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How To Get Started With The Custom Dimensions Addon?

With custom dimensions addon, you can select your own custom data for tracking and display in your Analytify WordPress dashboard. You can easily track the performance of Authors, Post types, tags, categories, users, and more. Before setting up the custom dimensions on your WordPress website, you have to install and activate the Analytify Pro Version Custom Dimension Addon.

Custom Dimensions addon helps you track the following:

  1. Author Tracking: The author tracking will not only help you identify which author’s posts are driving most of the traffic, but it will also identify the average time a user spends on that post.
  2. Post Type: It will help you track which WordPress post types are performing better in terms of engagement.
  3. Category: It will help you track which sections of your website are performing well and are the most popular sections on your website.
  4. Published At: The Published At will allow you track the performance of content/blog post according to the published date of content/blog post.
  5. Logged in: This custom dimension will help you to track your website visitors/user’s status that they are logged in or not on your website.
  6. User ID: With this dimension, you can easily track the activity of Logged in users on your website.
  7. Tags: Tags will help you to get detailed performance insights/analytics of different posts that will help you to understand which post is performing well.
  8. SEO Score: If you are using Yoast SEO plugin on your website or blog then you can use the SEO score custom dimension to analyze the SEO Score of your post or pages in Google Analytics.
  9. Focus Keyword: If you are using Yoast SEO plugin on your website/blog then you can use the Focus Keyword custom dimension to analyze the focus keyword of your posts or pages in Google Analytics.

Note: For custom dimensions tracking and setup, you have to install and activate the Analytify Pro version on your website.

In this guide, we will discuss how to enable the custom dimensions addon and create custom dimensions.

How To Enable/Activate The Custom Dimensions Addon

To enable and set up the custom dimensions in Analytify, follow the guidelines given below

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Analytify and click on the Add-ons option.
  2. In the add-ons window, you will find a Custom Dimensions addon, you have to activate the Custom Dimensions addon for the setup of custom dimensions.

Custom Dimensions Addon

3. After clicking on the Activate add-on button, your custom dimension add-on is successfully installed on your WordPress website.

Custom dimensions Addon installed

How To Setup Custom Dimensions

Follow the given steps to create custom dimensions in Analytify:

  1. Before setting up a custom dimension, go to your Analytify plugin and click on setting. Now move your cursor to the Tracking tab, where you will find Google Dimensions in the drop-down menu.

Google Dimensions2. Now click on Google Dimensions, and you will see a new snippet where you can easily set up the dimensions in Google Analytics.

Google Dimensions Set up

3. Now click on Add dimensions button and you will see a drop-down list of different dimensions such as author, post type, category, etc. You will be able to get the Dimensions ID you from Google Analytics by creating these dimensions in Google Analytics.

Custom Google Dimensions list

Steps To Create Custom Dimensions In Google Analytics

  1. Go to your Google Analytics account & click on the admin tab.
  2. Now head over to create property section and click on custom definitions where you will find custom dimensions, just click on this option.

How to Setup Custom Dimensions in Google Analytics

3. After clicking on the custom dimensions, a new window will open with the option new custom dimension, just click on this option.setup custom dimensions in Google Analytics

4. After clicking on the new custom dimension, a window will open simply add dimension name same as dimension that appears in your Analytify plugin plus select scope and click on create button.

add Custom Dimensions in Google Analytics

Scope in Custom Dimensions
Scope of custom dimensions is defined as characteristic/property of each dimension and metric and each dimension or metric can only have one scope.

In Google Analytics, there are 4 types of  scopes, but in our case, we are using 2 scopes only for custom dimensions (Hit & Session)

  1. Hit
  2. Session
  3. Product
  4. User

Hit – Hit is defined as a single action on your website/blog like page view or an event is occurred/triggered by downloading a file (pdf, word)
Session – A session is defined as one or more hits/actions within a certain time span.
Product – This scope value is applied to the product for which it has been set (Enhanced Ecommerce only).
User – This scope value is applied to all hits in current and future sessions until value changes or custom dimension is made inactive.

Note: We will select scope according to the type of custom dimension that we are going to create. For author custom dimension we will select the scope Hit because in this custom dimension we will track the performance of authors content performance that include views, impression, clicks and these metrics are count as a Hit.

5. After creating a custom dimension you will find details of your custom dimension in Google Analytics like this:

How to Setup Custom Dimensions in Google Analytics

Complete Video of Adding Custom Dimensions in Google Analytics

Now go to Analytify’s setting and hover on the Tracking tab, from the drop-down menu select Google Dimensions

In this scenario we are adding author as the custom dimension, therefore we select Author from the drop-down menu and add the index number retrieved from Google Analytics.

Now click save for the changes to take effect.

Add dimensions and ID

Complete Video of Adding Custom Dimensions in Analytify


Note: Same steps you need to follow to add other dimensions in Google Analytics & Analytify with different scope.

How To View Custom Dimensions Analytics In Analytify

If you want to view the Custom Dimensions Analytics in Analytify then you have to follow the given steps below.

  1. Go to your WordPress dashboard and Navigate to Analytify –> Dimensions
  2. Select the date range and click on the View stats to view the dimensions Analytics in Analytify.

Dimensions Analytics in Analytify

That’s it!

This is how you can enable and set up custom dimensions on your WordPress website and view custom dimensions Analytics in the Analytify dashboard.