Always check your Google Analytics after updating.
I've been prompted to write this blog post after realising that, in fact, what I thought was a total dearth of any visits to my website was actually down to me not checking my GA was running as usual. Because I've been rather busy lately and not put out any new pages for some while I'd presumed my site had just stopped receiving new readers.
However, I found out that I had indeed still been getting visits! (Nice!!) I found this out by checking the analytics that are included if you use the Shareaholic plug-in. These analytics showed that I had been getting visits to my site, some organic and some from my efforts with Twitter, FB & Pinterest.
Hmm, I thought to myself, maybe the Shareaholic plugin is wrong?
So I went over to my website using an incognito window whilst having my Google Analytics reports open on the Real Time: Overview page and there it was (or wasn't!). Even though I was on my pages, there was no response on the real time window on GA as there should be, so, therefore, I deduced analytics was not configured correctly on my site. I'll make a detective yet! lol ;)
I can only presume that the un-configuration was caused by one of the updates I've performed, or plug ins that I've added over the last couple of weeks, so please always make sure to check yours after making any updates or major changes. You should always backup your site before making any changes. I use a plugin called BackWPup to back up my site and then have it uploaded to Dropbox, which is free and who doesn't like free?!
Now I have to go back over how to set GA up again, because it was a few months ago now that I first connected GA and my website, and I've forgotten most of the steps. :/ Oh well, practise makes perfect and by the time I'm on my tenth site it should have well and truly sunken in!
All the best to everyone ~ Kelly
For those of you that need help with setting up Google Authorship or your Google Analytics follow this link to some great training by Welshy: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-set-up-google-authorship-verify-with-webmaster-tools-google-analytics
Here's training showing you how to set up BackWPup to Dropbox, also by Welshy: