Now that you have your Jekyll blog up and running, you’ll probably want to know if anyone is reading it. Here’s how to add Google Analytics to your Jekyll site in a few simple steps.

Get your Google Analytics tracking code

Create your Google Analytics account if you haven’t already got one.

Navigate to Admin > Property > Tracking Info > Tracking Code and make a note of your Google Analytics tracking number and tracking code, you’ll need these later.

Add your tracking code to Jekyll

Thanks to Jekyll’s templating system, you only have to add your tracking code once, and Jekyll will include the code on all of your blog pages.

Create a new file called analytics.html in the _includes folder inside your Jekyll project and paste in your Google Analytics tracking code. It should look something like this:

  (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o),
  ga('create', 'UA-XXXXXXX-X', 'auto');
  ga('send', 'pageview');

Remember to replace UA-XXXXXXX-X with {{ site.google_analytics }}.

Add Google Analytics Tracking ID to Jekyll’s _config.yml file

Under ‘Google service’, add your tracking ID and save.

Google services
google_analytics: UA—XXXXXXXX-X

Replace UA—XXXXXXXX-X with your own tracking ID.

The last step is to open _includes.head.html and add this code before the end of the </head> tag.

{% if site.google_analytics and jekyll.environment == 'production' % "}
{% if site.google_analytics and jekyll.environment == 'production' % "}
{% include analytics.html %}
{% endif %}

This ensures that only page views in the production environment are registered with Google Analytics. Now when you run jekyll serve your Google Analytics code will not load.

GitHub Pages is set to jekyll.environment == 'production' automatically, so you’re ready to start using Google Analytics!

Als Johnstone