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Beginners Guide Google Site Kit Plugin for WordPress

Google Site Kit has recently released an open-source WordPress plugin. This plugin allows website owners to analyze, monitor, and improve their site performance all in one place. This post takes you through a beginner’s guide to Google Site Kit features and how to set it up on your WordPress website.

Beginners Guide Google Site Kit Plugin for WordPress

Google Site Kit Features

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

Dashboard for Google site kit

Google Analytics

This visitor tracking tool 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’ devices.

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 can’t 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 on “Get Developer Beta”

Scroll down and click on the link “Download Right Here.”

Open WordPress and click on “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

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 on the blue link

Select get “OAuth credentials.

Copy the text and paste it 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 to the Dashboard by connecting more services.

Site Kit & Search engine setup

Connecting Google Analytics

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

Connecting Google Analytics

Select your account. Click on “Advanced” and then on the “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 your website’s performance, you’ll need to click on “Connect Service” beneath PageSpeed Insights.

Click on 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 your website’s performance, you’ll need to click on “Connect Service” beneath Adsense.

Click “Proceed

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

Allow” permission to any pop-ups.

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