Dec 072011

Composite usage snapshotThis is a quick note follow up on Brian Kelly’s blogging session from last week. This site uses WordPress with a kind of half way house between and a local installation – I am lucky enough that my colleagues in some far off basement maintain a shared installation of WordPress. This means it gets backed up and protected but at the same time I can manage the #rdtk_herts instance pretty much as I like and have full control over the look and feel and plugins. Definitely the best of both worlds.

If you are using WordPress, and haven’t already done so, I’d recommend installing a Google Analytics plugin.

We are using the Web Ninja Google Analytics Plugin by Josh Fowler. It is very easy to configure and provides a live view of traffic to your site including ‘today’. For me it brings immediacy and motivation to blog in a way that the more extensive but remote Google Analytics dashboard does not.  The composite image here shows the main dashboard view superimposed on our posts management view.

Enough programme engagement – time to do some RDM!

  6 Responses to “#jiscmrd 2011-2013 Launch Meeting – Blog analytics”

  1. Caution: don’t forget to remove yourself from the usage stats by setting up a filter, otherwise you will end up watching your own use! I can advise how to do this if need be.

    • If you know what IP address block your institution has been allocated, it can be useful to set up and compare “internal users” and “external users” segments.

      The newly-arrived Google Analytics Live beta is quite fun too: try tweeting or emailing a link to a post and then looking at the live visitor numbers a few minutes later for a true sense of immediacy and connection to your readers.

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  3. Why would you want to use a plugin for google analytics. We have simply copy/pasted the analytics code from Google into our theme’s footer. Every plugin you add to you blog/site will increase the overhead of you blog and slow it down. We have used this same method on our blog at <commercial site witheld >