[Pro] Cannot find where to paste Google Analytics code snippet

Just realized recently that I’ve been running without Google Analytics since I rebuilt my site. :frowning:
I have logged into my Google Analytics account and configured my site as a Google Analytics property. I have my code snippet, but I can’t figure out how to install the code in my Freeway-built site. Don’t laugh, but I think the last time I did this it was either with Freeway 2 or even with Netscape Composer! Probably eight years ago.
I have a feeling this is easy, but I can’t even find how to see my page as code in Freeway 5.5 Pro.

Here are Google’s instructions for insertion of the code snippet:
Paste your snippet (unaltered, in it’s entirety) into every web page you want to track. Paste it immediately before the closing tag.
If you use templates to dynamically generate pages for your site (like if you use PHP, ASP, or a similar technology), you can paste the tracking code snippet into its own file, then include it in your page header.
I don’t think my site uses any PHP or ASP, but I’m not sure. I made it from a Freeway template.
Can i get some pointers as to where to go to paste this snippet in?

Thanks,

Michael Tyler
GalvanicMac Consulting
Walnut Creek, California


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Hmm - I think you’re not alone :slight_smile:

Try this:

Select the top folder of your site and choose page → folder action and find there “google analytics” action and add there the UA number.

It should still work - even after years.

Cheers

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Under INSPECTOR > ACTIONS
I found a place to paste in the site code (UA-XXXXXXXXX-1), which I obtained from the snippet, but I still have not found a place to paste in the entire snippet.
I realize that at some point I had the Freeway Action for Google Analytics. I don’t know if that takes care of all of the code snippet, and if it’s up to date.
Do I just wait 24 hours now and run the tests that Google suggests?


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Thomas, I think we were writing about the same time. :slight_smile:


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So having the Google Analytics Action installed previously and now having the site code entered today should finally complete the task?
Does it take 24 hours or so to start reporting results on my Analytics page?


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Hi Michael,

yeah obviously. All you need to do is to add the number (the code is added automagically) - and yes just wait 'til google is starting the next indexing wave (no timescale promised).

Cheers

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If you look in the “real time” analytics you can check if it’s working straight away. Open a new browser window and navigate your site while looking at the real time stats.

David Owen

http://www.ineedwebhosting.co.uk

On 13 May 2014, at 22:06, “MIchael Tyler” email@hidden wrote:

Does it take 24 hours or so to start reporting results on my Analytics page?


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It doesn’t appear to be working, but it hasn’t yet been 24 hours. Also, I’m wondering … I only created one “property” for my entire four-page site. So, I entered the same “site code” in each action for each page. Would you recommend creating separate properties for each page? Is that necessary for me be able to know who has checked out my rates, or my links, for example?


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Okay, now that I’ve re-saved and published and uploaded. I can see evidence of my having navigating the site, when I’m looking at the real time display. And when I check the status, it now says it is installed.
Now, the only question I have remaining is whether I should have unique codes on each of the four pages of my site.


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It doesn’t appear to be working, but it hasn’t yet been 24 hours. Also, I’m wondering … I only created one “property” for my entire four-page site.

I’m a bad counselor here, but I think that’s what I usually do as well.

So, I entered the same “site code” in each action for each page.
Would you recommend creating separate properties for each page?

Where I’m not sure if this is necessary cause I am under the impression that this is exactly the job of the “folder” action.

Is that necessary for me be able to know who has checked out my rates, or my links, for example?

Ahmm - sure (maybe), cause it is a marketing tool - isn’t it? It shows geographical things, where they’re coming from (deep linking), how long they’re on your site (bounce rate) and how deep they’re browsing.

All I can do is to recommend a more restrictive way of building webpages. I wrote it several times now in different lists that the “drop’n drag no-think” method could cause some problems these days.

In your specific case:

  1. You built your page on tables. Any specific reason for this? Tables can be sometimes hard to parse. Choose HTML item method instead or make sure that the big blue by default CSS button on.

  2. Your main message “Enhancing your iPad/iPhone/Mac experience” is “graphic text”. I’d put this into a h1 TAG native HTML text.

  3. Your page titles will be EXACTLY the same then h1.

  4. Your current page-title (index) is more like the meta description, so I’d put it there.

  5. GalvanicMac’s Primary Areas of Focus I’d wrap into a h2 Tag

  6. Reduce the amount of name styles (about 15)

This is simple and small SEO and there are companies that would charge $500 now (send you my invoice later :-).

For more infos (incomplete) you could have a look at:

http://www.kimmich-digitalmedia.com/videos/013_thecodingepisodes_part6_the-paragraph

and

http://www.kimmich-digitalmedia.com/articles/workflow-wireframe-construction

Cheers

Thomas


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On May 13, 2014, at 11:52 PM, MIchael Tyler wrote:

It doesn’t appear to be working, but it hasn’t yet been 24 hours. Also, I’m wondering … I only created one “property” for my entire four-page site. So, I entered the same “site code” in each action for each page. Would you recommend creating separate properties for each page?

No. You only need one per site. If you put a different code on each page, then the pages have no connection to one another in GA’s eyes, and you will have an infinitely harder time figuring out what sort of traffic patterns your site is generating.

Walter

Is that necessary for me be able to know who has checked out my rates, or my links, for example?


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Thanks everyone! I have my work cut out for me. :slight_smile:


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Thomas,
Responding to your VERY helpful post:

“In your specific case:
You built your page on tables. Any specific reason for this? Tables can be sometimes hard to parse.”

Thomas, I didn’t consciously make this choice. I built the site off of a Freeway Pro Template, could the template have been table based? Also, originally, 6 or 7 years ago, all of the text I added was graphic, because I thought it looked better, but after I learned about how the crawlers worked I changed it all to HTML text EXCEPT for my main logo that you refer to below. I didn’t think it was possible to get the stroke and shadow with the exact font, etc. for my logo and still have crawlable text. If it is, I’m all “ears.” I made my logo in Photoshop.

“Choose HTML item method instead or make sure that the big blue by default CSS button on.”

I had never known what the big blue CSS button was for. I will look into that further. :slight_smile:

“Your main message “Enhancing your iPad/iPhone/Mac experience” is “graphic text”. I’d put this into a h1 TAG native HTML text.”

(Responded to above.)

“Your page titles will be EXACTLY the same then h1.
Your current page-title (index) is more like the meta description, so I’d put it there.
GalvanicMac’s Primary Areas of Focus I’d wrap into a h2 Tag
Reduce the amount of name styles (about 15)”

This is where you kind of lost me. The terminology, “H1,” “H2,” “meta description,” is making me think I need to read up on basic HTML. And, I’m not sure what you mean on reducing the “amount of name styles.” You are saying I currently have about fifteen? I think this is what you are getting at in your video. Probably because I use the Inspector. :-/

From your video I get the impression that you’re saying that one of the features of Freeway that purports to automatically code for us, does not do it very elegantly, and you are saying that if you can know a little HTML, you can clean it up and make it a lot cleaner. Did I get that right?

I must admit that part of the reason I use Freeway Pro is that I have never gotten around to RETAINING any of the little bit of HTML that I’ve learned here and there, like when I bold face or italicize something on Wikipedia, that’s about all I can say I’ve done with HTML code! LOL
(Freeway Pro was sold to me as “the web authoring tool for people that are comfortable with graphic design programs.”).


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