UPDATED: 6 of the Best Google Analytics Plugins for WordPress in 2016

In today’s collection, we will look at some of the best Google Analytics WordPress plugins to help you track and improve your business. As the old saying goes “you cannot improve what you cannot measure” and that is where Google Analytics comes into shine some light on what is going on when visitors arrive on your site.

Here at 85Ideas we obsess about improvement, I personally live by the Japanese motto “Kaizen”  which translates to continuous improvement. Tracking users metrics allows us to deliver more of what users want along with lots of extra addition information which is worth gold to us.

If you are new to working with Analytics for WordPress, then I recommend you check out theses articles we have written to help you get up to speed:

The reason I have written this round-up is because there are a few cool plugins out there that help you get the most out of Analytics. You will see what I mean as you continue reading down this page, so without further ado lets look at some of the most amazing Google Analytics plugins for WordPress.

If you’re looking for the best Google Analytics plugins for WordPress this year, you already know the importance of an analytics tool for the growth of your website. It seems like most modern themes come with built-in support for tools like Google Analytics, and all you need to do is to paste the Analytics code into the specified area of the theme or plugin.

Once the code is placed in the right area, the tool starts working, and you can see each and every activity of the visitors on your website.

In other words, there’s no need to install a dedicated Plugin to make this thing work. Still, if you want to have a dedicated plugin, probably to get more features or if your WordPress theme doesn’t come with Analytics integration right out of the box, the following are the top six Analytics plugins you should consider.

#1 Google Analytics by MonsterInsights (Formally Google Analytics by Yoast)

Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

Google Analytics by MonsterInsights is the number one and most highly recommended plugin in this particular niche, and it comes in both free and premium variants. The installation part is simple, and the integration level with Google Analytics is immense. Once configured, the plugin not only tracks visitors but can also track the number of downloads or click on outbound links. The UI throughout the plugin is simple, and the tools are arranged in an easy way for the users to quickly understand them. With this plugin installed, you don’t need to open any other website to check out the analytical data, as it’s all available on the dashboard.

The best part about this plugin is that it uses the asynchronous code which is light weight and doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the server. It packs dozens of filters to help you figure out the exact user base. The development part of this plugin is available on GitHub, which is another sign of a premium product. The plugin can even track the search result and 404 error pages, in case if you’re in need of these features. Moreover, enabling the demographic and interest-based filters is easy, and the reports are always available to help you check out the performance. You can start with the free version and then move onto the premium one, once comfortable with it.

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#2 Google Analytics WD

google-analytics-wd

WordPress Google Analytics plugin “Google Analytics WD” by Web Dorado is a powerful free plugin that WordPress users will love. This plugin easily integrates Google Analytics into your website, and includes default features such as analytics reporting, traffic information, statistics overviews, and much more. This responsive plugin is a great way for users to get ahead of the competition by making use of the data that they already have.

While the free version is powerful, it still is fairly limited. Users looking to upgrade to the Pro Version will be looking at prices that start at $30, and go up based on features. Pro plans, however, unlock much more features including full Google Analytics reporting, ecommerce tracking, AdSense and AdWords reports, pushover notifications, and much more.

If you’re looking for an Analytics plugin that will take your site to the next level, this is worth a look.

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#3 WP Statistics

WP Statistics

WP Statistics is a simple to use, lightweight plugin, offering the compatibility and services related to Google Analytics. It works perfectly with search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, and even DuckDuckGo. It tracks visits based on GeoIP and even supports hashing IP addresses in the database to protect the privacy of the users.

Also, this plugin can track the statistics of emails and put them in a report for you to check. The plugin allows exporting data in the form of XML, CSV, or TSV files. It even packs shortcodes to different types of data, which can be used for widgets, posts, or pages. It’s not quite as powerful as the first and plugin on our list, but the export options are great, making it a viable player for users looking to pull reports on a consistent basis. 

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#4 Analytics Stats Counter Statistics

Analytics Stats Counter Statistics

If you’re looking for a straightforward and dependable plugin, then Analytics Stats Counter Statistics is a great option. It comes with very few features available in its arsenal, but each of them is helpful in recording the data and keeping track of things moving around your website.

This WordPress plugin for Google Analytics supports both IPv4 and IPv6 connections and comes with a simple and elegant looking analytic meter. It can track the performance of landing pages, and check unique visitors, returned visitors, can count web page views, and put statistics according to city, country, screen resolution, etc.

