In the fist part of Google Analytics 101, we talked about what Google Analytics is, how it helps site owners, and how to sign up. At the end of the sign-up process, we arrived at the Analytics Settings page, which is where you administer your account and make important changes.
- This picture is of an account that hasn’t finished code installation. At the top you’ll notice the box with the yellow exclamation mark that says the tracking code hasn’t been detected. This box will go away once your code is installed. If you need to look at your code again, click the ‘Check Status’ button to get it.
- This grey-headlined box in the middle of the page contains your Website Profiles. Here’s the first of some important Analytics definitions: a profile is a set of rules that determines what data shows up in your Analytics reports. The rules for a particular profile include user access levels, advanced configurations, and most importantly, the website being tracked. You can have as many profiles as you want, meaning that you can track multiple domains each with their own profile. Or, you can track one domain with multiple profiles to look at different sets of data. For now we’ll stick with one domain and one profile. You have to have at least one profile per Google Analytics account at all times.
- To the right of the Website Profiles box are links to our Help Center. These common FAQs in the Help Center fill in a lot of details if you’re having trouble setting up, or just feel like poking around.
- Underneath the Website Profiles box are links to add more profiles, manage user access, and create filters for your data. These tools, when properly set up, allow you to control what data shows up in your reports, making it easier to focus on certain segments of traffic. [AdWords Blog]
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