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How to Track Site Visitors Coming to Your WordPress Website

by Lindsay Liedke on Sep 4, 2018

Are you wondering how many people come to your website on a daily basis? The number of site visitors that click on your website equals the number of opportunities you have to increase your form conversions, build a bigger email list, or sell more products and services.

In this article, we’ll show you how to track site visitors coming to your WordPress website so you can monitor how well your business is growing and whether your form conversion rates are keeping up.

Why is Website Traffic Important?

Website traffic is important for establishing yourself as a reputable brand. In fact, if you don’t have site visitors coming to your website, no one will ever subscribe to your email list, engage with your content, or buy your products and services.

Having more site traffic can also help you:

  • Build better relationships with a broader audience
  • Get your site’s content shared across more social media platforms
  • Generate more high quality leads
  • Identify, nurture, and solve more pain points that will help you build your business
  • Expand your business in terms of employees, products/services, physical locations, and revenue

So, now you know why website traffic is important, but do you know how to track whether your traffic numbers are increasing?

If you don’t, you’ll never know whether your efforts are working or not. Not to mention, have a site traffic starting point, and an end goal in mind, can serve as a motivator to work harder to generate more leads and get more conversions.

So, let’s take a look at how to track the number of site visitors coming to your WordPress site:

Step 1: Set Up a Google Analytics Account

The first thing you’ll need to do is sign up for a Google Analytics account.

To do this, go to the Google Analytics website and click the Start for free button in the top right hand corner.

ga account sign up

Sign in to your Google account.

Then, click on Sign up.

ga sign up

Choose the Website option near the top to make sure you’re tracking the right thing.

ga new account

Then, scroll down and enter your website’s information:

  • Name your Google Analytics account
  • Enter a website name
  • Add your website’s URL
  • Choose an Industry Category
  • Select your time zone

ga account information

Lastly, click on Get Tracking ID.

get tracking id

When the modal popup appears, review and accept the terms of service.

Now your Google Analytics account is all set up!

Step 2: Install and Activate MonsterInsights

The next step is to set up MonsterInsights, the best Google Analytics plugin on the market.

Of course, you can use Google Analytics alone to track the number of site visitors that come to your website. The problem with that is, in order to accurately track the number of site visitors coming to your WordPress website, you’ll have to deal with tracking code on your site, which can be tricky.

However, if you want to see what that might look like, take a look:

ga site traffic

Here you can see the following data:

  • Users
  • New Users
  • Number of Sessions
  • Sessions per User
  • Pageviews
  • Number of Pages/Session
  • Average Session Duration
  • Bounce Rate

You’ll also see how many site visitors are returning and how many are new.

That said, with MonsterInsights, you don’t have to deal with any code, and connecting your WordPress website to your Google Analytics is a cinch. You also have access to exclusive reports right in your WordPress dashboard that can give you more insight into your site’s traffic, lead generation efforts, and form conversions.

So, let’s get started.

After purchasing the MonsterInsights Pro plugin, log into your MonsterInsights account by clicking on the Login link at the top of the page.

MonsterInsights Account

Next, go to the Downloads tab on your account page. You’ll see a link where you can download the MonsterInsights Pro plugin.

MonsterInsights Downloads

Before moving on to the next step, make sure you deactivate and remove any other Google Analytics plugin or tracking code you have on your website.

Now that you’ve downloaded the plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard to install and activate the plugin on your site.

Go to Plugins » Add New and click on Upload Plugin, found near the top of the screen.

Upload MonsterInsights Plugin

On the next screen, select Choose File to select the zip file you just downloaded from your MonsterInsights account.

Click Install Now to upload the file and install it on your website.

MonsterInsights Zip Drive

Once uploaded, click the Activate Plugin to activate it on your site.

Activate Plugin

Lastly, go to your My Account page in your MonsterInsights account to get your license key.

License Key

Copy your license key and go to Insights » Settings in your WordPress dashboard. Click on Verify Key, paste your license key, and click Activate Key.

