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How to setup Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a free web analysis and hit-counter service provided by Google. We recommend it if you don’t already have any analysis functionality set up. You can set up an account by going to and setting up a free account. Once you’re signed up, or if you’ve already got an account, just copy the tracking code from the site and paste it into the ProPhoto input area.

Signing up for the first time

After you have logged in to your Google account, click on the “Sign up” link on the analytics page (

Adding a new domain name to an existing analytics account

After logging in to your analytics account, click the “Admin” link in the upper right corner.

Add a new account or a new property to an existing account.  Which you choose depends on how you want your analytics account organized.

Adding a new account
Adding a property to an existing account

Finding your tracking code

Whether you are signing up for the first time, adding an account or adding a property to an account, you will now set up your new tracking ID.  First select “Web Site.”
Then select your tracking method.  Because of the increased options the “Universal Analytics” provides, we recommend selecting this option.
Set up your web “property.”  Your website name can be whatever you want.  Obviously the url should be one you own.

If you are setting up a new account, you will name that as well.  If you are setting up just a new property then you won’t see this option.

Finding your tracking ID

Click “Get Tracking ID”
Get Tracking ID
Accept the the terms of service.
Copy the entire tracking code.

Finding your tracking ID for a site that is already in your Analytics account

  • Go to the “Admin” area of your Analytics account.
  • From the “Property” dropdown, select “Tracking Info” then “Tracking Code.”

Clicking this link will take you to the screenshot above where you can copy the tracking code.

Enter your tracking code

Go to “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Site Settings” > “Analytics” and paste the entire tracking code in the box for Google Analytics.

Activating your tracking code:

When using the “Universal Analytics” option, it can take up to a couple of days before Google reports that it is receiving data. So before you determine that you did not set it up correctly, wait a few days.
After a few days, go back to your “Admin” area of Google Analytics dashboard at  For your chose property return to the “Tracking Code” screen, as described above, and look for the “Receiving Data” message, indicating that your site is successfully linked with Google Analytics.
Note: ProPhoto will not count your own views of your blog when you are logged in, so the numbers reported by GA are not artificially inflated by your own views of your blog.

What about Google Tag Manager?

If you are getting fancy and use Google Tag Manger to handle multiple services like AdWords Conversion Tracking, DoubleClick services, special event listeners, or other special stuff, Google Tag Manager code can be pasted into our Google Analytics box mentioned above instead of your plain GA code. And since Google Tag Manager allows you to add Analytics to your Tag Manager containers, you can integrate this all at once, too.

Copy your Google Tag Manager code and paste into ProPhoto’s “Google Analytics” code area 
Just copy-paste your Tag Manager code and paste it into ProPhoto instead of regular Analytics code.


If you do not see the Receiving Data message, but instead see a “Tracking Not Installed” message, repeat the process above, making sure that you have copied and pasted the entire block of code from the Google Analytics site, and NOT just the UA-XXXXXXXX-1 number.
Also, be sure that you are not already running a WordPress plugin which manages Google Analytics code on your site.
Next, be sure you are not running a WordPress plugin which ‘hides’ your site with a “Maintenance Mode” so visitors cannot yet see your site. These plugins will block access to your site content, and Google will be unable to connect while these plugins are running. Check for a plugin of this type in WordPress here:  “Plugins” > “Installed Plugins”
Also, be aware that ProPhoto has an “Under Construction” mode, which behaves the same way. Make sure that you are not blocking access to your site with this feature by going here:  “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Site Settings” > “Misc.”
If you continue to have difficulty, please contact our Tech Support staff for assistance.


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