If you run more than one blog, then all of them can be managed under a single hood, thanks to the web application available for the plugin.

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#5 WP Power Stats

 

WP Power Stats

WP Power Stats, the fourth WordPress analytics plugin on our list, is a plugin working on its own, meaning it has no connection with the Google Analytics. 

It comes with built-in options to track visitors and generate reports based on various elements and filter them up for better analysis and is available in nine international languages. The plugin can tell you the number of page views, or unique views, the devices behind those views, traffic sources, browsers involved, search terms used, geographical locations, and operating systems. It even records the referrers details.

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#6 Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

 

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

If you are working on a limited budget or no budget at all, then I highly recommend this as the best option. It’s free and powerful; I use it on a few of my niche website. The highlights of this plugin for me is the live stats shown on each post/page. On paper, it seems to have all the features of the old Yoast Analytics plugin. The issue I had with this plugin was getting the custom dimensions to work. Which tracks authors, publication year, categories and user engagement and more. The only negative thing I can say about this plugin is its ease of use is not the best if you are a beginner. Also worth mentioning is that this plugin comes multi-site ready meaning you can allow each network site owner to add their Google Analytics tracking code and display the stats within the WP dashboard.

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#7 Analytify

 

Analytify

This is a simple plugin that gives you an in-depth breakdown of the post statistics on the backend and frontend. Analytify is super handy because instead of navigating through the individual section of Google Analytics you get it there on one page. Another noteworthy piece of information with regards to this plugin is the add-ons that will be available soon. The guys at Analytify as announced plans to release an add-on for Woo Commerce and Easy Digital Downloads tracking.

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Wrapping up

So there, you have a few cool plugins to make the must out of Google Analytics. If you found this article in any way useful,  please consider sharing it on your network. Let me know what you think? Did, I miss any out, please leave your feedback in the comment section below. I did find and test a few more plugins but decided they were not able to make the list.

 

Brian Harris
harrythis@live.com

Firstly welcome, I am an okay WordPress developer my passion is creating amazing free WP themes. Here at 85ideas we share awesome themes/plugins collections and useful tutorials. I also teach growth hacking here: 101 GrowthHacking.com | You can find me here: Twitter or Google+

21 Comments
  • Megan
    Posted at 09:57h, 26 September Reply

    Analytify looks great! I personally love data visualisations, it’s a way easier to understand than pure Google Analytics interface. Do you know any other plugins displaying statistics dashboard?

    • Brian H
      Posted at 05:34h, 27 September Reply

      Hi Megan,

      We use Google Analytics by Yoast the paid version that allows you to view your stats via WP dashboard. The free version also allows you to do so; I really like Google Analytics Dashboard for WP because not only does it enable you to see the stats via your admin. It also allows you to see the stats when on any post or page that I find useful.

  • Chuck
    Posted at 19:00h, 26 September Reply

    Hey Brian,

    Good find on Analytify. Being a dashboard junkie, I will have to try it out.

    We’ve built a bunch of tools for WordPress in the past (SlideDeck, Hello Bar, Flare) and finally got around to creating an analytics tool to scratch our own itch and do a lot of the thing that Google Analytics doesn’t – specifically for blogs.

    It’s called Filament and it’s free to sign up: http://filament.io/wordpress

    Instead of being a traditional analytics tool, it measures the engagement of your published content. Think of it as Buzzsumo for your own site/blog. You just connect your Google Analytics and WP blog/site to Filament and it will analyze your data to create an engagement score based on various touchpoints like pageviews, scroll depth, shares, comments and email submits…etc.

    You can then dig into your engagement data to to find actionable insights on what content you should write more of, where to promote certain topics based on previous engagement, which paid promotion provide the most results…etc. Or you can just leave it on autopilot and Filament will send you alerts when you have a breakout day with content or a huge drop off.

    I’m curious to get feedback from your audience.

    @disqus_8WEtwekZmZ:disqus, will we aren’t a dashboard service, we do have a pretty slick overview page for your site as well as each touchpoint like shares or user behavior that kinda acts like a dashboard. I’ve attached an example.

    • Megan
      Posted at 22:55h, 26 September Reply

      Hey Chuck,

      Nice, your solution looks amazing on this screenshot… Congratulations! Can you please let me know what is the cost of your tool after free trial period? Also does it work like a WordPress plugin (like e.g. http://codecanyon.net/item/analytics-dashboard/10819439) or as a separate tool? Do I need install anything by myself?