Activate Key

MonsterInsights in now activated.

Step 3: Connect Your Website to Google Analytics

To use MonsterInsights, you’ll need to connect your WordPress website to your Google Analytics account. Again, this is very easy to do because with MonsterInsights, you don’t have to mess with any tracking code.

To start, go to Insights » Settings in your WordPress dashboard. Click on the Authenticate with your Google account button.

Authenticate Account

On the next screen, select your profile.

Choose Account

When prompted, click the Allow button to give MonsterInsights access to your Google Analytics data.

Allow GA Access

Next, select the website profile you want to authenticate and click Complete Authentication.

Choose Site Profile

Now your WordPress website is connected to your Google Analytics account.

Step 4: View MonsterInsights Reports

Let’s take a look at the reports MonsterInsights has to help you track your website’s traffic, among other things.

To get to the reports, go to Insights » Reports.

Overview Report
Under the Overview Report tab, you can see a lot of information about the site traffic coming to your WordPress website.

monsterinsights overview report

To start, see a visual graph of the number of sessions and pageviews your site has gotten over a certain period of time. You can set this time range to be 7 days, 30 days, or a custom time range.

Next, you’ll see a quick view of key metrics such as the number of sessions and pageviews, the average session duration, and your site’s bounce rate.

monsterinsights quick view

This helps you determine whether the traffic that is coming to your website is sticking around and engaging with your content or not.

Lastly, you’ll see New vs. Returning Visitors and the Device Breakdown in pie charts. And if you keep scrolling, you can check out the top 10 countries where you’re site visitors are located, as well as your top referral sources.

top countries and referrals sources

Publishers Report
Under the Publishers Report tab, you’ll find more metrics that can help you learn more about the people that are coming to your website:

  • Landing pages
  • Exit pages
  • Outbound links
  • Affiliate links
  • Download links
  • Demographics and Interest categories

Find out how many visitors are going to your various webpages, how many people are clicking on your outbound and affiliate links, and how many people have clicked a download link on your website.

In addition, see the age ranges, gender, and interests of all site visitors coming to your website.

monsterinsights publishers report

eCommerce Report
Under the eCommerce Report tab, you’ll see the number of people coming to your online shop, along with specific details related to onsite transactions:

  • Conversion rate
  • Number of transactions
  • Revenue generated
  • Average order value
  • Top products

monsterinsights ecommerce report

With this information, again you can track how many people are coming to your online shop. But you can also identify which products in your online shop are the most popular, so you can continue to promote them and secure more sales.

Search Console Report
Under the Search Console Report tab, you’ll see the top 50 Google search terms your site ranks for.

monsterinsights search console report

This is great for understanding which keywords are driving the most traffic to your website and how effective your SEO efforts are.

If you want to make improvements, ramp up your keyword research using this data. If you are happy because the trend is moving upwards when it comes to site traffic, keep promoting your top keywords.

For help with Google Search Console, make sure to check out this helpful tutorial for configuring your website with Google Search Console.

Custom Dimensions Report
Under the Custom Dimensions Report tab, you can track custom data such as the most popular:

  • Authors
  • Post Types
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • SEO Scores

monsterinsights custom dimensions report

Though this doesn’t track how much site traffic is coming to your website, it’s still helpful. For instance, now you can see what current site visitors find the most interesting on your site, so you can continue to develop strategies to drive more traffic to your site.

Forms Report
Under the Forms Report tab, you can see some of the most exciting information as it relates to both site traffic and your website’s forms.

monsterinsights forms report.

Check out how many people view and submit your website’s forms. In addition, get a solid conversion rate for each so you can see which forms are converting the highest on your site, and which ones might need adjustments.

And if you are offering site visitors content upgrades in exchange for their email addresses, be sure to read our article on how to track file downloads using MonsterInsights.

And there you have it! You now know how to track site visitors coming to your WordPress website.

If you feel like you have a good amount of traffic coming to your website, and want to learn how to grow your business using that traffic, make sure to read up on these 10 tips for improving contact form conversions.

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