Tracking visitor trends can be a very useful functionality for your website. One of the best tools available to webmasters is the free Google Analytics service. We'll go over the few steps you'll need to take to get this set up.

First, navigate to the Google Analytics homepage to get started. If you already have a Google account, just login with it to enable analytics as a service. If you don't have a Google account, you can follow the steps to create one for free.

You'll be asked to set up the account with a name (can be something like the name of your church), and then the domain name. Select "http://" from the dropdown and then enter your domain name in the field beside. After agreeing to the Terms and Conditions everything should be ready to go.

On the next page, you will see that there are many available options. Before anything else, the tracking code needs to be added to your website. Scroll toward the bottom of the page inside the "Tracking Code" tab, and find the section underneath the "Paste this code on your site" header. Copy the code you see and then head over to your website.

Login to your site and go into the Site Manager (bottom link on the Admin Toolbar in the bottom-right after logging-in). Select the "Tools" header and then the "Google Analytics" link. You will see some instructions listed on that page (which you have already done) and a button to insert your tracking code. Click that and paste inside the textarea that appears.

After saving that information, go back to the Google Analytics page, and refresh to check the Tracking Status. Once it displays "Tracking Installed" you are all set. It may take a few days for pertinent data to be collected and appear, but you'll find it useful on many levels.

If you have any questions on setting up this service, just contact our support team for assistance.

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