      Thanks.

      • Chuck
        Posted at 23:19h, 26 September Reply

        Hey Megan,

        Of course. It’s $29/mo after the free trial.

        In order to provide the best experience, you’ll want to log into filament.io. We will be adding some functionality to the plugin in the future, but there are too many features to jam in and we’re afraid it wouldn’t be a good experience. You can set up emails to prompt you of performance and all you have to do is click on a link in the email to dig into the insights.

        All you need to do after signing up is connect your Google Analytics and install the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/filament/.

        If you have any issues or feel like you need a longer trial, just reply to any of our emails and we’ll take care of you.

    • Brian H
      Posted at 05:49h, 27 September Reply

      Hi Chuck,

      That is an impressive range of tools you have created; I am familiar with most of them. Your plugin looks great I am sure a lot of people will find value in it. But for me it doesn’t seem to be solving any problem, we use easy social share that plugs into Google analytics and reports user engagement socially. The Yoast analytics allows us to set up custom dimensions for advanced tracking.

      The thing that stand out to me about Filament is the user interface 🙂

      • Chuck
        Posted at 18:31h, 27 September Reply

        Thanks for the feedback Brian. I am curious to hear what you think once you are able to give it a try and use the social and engagement features.

        Sorry regarding the self-promo. My comment was based on this callout at the end of your post:

        “Did, I miss any out, please leave your feedback in the comment section below.”

        • Brian H
          Posted at 22:18h, 30 September Reply

          I will give an opinion on Filament once I’ve tried it. Your comment was more than justified, but I had to mention self-promotion mainly to discourage the numerous human spammers we get 🙁

  • Aditya
    Posted at 20:26h, 19 May Reply

    Hi brian , I Have read your article and find it interesting also i appreciate your writings very usefull content…keep it up. I found a few more plugins here.
    Also, I would like to invite you to write a guest post on my website/blog so if you are interested to help me for that your most welcome…

  • Kelan
    Posted at 02:51h, 25 July Reply

    Great article. Just getting started making our own lifestyle blog so this is a huge help!

    • Editorial Staff
      Posted at 02:22h, 28 July Reply

      Glad we could help. It looks like your blog is coming along nicely. Keep it up!

  • Grace
    Posted at 14:00h, 09 August Reply

    Google analytics counter tracker is the best plugin that i have used since i started my blogging. Counting of visitors on my page isn’t as hard as before.
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/analytics-counter/

    • Editorial Staff
      Posted at 02:02h, 12 August Reply

      It looks like the link you shared leads to an error page in the WordPress directory. Care to share again?

  • PE
    Posted at 21:39h, 31 August Reply

    Hello!
    There is a small typo here “Not quite as powerful as the first and secon dplugin on our list” and a little mistake – the second plugin now is the plugin you describe here. May I have the update here? 🙂

    • Alex Olson
      Posted at 03:25h, 01 September Reply

      Hello, Krystian! We were combing posts and missed a couple key paragraphs. Thanks for pointing out those errors!

      -Alex

  • Betty
    Posted at 08:17h, 01 September Reply

    Great post! I think Google Analytics Counter Tracker plugin on WordPress is one of the best you can use this days. It is very easy to use and it is compatible with almost every version of WordPress. You get detailed and concise analysis of your website guest and a graphical representation.

  • bettie
    Posted at 08:21h, 01 September Reply

    Well these plugins are good but i think Google Analytics Counter Tracker plugin on WordPress is pretty good too. I have been using it and i find it very efficient in tracking down my website visitors.

    • Alex Olson
      Posted at 15:42h, 01 September Reply

      Great suggestion Bettie! We will be sure to check it out 🙂

  • nobelpeter
    Posted at 10:33h, 12 September Reply

    Great post thanks for the list of plugins i believe that Google Analytics Counter tracker is very simple and got easy features you can check it out.

  • kumbi
    Posted at 03:20h, 28 September Reply

    I’m in total support of @nobelpeter”s comment with Google Analytics Counter Tracker you get day to day statistics of your webpage.

  • Mani
    Posted at 04:43h, 03 October Reply

    This plugin Connects to my Google Analytics account and get Google Analytics statistics. It’s really helpful for me to check the data of visitors and has a feature to display percentage and even graphically.

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