how to add a wordpress stats dashboard

How to Add a WordPress Stats Dashboard in Under 2 Minutes

Do you want to add a WordPress stats dashboard and check views for individual posts and pages?

When you know how your individual posts and pages are performing, you can optimize each of them to boost your site’s conversions. Google Analytics is a powerful tool you can use to track the performance of your posts and pages precisely.

In this article, we’ll show you how to see stats for each individual post or page in WordPress (step-by-step). Let’s start…

Why Do You Need a WordPress Stats Dashboard?

You might be wondering since Google Analytics offers reports about how your posts and pages are performing, why do you need a stats dashboard?

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Well, here are a few reasons why it’s beneficial to have all the important data about your blog posts in your dashboard:

  • At times, website owners are so caught up in different tasks that they forget to log in to Analytics and check stats of their blog posts. But a WordPress stats dashboard helps you view the performance of your posts at a glance.
  • You don’t have to spend hours going through multiple Google Analytics reports to find the right data. A stats dashboard brings useful information in one place, so you can make decisions.
  • Save time by not having to switch between windows or tabs by viewing your pages and posts performance in your dashboard.

Now, are you ready to learn how to check stats of your WordPress pages and posts?

How to Add a WordPress Stats Dashboard

Just follow these steps, and you can view data about your pages and posts in no time.

Step 1. Install MonsterInsights WordPress Plugin

First, you’ll need to install MonsterInsights on your WordPress site. It’s the best Google Analytics WordPress plugin, as it helps you set up advanced tracking with a few clicks and helps you create a stats dashboard (without coding).

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MonsterInsights simplifies the entire process of installing the Analytics code in WordPress as well as viewing your important website data because you can see the highly comprehensive reports right inside your WordPress dashboard.

Besides, it allows you to easily set up tracking metrics like eCommerce tracking, forms conversions, Google ads tracking, file downloads, etc.

To get started, download MonsterInsights’ plugin file on your computer and install it in WordPress. Then, you’ll need to connect your Google Analytics account with your WordPress site. It takes just a few clicks!

If you need detailed instructions, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to set up Google Analytics in WordPress with MonsterInsights.

Step 2. Install and Activate the Page Insights Addon

To allow you to track your individual WordPress posts and pages, MonsterInsights comes with its Page Insights addon. It lets you view the stats for each of your WordPress blog posts and pages directly in your dashboard.

You can install the addon by visiting the Insights » Addons page from your WordPress dashboard. Then navigate to Page Insights and click Install.

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After it’s installed, wait for a few seconds and the addon will activate. You can see addon’s status change to Active.

That’s it! Now, you can see the stats for your individual WordPress posts and pages right out of the box.

Step 3. Viewing Stats for Individual Posts and Pages in WordPress

Once you’ve installed and activated MonsterInsights’ Page Insights addon properly in WordPress, you can check stats for each blog post and page in WordPress easily.

To view the stats for your individual posts, you’ll need to visit Posts » All Posts from your dashboard. Similarly, you’ll need to go to Pages » All Pages to view the stats for your individual pages.

Now, you can see an Insights column added on your WordPress Posts/ Pages screen.

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Next, click on the Insights icon next to a blog post or page to view the stats for the specific blog post or page.

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You’ll see a popup window with stats for the individual blog post or page.

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The Page Insights report allows you to quickly view the following important metrics:

  1. Bounce Rate: The percentage of single-page sessions in which users view only a single page and exit your site without triggering any other request to the Analytics server.
  2. Entrances: The number of times users enter your website through the specific blog post or page.
  3. Page Views: The total number of views for the specific blog post or page.
  4. Time on Page: The average time users spend on the specific blog post or page.
  5. Page Load Time: The average time it takes to load the specific blog post or page.
  6. Exits: The number of times users exit your website through the specific post or page.

Now that you can view the key metrics for each individual blog post or page from your WordPress dashboard, you can easily identify which posts and pages are doing well and which need optimization.

Then, you can optimize the low-performing pages or posts to boost user engagement and conversions.

Step 4. View Page Insights on the Front-End of Your Site

With MonsterInsights Page Insights, you can also check stats of your posts and pages on the front-end of your site as well.

Make sure that you’re logged in to your WordPress website. Then visit any page or post on your website and simply click the Insights option in the admin bar.

This will open up the stats for your post or page. You can view how many pages views it got, the time on page people spend, its bounce rate, entrances, and exits.

How to See Stats for Individual Posts in Google Analytics

Alternatively, you can view stats for individual posts or pages from your Google Analytics account. This method may be best for users who’re already intimately familiar with the Google Analytics platform.

First, you’ll need to log into your Google Analytics account. Then, go to Behavior » Site Content » All Pages.

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There, you’ll see the stats for your individual pages and posts. As with Page Insights reports, you can see the important metrics like pageviews, unique pageviews, average time on page, entrances, bounce rate, exit rate, and page value.

On the first page, you’ll see the top 10 pages and posts. To view more pages and posts, you can click the pagination arrows at the bottom.

This way, you can easily view your top-performing posts and pages but you’ll need to view almost all the pages to find the least performing pages and posts by clicking on one page after another.

However, there’s a search option to directly find stats for a specific page or post.

First, you’ll need to copy the slug for the page or post. A slug is the part of a URL that identifies a specific post or page. It’s often the last part of a URL, which is editable.

For example, let’s take this URL (https://www.monsterinsights.com/google-analytics-plugin/).

Here, /google-analytics-plugin/ is the slug.

So, copy the slug of the specific page or post and paste it in the search box of your Google Analytics reports page.

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Now, you can see the stats for the specific page or post.

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That’s it!

We hope this article helped you to learn how to check stats for individual WordPress posts and pages with Google Analytics. You may also want to learn how to add a stats dashboard on your WordPress site.

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Comments

  1. Hi! For some reason I don’t really have an “Insights” section on my blog…where can I activate that? Thanks

    1. Hello,

      Please install and activate the Page Insights addon by going to Insights » Addons » Page Insights. Feel free to reach out if you require further assistance 🙂

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