How to Set Up Author Tracking in Google Analytics (Step by Step)

Would you like to track the performance of your blog authors? The standard configuration of Google Analytics doesn’t allow author tracking. To enable author tracking, you’ll need to add Author as a custom dimension in Google Analytics. In this guide, we’ll show you the easy way to set up author tracking in Google Analytics.

Why Should You Enable Author Tracking?

Author tracking in Google Analytics gives you valuable insights on the performance of your blog authors. With author tracking, you can discover…

  • the most popular author of your blog
  • how many pageviews each author is getting
  • which author’s posts keep visitors on your site by analyzing the bounce rate

Ready to find out your own blog author stats? Let’s get started.

How to Set Up Author Tracking in Google Analytics

Step 1: Install MonsterInsights and Custom Dimensions

In order to enable author tracking, you need to set up custom dimensions both in your WordPress site and in your Google Analytics account.

To add Author as the custom dimension in WordPress, you’ll need the MonsterInsights Pro plugin and the Dimensions addon. To access the addon, you must have the Pro license.

Make sure to connect the plugin with Google Analytics.

Step 2: Add Custom Dimensions in MonsterInsights

You can navigate to Insights » Settings in your WordPress dashboard. Then, click on the Tracking tab on the upper tab row, and then to the Custom Dimensions tab on the left tab row.

setting up MonsterInsights custom dimensions

Now click on Add new custom dimension and select Author as the dimension type.

select author as custom dimension type

Then, click the Save Changes button.

Step 3: Set Up Custom Dimensions in Google Analytics

Now that we’ve set up the Custom Dimensions correctly on your website, we’ll have to set them up in Google Analytics as well.

Log into your Google Analytics account, and select the website for which you’d like to set up custom dimensions.

click on google analytics view

Click on the Admin tab in the left panel. Now click Custom Definitions and then Custom Dimensions.

click custom dimensions

You’ll see a table where you can click + New Custom Dimension.

click new custom dimension button

Now in the Name field, enter Author and click Create. You don’t have to change any other settings. Then, click Done.

creating new custom dimension

Step 4: Match Custom Dimensions IDs

The final step is to check that the index number in Google Analytics corresponds with the Custom Dimension ID in the MonsterInsights settings.

First, check the index number for Author in Google Analytics.

author tracking in analytics


Next, go back to your Custom Dimensions settings in MonsterInsights. Make sure the Custom Dimension ID corresponds to the index number in Google Analytics. If not, type in the correct number and click Save Changes.

author tracking wordpress

How to Access Author Tracking in Google Analytics

To access the author tracking data, you’ll have to create a custom report by navigating to Customization » Custom Reports in the left taskbar. In the Report Content section, specify your preferred metric groups. In Dimension Drilldowns, add Author as your dimension. Then, click Save.

custom reports in customization

This will show you a custom traffic report with Author as the primary dimension.

author tracking in google analytics

How to Customize Your Traffic Report With Author Tracking

You can customize your traffic report by choosing Author as your secondary dimension.

In Google Analytics, navigate to Behavior » Site Content » All Pages. Click on any primary dimension, say Page Title. Then, choose Author as the secondary dimension. This will add the author column to the report you are looking at.

Google Analytics secondary dimension

See the custom traffic report below.


You can then sort the order and change the view of your traffic report. You can also export the data into a spreadsheet from Google Analytics.

That’s it!

We hope this guide helped you to set up author tracking in Google Analytics.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also want to read our guide on creating a goal for tracking conversions in Google Analytics.

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