Google Analytics Tutorial for Beginners

Google Analytics is one of the best tools you can freely use to measure and improve your website. It deals with your visitors, user activity, dwell time metrics, incoming search terms, and what have you.

Thus far, we have compiled a series of tutorials for you to jump-start your use of Google Analytics:

Google Analytics Tutorial

  • Google Analytics Tutorial
  • A tutorial about how to install the Google Analytics Tracking code and how to understand the Dashboard data. Here we defined Visits, Unique Visitors, Pageviews, Pages / Visit,  Average Visit Duration, Bounce Rate and Percent of New Visits. This is critical to someone who is trying his hand with Google Analytics for the first time.

  • Google Analytics Tutorial: Goal Tracking
  • A tutorial on how to start with Goal Tracking in Google Analytics. Goals are important – your website has purposes that you want it to achieve – whether it’s for a user to contact you, or to subscribe to your email list, or to make a sale. Tracking these Goals are important. Knowing where users that achieved these Goals came from, is important. We explained how to set-up and understand Goals in Google Analytics. We also discussed about Exact Match, Head Match and Regular Expression Match and how you can utilize them for your website.

  • Google Analytics Tutorial: Events Tracking
  • Events are important. When someone clicks your ‘contact-us’ page, when someone subscribes to your email list, or even when a person  clicks on a ‘play’ button in your video – those things are events that are executed by your users. Those things are important – they tell you whether your email newsletter form is better off on the sidebar or in-content. It tells you which of your articles or social profiles are getting more attention. Know how to set-up Events Tracking with Google Analytics in this tutorial.

  • How to Track Outbound Links using Google Analytics
  • Outbound links are a natural part of each and every website. A website cannot be a lone ranger. No website is an island. Your website has to have other partner sites, or at least other sources where it gets it’s information from. It makes your website more reputable, friendly (to other webmasters) and trustworthy. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to track your outbound links using Google Analytics and how it should appear in your Google Analytics Dashboard.

  • How to Track your Engaging Posts in Google Analytics
  • Sometimes the simplest things are overlooked. All websites are capable of engaging its target audience. How do you know if your website is doing well in its user engagement? Time. In this Google Analytics Tutorial, we’ll discuss how you can set-up Goals that will help you track how many users are really engaged by your stuff, as they spend different amounts of their precious time going through it.

    And it doesn’t stop there. There’s a whole new world to discover with Google Analytics and we will continue to add up to this list of tutorials as we go along.

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    • Rose winslet

      Google Analytics provides some excellent features for the customers with efficient reporting tools and helps in providing customized data that may be useful in formulating marketing strategies. Additionally, it also comprises of the content analytic report that can help in finding out your website conversion rates and the number of visitors who frequent your website. Thanks for the great post Sean!

    • This is definitely worth the watch. The slideshare was enligthening. I dabbled a little bit with my goals tracking. Although, I still have a lot of questions regarding google analytics. Might as well just do my research.

    • Interesting Slideshare, Sean, even though I personally thought there was too much info about SEO Hacker in the beginning.

      Great resources though!

      • Thanks Ana,
        Really you thought that? Hmmmm now you’re making me think. These slides are for my clients, you see – I usually hold a seminar or a knowledge-transfer event for them and I simply upload the slides on slideshare. Perhaps you’re right – I should edit out the info about SEO Hacker.

        • I think adding them at the end might be a better choice, Sean – just my opinion.

          • Hi Ana,
            Alright – I’ll keep that in mind :) Thanks Ana!

    • This is very helpful for me and new beginners in blogging

    • Patrick

      I think that this is a great tutorial for anyone who wants to get an introduction on Google Analytics without being overwhelmed.

      • Thanks Patrick,
        Hope you got a thing or two out of the tutorial series.

    • Awesome post and tutorial. I´m recommending this to one of our customers. I like the way you build up a case in the slides. Keep up the good work.

    • Get to know lots of new thing about Google Analytics…
      I usually use blogger stats…but know felling to use this
      thanx a lot for such an great article…

    • Great stuff here Sean for beginners and intermediates too I might add. Linking analytics up with webmaster tools gives great crossover and allows at-a-glance metric info.

    • Nice tips to newbies in blogging and with these tips we can manage our analytics easily and track visitors where they come from