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Google Analytics by Yoast

Track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages.


302 reviews
Average Rating
4.1 out of 5 stars
Look for alternatives
By , for WP 4.1

Look for alternatives
Don't work since weeks

Poor upgrade management
By , for WP 4.1

Every went wrong since Yoast decided to create a dashboard to see the data within the WP admin panel.

After that I have experimented performance issues within the WP admin panel, then white screen of death, and today my server went down (PHP crash). I am paying more than 100 US$/month of hosting at websynthesis. Yoast's plugin is the responsible of all my issues.

How can I keep live a plugin that does not let me work on my WP site?

I have been waiting for weeks now for a fix. It seems that the dev team is not able to find one, or not willing to.

Plugin desintalled.

End of the story.

Caused my website to stop
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I dont know why I clicked on that update plugin and since then all went wrong! my website started acting weird, customers couldnt add products to the card, my homepage started showing a white blank page, and i started getting visits from pricmeg.com and analyitics stopped working. i had to unistall its a shame! Help!

Endless loops of having to re-authenticate
By , for WP 4.1

I've been using this plugin for years and it has been working like a charm.

Since the latest updates I've also experienced the "Failed to fetch the new data from Google Analytics. Please reauthenticate on the settings page!" and there seems to be no end of this loop.

Leaving Yoast, heading for something else. There has got to be something better than this, out there. Tips anyone?

Needs fixing ASAP
By , for WP 4.1

Endlessly asking me to reauthenticate.

Constantly asks for re-authentication.
By , for WP 4.1

Every day, it asks. I re-authenticate, then it asks again.

Is this supposed to be a useful plugin? I'll never know.

Plugin does not work at all with WP 4.1
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After installing the plugin and setting the Google Analytics as directed, no dashboard is available... hence no reports or other data will be displayed.
As a side note... some other sites I manage completely failed to start once this plugin was updated requiring manual removal from the plugin folder.
Recommend not install this plugin and if you have a previous version running, do not update.

How many time do I have to " reauthenticate "???
By , for WP 4.1

Everyday it seems that I have to " reauthenticate " so I came here to see if I was the only one that this is happening to and low and behold, I'm not!
They recommend that you manually type it in but if you do that then you lose access to the dashboard.

Sorry, but they get a L for this one!

Arrogant developer
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This plugin used to be fairly simple and easy. You typed in your UA and the plugin helped you disable the tracking code for your own staff (ex: logged in administrators)

Now this plugin has gone far beyond... and not in a good way. In a recent release, it was decided to insert this plugin at the very top of the wp-admin navigation (ABOVE pages and posts). It REMOVED the features we used it in the first place. It is converting to a PAID plugin. The plugin is no longer easy for people to use and it is STUFFED with ads to purchase support and premium memberships. Charging for a plugin is just fine and we pay for many of them... but I'm really irritated by Joost's approach.

I suppose the business model is something like this:
1) Start with a decent plugin
2) Convert existing free features into paid features
3) Convert the formerly simple administration into a fuzzy/vague/confusing mess... then charge people to explain it

Reviewing forums, Joost's snarky comments abound and it is clear that he could care less about alienating people. I don't believe I've ever seen egotism as overwhelming as he has on is website! I mean.... how many freaking caricatures of yourself do you need? Or maybe Joost really is a superhero tea drinking code wizard that shoots lightning bolts from his ray gun! In any case, he must feel pretty confident with his current wave of popularity when he responds to public feedback with things along the lines of "if you don't like it build your own."

Fair enough, Joost. We don't need your plugin and we're no longer including it on our sites. We don't need to waste our time trying to give you helpful feedback so that you can deride us. We don't need our staff having to discuss with your tech support to enable something as simple as google analytics!

I decided to write this review simply to help others avoid wasting their time and money.

Great Plugin
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Yoast is best!!!

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