Initial Setup for GA4
Hello and welcome! Today, I’m going to show you how to set up your first GA4 property and install your analytics tag. Let’s get started:
- Go to analytics.google.com and sign in to Google Analytics.
- You might need to do some minor beginner setup tasks, but what we want to do is create a new account.
- Create an account for your personal website. You can leave the default settings as they are.
- This will lead you to create your first property, which will be your first GA4 property.
- Name your property and set the time zone to Central (e.g., Chicago) and the currency to USD.
- The category can be “Arts and Entertainment,” and you can provide additional information about your website.
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Google has improved the setup process, so we will follow the instructions provided.
- We are setting up a new web platform, so enter your website URL (e.g., oopsjkc.com).
- Check the “Website” box for enhanced measurement. GA4 captures a lot of information automatically, including page views, scrolls, outbound clicks, search queries, video engagement, and file downloads.
- Click “Create Stream” to proceed.
- At this point, Google will inform you that no information has been received yet.
- To continue tracking, click the “Copy” button to copy the global site tag.
- Go to the back end of your website and access the customizer.
- Navigate to settings > embeds and paste the global site tag in the tracking embed area.
- Publish the changes.
- To verify if everything is set up properly, go to “Configure” and then “Debug View.”
- Open Google Chrome and visit your website. In the debug area, you can see the events happening.
- If needed, install the Google Analytics Debugger extension for Chrome to monitor events and ensure proper tracking.
- The debug view will show the page views and other interactions on your site.
- You can use this data to set up events and conversions, allowing you to track how users navigate through your website.
- For more detailed instructions, you can refer to the official Google support documentation on setting up debug mode and installing your Google GA4 tag.
Thank you, and goodbye!