ActiveRain Launches Google Analytics for Outside Blogs

By
Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Finally, after numerous requests from members, and months of hard work, ActiveRain added the Google Analytics Widget to Outside Blogs today.  Google Analytics is a free service that provides detailed statistics about visitors to your blog.  This only applies to the ActiveBlogs, ActiveRains Outside Blog Platform.

How To Install the Google Analytics Widget

1. Go to your ActiveRain Outside Blog and Click on the link.

To create a new ActiveBlog (Outside Blog) CLICK HERE or go to your "My Home" page, and Click on the "Outside Blog" link located on your sidebar. It will be on the left hand side of your My Home page.

2. Click on the "Widgets" link from the toolbar at the top of the page.

3. Click on the  button to open your Blogs Widget Manager.

4. From the "Widget Manager", using the pull-down menu, select the "Google Analytics" option.  Next, Click the "ADD" button and you're ready to install.

5. You'll need to register your Blogs Domain (URL) at the Google Analytics Site.  Once registered, you'll be given an HTML "snippet code" that you'll need to add as shown in the box below.  Use CTRL+C to copy the code from GA, then CTRL+V to paste the code in the snippet box of the widget manager.  It's very simple.

6.  Once you have registered your Domain name, and added your (snippet),  Click on the "Install" or "Update" button, but only click on it one time.  If you do click "install" more than once, you will see additional installs which can be removed very easily.  Just use the "delete" link if this happens.

7. Your Google Analytics will now show as an installed Widget.  You can edit or delete the widget using the "Edit|Delete" links shown above.  NOTE: Nothing new will appear or show up on your outside Blog, so to check your stats, traffic, and reports, you'll need to go to your Google Analytics Account for those details. 

TIP: You can use the "Reorder Widgets" button to change the order and placement of widgets, but this has no bearing on the Google Analytics Widget since there's no images that will show on your sidebar.

8. Now just click the button, and you're done!  Time: 3 minutes.

Now you can track your visitors, get statistics galore, see where your traffic is coming from and much more.
If you find for any reason that you are NOT getting any data or reports for your Blog, here's a video that will help explain how to make sure you have completed the above steps properly. 

9.  Last step: If you'd be so kind, and click My Outside Blog so I can test that everything is working OK.

HUGE Kudos to the AR TEAM and programmers for making it happen today, thanks guys!  :-)

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Comments (139)

Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
REALTOR

Thank You for the walk through, it was very easy.

Jul 29, 2009 06:50 AM
SUSAN GOUGH
HOMETOWNE REAL ESTATE - Leonardtown, MD
Brad WOw Great instructions( this comment coming from an old teacher!) I'm on it tonight. Thanks
Jan 03, 2010 05:25 AM
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

I'm bookmarking this because I usually do somehting wrong when trying to set-up these things.  I'll give it a try..thanks Brad!

Jan 03, 2010 09:24 AM
Donna Galinsky
Allen Tate Company - Cornelius, NC
Make Lake Norman Your Home!

I;m a little late to this party but thanks again Brad.

Jan 27, 2010 11:49 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Glad I just found this. I really need to do some tweaking to my outside blog, and this post will help.

Jan 27, 2010 11:52 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Donna - always better late than never!  :-)

John - I didn't think you ever missed a post I wrote, you're one of my most faithful and consistent commenter's.  And did I mention how much I appreciate that?  I do.  Thanks.

Jan 27, 2010 12:00 PM
Brian Black
Trueblood Real Estate - Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, IN - Carmel, IN
Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers IN REALTOR

Brad or Bob,  I'm pretty positive that I am installing google analytics correctly since I got it to install on my website www.LivingIndianapolis.com correctly, but when I enter the code into my outside blog www.IndyBlogSpot.com it comes back with this.

GA Error

 

If I leave and come back and do everything else described in this rather long thread it still does not show up at multiple installations.  When I go through google to verify installation it says its not picking anything up.  I used the indyblogspot.com domain in my tracking and all the info appears to be right, the widget just doesn't want to accept it.

Am I missing something?

Thanks for the help in advanced!

May 13, 2010 05:47 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey Brian - thanks for the heads-up, I'll let the tech support team and programmers know.  They will have to take a look and see whats happening or why it's happening.  You can always send in a supoort ticket to support@activerain.com when these issues pop up in the future. Thanks.  :-)

May 13, 2010 08:49 AM
Brian Black
Trueblood Real Estate - Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, IN - Carmel, IN
Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers IN REALTOR
Sounds good! Thanks for the help!
May 13, 2010 04:26 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm with Bill!  I have more trouble with MyBlogLog than anything!  I can't seem to get to the analytics, etc.  Hoping for a post on that too!  As for this one...I'm off to work AGAIN!

:-)

May 13, 2010 04:43 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is great.  I am amazed.. will have to check it out.  Thanks.

May 13, 2010 04:44 PM
Brian Black
Trueblood Real Estate - Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, IN - Carmel, IN
Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers IN REALTOR

Looks like Google Analytics is up and running again fort he outside blogs.  Good Job AR!

Jun 09, 2010 04:30 AM
Jane Becker
Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge - Worcester, MA
CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI

This is great, now if I can figure out how to get that grey shadow of a woman replaced with my mug....

Aug 01, 2010 08:31 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Jane - if you need help with that, you know I'm here.  :-)  Just click on the customize link in the black toolbar across the top of your outside blog, and click on the upload button next to the sidebar image option.  Just call me if you need me ok?  Thanks. :-)

Aug 02, 2010 08:32 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Would be very valuable to have google analytics on our regular AR posts. Is that possible?

Oct 29, 2010 02:41 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Dave  -  I totally agree, that's one you'll have to take up with the AR programmers though.  :-)

Oct 29, 2010 03:12 PM
Nick Krehnke 425-202-5655
All Square Mortgage INC. - Seattle, WA
"Your Trusted Friend in the Home Loan Biz" :)

we can't use Google analytics on our Active internal profile blog?

Mar 30, 2011 12:50 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey Nick - unfortunately Google Analytics won't work on AR Blogs for whatever reason, but there are other solutions and programs that will like sitemeter and getclicky etc.  There's a couple posts I've written that will help you with this if you need. 

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