How to Get Started With the Performance Addon

The free version of Google Analytics allows you to track up to 10 million hits per month, per property. When you are running a high traffic site, you may hit the Google Analytics processing limit quite often.

By using the MonsterInsights Performance addon, there’s no need to spring for Google Analytics Premium (360). With the Performance addon, you can easily stay within the free processing limit of Google Analytics, no matter how much traffic you get.

To access the addon, you must have the Plus license plan or higher. Before starting, you’ll also have to have the MonsterInsights plugin installed and authenticated with Google Analytics.

The Performance Addon

The MonsterInsights Performance addon gives you the ability to make sample rate and site speed sample rate adjustments that help you to stay within the Google Analytics processing limit. This addon comes with two options.

  • Sample Rate: Specify what percentage of users should be tracked.
  • Site Speed Sample Rate: Configure how often site speed tracking beacons will be sent. By default, 1% of users will automatically be tracked.

Installing the Performance Addon

First, go to Insights » Addons and click Install under the MonsterInsights Performance addon.

install the performance addon

After the plugin is installed, the button will change to say Activate. Go ahead and click the Activate button to make sure the addon is active and ready to use.

activate the performance addon

After the activation, you can adjust the sample rate and site speed sample rate by navigating to Insights » Settings » Tracking » Performance.

performance addon settings menu

That’s it! The addon will work automatically without any further configuration of the MonsterInsights settings.