how to set up author tracking in wordpress

How To Set Up Author Tracking In WordPress With Google Analytics (The Easy Way)

(Last Updated On: March 2, 2021)

Do you have multiple authors writing content on your blog?

Do you want to know who’s the most popular author amongst them all?

You are at the right place

In this post, I’m going to show you exactly how to set up author tracking in WordPress

Knowing your blog authors’ performance will help you find the best performers or vice versa

It allows you to see which authors’ post  keep visitors on your blog

But how do you know which author is crushing it?

It’s simple, with Google Analytics you can set up author tracking on your WordPress blog and easily track your authors’ performance without a hassle

How To Set Up Author Tracking In WordPress With Google Analytics

how to set up author tracking in WordPress with Google analytics

By default, there are no settings to enable author tracking in Google Analytics

You will need custom settings to enable this feature 

But don’t fret, it’s easy using the MonsterInsights plugin

MonsterInsights is the most trusted and powerful WordPress plugin for Google analytics

It makes it easy to add advanced features in Google Analytics without any coding skills

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Once you add the author tracking feature you will get incredible reports about the most popular author of your blog, page views for blog posts by author and the bounce rate

Awesome isn’t it?

And the cool part is it’s easy and it only takes a few steps to setup

Now let’s get the party started!

STEP 1: Install MonsterInsights For Author Tracking In Google Analytics

I assume you already have a Google Analytics account,

If you don’t have one simply visit Google Analytics and create your free account

Now install and activate the MonsterInsights Pro plugin

NOTE: MonsterInsights has a free version but we need a premium (Pro) version to enable Author Tracking

Upon activation, go to Insights >> Addons to install and activate the Dimensions addon

STEP 2: Connect Google Analytics With WordPress Using MonsterInsights

To connect Google Analytics with WordPress:

Go to your MonsterInsights account and copy your license key

Back to your WordPress blog >> go to Insights >> Settings and paste the key in the license key field and click on the Verify Key button

License Key

STEP 3: Add New Custom Dimensions In MonsterInsights

Now that your license is verified, on your WordPress dashboard:

Go to Insights >> tracking >> Custom dimensions and click on add new custom dimensions

Custom Dimensions- author tracking

Select author from the drop-down >> save changes to store your settings

Select Author- author tracking

STEP 4: Add Custom Dimensions For Author Tracking In Google Analytics

Now that you have added new custom dimensions in MonsterInsights it’s time to add them in Google Analytics as well

Log in to your Google Analytics account and open your site link to add custom dimensions

Now go to Admin >> Custom Dimensions

Click on custom dimensions- author tracking

This is where we are, click on the New Custom Dimension button in the table

New custom dimension- set up author tracking

It will open the form to create a new custom dimension, add Author in the name field and click on the create button

STEP 5: Match The Index Number Of Google Analytics With The Custom Dimension ID In MonsterInsights

In Google Analytics the index number for Author is under the Index column, simply note this number

Author tracking

Next, on your WordPress dashboard go to Insights >> Settings >> Tracking and go to Custom Dimensions from the left-hand menu

You don’t need to do anything if the Custom Dimension ID is the same as the index number in Google Analytics

But if it’s different then enter the same number you note from Google Analytics and don’t forget to click save changes

Custom Dimensions ID

STEP 6: Add A Custom Report In Your Google Analytics Account To Track The Blog Authors

Now we want to track your blog authors:

Visit your Google Analytics account and go to Customization >> Custom Reports

Look for the Report Content fields and define the metric groups

Now add Author in the Dimension Drilldown and hit save,

Custom reports

It will display the traffic report for the custom Author dimension that we created.

You can also monitor the page views and bounce rates according to your blog authors

Author report

Bonus: How To View Detailed Author Reports In Google Analytics

NOTE: You have lots of options to change the settings in Google Analytics and view custom reports. Google Analytics also allows you to export your reports as spreadsheets

To view custom author reports, select Author as a secondary dimension in Google Analytics

Visit Behaviour >> Site Content >> All pages and choose any primary dimension

Now go to the Secondary Dimension dropdown

Under Custom Dimensions click Author to view the custom reports with other primary dimensions

Secondary dimension

It will add a new author column and display the name of the author next to each blog post title,

Custom author report

This allows you to view more personalized reports for your authors

That’s all

Enjoy Tracking Your Blog Authors In WordPress With Google Analytics

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