By integrating Google Analytics with your Linkfire account, you can collect and process information from your Linkfire traffic inside the world’s largest web analytics platform. Getting started is simple enough, but you can also enable advanced custom dimensions.
Integrating Google Analytics with Linkfire (simple)
The quickest way to get started using Google Analytics with Linkfire is to simply paste your tracking ID into your board settings. This will then apply a tracking code to every link made inside that board, and it will even automatically supply Google Analytics with event-based actions that users take on your landing pages.
First, find your tracking ID inside your Google Analytics dashboard. It will look something like this: UA-12345678-9
Now paste it in the “Tracking id” field in the Google Analytics section of your board settings.
Click on “Save changes” at the bottom of the Google Analytics section, and you’re done! All of your links inside this board are now being tracked by your own Google Analytics account. They are also tracking the events that you selected inside the Google Analytics section of your board settings.
Enable custom dimensions (advanced)
In addition to standard traffic information and custom events, Google Analytics allows for tracking “custom dimensions”. This lets you pass on variable information to Google Analytics to gather in-depth information about what content your fans are engaging with and how. You can read more about custom dimensions in Google’s own guide.
Linkfire has already set everything up to start sending these custom dimensions to your Google Analytics account, but you need to add some custom settings in order for your Google Analytics account to be ready to receive that data. Start by logging in to your Google Analytics account. Now select the Admin tab and find the property on which you want to start receiving custom dimensions. In the “Property” column, click on “Custom Definitions” and then “Custom Dimensions”.
Here you will be able to add any custom dimensions you want to start receiving from Linkfire. To see which custom dimensions we support, refer to the “Custom dimensions” table inside the Google Analytics section in your board settings. Here you will see a list of dimensions, and a field where you can add a few more. Make a note of the names of the dimensions you want to start tracking, and then add these to your Google Analytics property by clicking “NEW CUSTOM DIMENSION” inside your Google Analytics dashboard.
Once you’re done adding them, you’ll notice that they will all have their own unique “Index” value. This value now needs to be entered for the corresponding dimensions inside your Linkfire board settings. It’s very important that the index values for the dimensions as defined inside Google Analytics correspond exactly to their respective index values inside Linkfire. Otherwise, any data you receive will be mixed up with the wrong dimension names.
Note that the right-most column inside the Dimensions table in Linkfire is called “Dimension name”, and that you can enter values in an input field for each dimension listed. This field is optional, and has no practical effect. This is there only for your own reference, in case you want to name the dimensions inside Google Analytics differently from their default names inside Linkfire. In that case, we recommend making a note in this field of the name you have given them in Google Analytics.
Once the above steps have been completed, remember to hit the “Save changes” button. Linkfire will now start sending custom dimensions to your Google Analytics account.
How tracking is applied across countries
By default, you will notice that any Google Analytics details you enter will be for the territory called “Default”. This means that these details will be applied whenever a user visits your links, regardless of where in the world they are located. If you want to create separate settings or specify a separate Tracking ID for visitors located in other countries, you can add those countries by searching for them in the “Add territory” field.
Once you have added additional countries, you can select them in the dropdown which originally only contained Default, or toggle between them with the arrow buttons on either side. Any countries added in this way will use their specific settings, and the settings specified in the “Default” territory will not apply to them.
How tracking is applied across links
This guide has mentioned that you should add your Google Analytics details in your board settings. When you do so, every link in that board will have those settings applied to it.
Instead, you can also add these settings directly to a single link. If you do so, those settings will be applied to that link only. However, if you have also added Google Analytics settings to the board that link is in, the link-level settings will not override those. Instead, it will use both sets of settings.
A third option is to add these settings to one particular Artist in your board. If you do so, any links tagged with that artist will include these Google Analytics settings. In this case, those settings will not override the ones specified in your board settings, and they will not be overriden by the settings on a link level. All three levels of settings will instead stack on top of each other.