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  1. Michael Fitzpatrick (@alpha1beta)

    I bet you can use Google Analytics on a wordpress blog the same way you can for newsletters. Smart Insights has a great write up on how to do that http://www.smartinsights.com/email-marketing/email-marketing-analytics/email-campaign-tracking-with-google-analytics/

    Its not AS detailed, but it still provides good information.

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  2. @Gene_us

    This is really disheartening! $299 to add a “free” service? I mean, I get that there’s more to it than just adding Google Analytics but what about users on the premium tier? In all honesty, GA tracking should be available to ALL WP.com users. Why would you prevent/charge users for something that is essentially free?

    Can’t say I sympathise with WP.com users though. Moves like this prove once again that to have full control of your online assets, a self hosted solution is the best solution. Yes, it comes with added effort and administration, fears of getting hacked, etc. but following best practices coupled with quality coded themes, plugins and top notch hosting, all these issues are *easily* circumvented. But if you want to be subjected to the ascendancy of others, who am I to argue? :)

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  3. Ryan Hellyer

    Wow. I had no idea they’d beefed up that separate WordPress.com admin interface so much until checking it just now. That may be a little confusing if some features are only available on one of them.

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  4. Sudhir Khanger

    What Google Analytics plugin does WPTavern suggest for self-hosted WordPress? Something that doesn’t add 10 more options to WP and is simple to use.

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  5. MrsAubreyB

    The reason that this is annoying to me is that I’ve read from WP.com that they want to have more business websites focus on this tier. The business plan includes an ecommerce plan. But there is a difference between a BLOG and a WEBSITE. I will always have a blog, as I’m not selling anything, and it’s still important to me to have GA. It’s like they are trying to hawk the .org version to business dummies. “Stay with .com and pay more money than you would to set up a .org hosted site and use GA for free.” I dunno. I’m kind of ticked. (could you tell?) Gah.

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