
    Member

    im not arguing with any of that, ok?

    i am simply adding my voice to the herd of people saying that decision should be reconsidered unless there is a viable alternative. all the links you have sent are referring to selling or placing ads on wp.com sites.

    LET ME REPEAT THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO.

    we simply want to track inbound traffic that we are paying for using other outside ad services. i don’t understand why this should cause some much turmoil.

    #1041459

    timethief
    Member

    we simply want to track inbound traffic that we are paying for using other outside ad services. i don’t understand why this should cause some much turmoil.

    When Staff have the time to they will post and repeat what’s stated in the support documentation that I linked to above and also on the first page of this lengthy thread. The bottom line is that as we bloggers cannot run Google Analytics on free hosted WordPress.com blogs at this time, to run Google Analytics you will have to hire a web host and set up a WordPress.org install.

    #1041460

    ubernaut
    Member

    Ok my question is not about whether or not GA should be possible with wp.com or goes against their policies, i think that is self evident. My question is about if anyone here has a viable alternative to GA in order to track incoming paid traffic.

    I think that is a really basic question that a lot of people could benefit from hearing an answer. If you don’t know of any thats fine but please don’t refer me to policies about something that i’m not asking about and please don’t try to tell me the question isn’t valid because it is or people wouldn’t keep asking about GA. If you feel is off topic or that the thread is too long then fine lets move it but i would disagree personally as i feel like this is exactly on topic and a good answer/alternative to GA could very well stop a lot of people form asking about it which i think you’d appreciate as much as anyone.

    #1041461

    Thanks everyone for your responses.

    The only alternative that I have been able to find to google analytics is the analytics package that comes with wordpress.com. It’s not particularly bad, I just wish it had data that went back further than it does.

    If you are looking for information about where your traffic is coming from, you can look on the “Referrers” section. It will tell you what URL traffic is coming from, but nothing as in depth as GA. If you are purchasing your advertisement through AdWords, I believe they have their own analytics package (not GA) that shows how affective the advertisement is.

    #1041462

    ubernaut
    Member

    If you are purchasing your advertisement through AdWords, I believe they have their own analytics package (not GA) that shows how affective the advertisement is.

    you must know something i don’t they only support cookie handoffs with GA as far as i know but if you are aware of something i am not please do let me know cause I’m about to pull the plug on wordpress.com cause we need to able to track the paid visits and wether or not they convert. the wp.com stats do tell you referring sites but as far as i know not even landing pages let alone paths but anyway to achieve that may prevent us from leaving.

    #1041463

    Maybe “analytics” is the wrong word. What I meant was, when you click on the “keyword details” option, it shows you what search term people used to find it and other information for all of your specified search terms.

    AdWords does do conversion tracking outside of GA, but I don’t think you would be able to do that here since you can’t paste in the code.

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