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Google Site Kit Plugin for WordPress

Written by LouiseElizabeth

23rd August 2019

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Google Site Kit is the new recently released an open-source WordPress plugin. This plugin allows website owners to analyze, monitor, and improve their site performance, all in one place. In this post, I take your through Google Site Kit features and how to set it up on your WordPress website.

Google Site Kit Features

The site kit connects to the likes of Google Analytics, Search Console, and Adsense which are all provided by Google when you first set up your website. The Google Site Kit plugin helps you to set up these services all in one place and pulls in all the information into your WordPress site.

Dashboard for Google site kit

Google Analytics

This is a visitor tracking tool that tracks behaviour with real-time traffic statistics, the journey of visitors on your website, and other performance-related stats.

Google Search Console

The search console analyses your website’s performance in Google Search. You can see the status of indexing, traffic, and other significant search engine optimization (SEO) metrics.

Google AdSense

A platform for running contextual ads on your WordPress website.

Google PageSpeed Insights

This helps webmasters optimize their websites to load more quickly on the visitors’ device.

How to Install Google Site Kit

The plugin is currently in Beta and they plan to extend the plug in’s capabilities and integrations in the future. Due to it being in Beta you cant install the plugin as you usually would within WordPress and therefore need to follow these steps.

Open a browser and navigate to; https://sitekit.withgoogle.com and click onto “Get Developer Beta

Scroll down and click on the link “Download Right Here

Open WordPress and click onto “Plugins” from the left-hand side, then click “Add New

Choose the downloaded plugin or drag and drop the file into the section. “Install Now” and Activate the Plugin.

Add New Plugins

Tip: Make sure that you are logged into your Google account

To Create a Client Login

Once you have installed and activated your plugin, click “Start Setup” to integrate Google’s services within your WordPress website.

plugin get started

Click onto the blue link

Select get “OAuth credentials

Copy the text and paste into your WordPress site

Click the “Proceed” button.

Client configuration

Tip: If you have an ad/pop up blocker you will need to disable this feature temporarily.

Authenticate

To authenticate, click the “Sign in with Google” button and authenticate your WordPress website with Google.

You will need to Allow any prompts that then appear.

Authenticate with Google

Verify

You’ll then be redirected to your WordPress dashboard. Verify your website and click ‘Continue.’

Once completed, the next few steps will occur automatically and you can then go to the Dashboard.

You can add data into the Dashboard by connecting more services.

Site Kit & Search engine setup

Connecting Google Analytics

To connect to Google Analytics, click onto the corresponding “Connect Service” link and then “Proceed“.

Connecting Google Analytics

Select your account. Click onto “Advanced” and then onto “Go to [your domain]” link.

Click ‘Allow‘ on any popup messages until you reach the dashboard.

Grant permission
Analytics Accounts

When you reach the Analytics section, select your account from the dropdown and click on “Configure Analytics“.

You’re now connected!

Google Analytics Complete

Connecting PageSpeed Insights

To connect PageSpeed Insights, which will show you the performance of your website, you’ll need to click onto “Connect Service” beneath PageSpeed Insights.

Click onto the blue hyperlink to generate the API Key.

Then click “Get API Key“.

Click the copy icon and click “Proceed” and you’re all set!

How to get your API Key

Connecting Adsense

To connect Adsense, which will show you the performance of your website, you’ll need to click onto “Connect Service” beneath Adsense.

Click “Proceed

Select your account. Click onto “Advanced” and then onto “Go to [your domain]” link.

Allow” permission to any pop-ups.

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LouiseElizabeth
Written by LouiseElizabeth

Louise created the Every Bit Helps YouTube channel back in 2017, after finding the process of buying Bitcoin difficult. Therefore, in an aim to help others, she hopes that her tutorials will make the process of buying, selling and storing crypto a lot easier for newbies in the future.

After spending 20 years working in London in cyber security, she left the corporate life after having her second child in 2018. Louise now travels the world with her two small children trying to make the most out of life.

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