Upgrade to GA4 from Google Universal Analytics for Blogger & WP (GA-4 Setup Assistant)

Upgrade to GA-4 from Google universal analytics for blogger & Wordpress via GA-4 setup assistant

Want to know how to upgrade to GA4 from Google Universal Analytics for both Blogger & WordPress? Then this simple step-by-step guide on how to set up GA-4 in 2022 via Setup Assistant is for you!

If you are still using the old Universal Analytics in 2022 , then it’s high time to switch to the new Google Analytics 4 as Universal Analytics won’t process new data in standard properties from July 2023! Many of you know that I have two websites on both the platforms, Blogger & WordPress, hence thought of sharing the latest GA-4 setup guide with you today. 

Upgrade to GA4 from Google Universal Analytics for Blogger & WordPress (GA-4 Setup Assistant)

Now, there are two types of bloggers- tech & trend savvy (who immediately joins the trends and experiments a lot) and Lazy Tribe (who are either hesitant to try new things first or just super lazy). I belong to the second category 😛! I could easily setup the new Google Analytics 4 property last year in 2021, but no! I took my sweet time and upgraded my sites recently.

If you are new to blogging and don’t know how to set up GA-4 for your Blogger/WordPress site without your developer’s help, then no worries. Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial on how to upgrade to GA-4 and thank me later ❤️. Also, do not forget to check out our best and easy tech hacks for 2022

Enough of my blabbering, let’s do this! Let’s start with the WordPress platform. 

How to upgrade To GA 4 from Universal Analytics for WordPress Via GA-4 Setup Assistant?

In this guide, I am going to show you how you can upgrade to the latest Google Analytics 4 for your WordPress site quickly using GA-4 Setup Assistant. 

Step1: Open your Universal Analytics property

Open your existing Google Universal Analytics account. And go to the ADMIN section of your property, located at LHS of the dashboard.

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Click ADMIN

Step2: Select GA-4 Setup Assistant

Now, click the GA-4 Setup Assistant option. You’ll find it under your website property linked with tracking ID. 

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Click GA-4 Setup Assistant

Step 3: Select the first option – Get started

Select the blue highlighted option – I want to create a new Google Analytics 4 property.

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Click Get Started!

Step 4: Create properties

Next, create properties. 

Kindly note, if your existing account is pretty old or your site doesn’t have gtag.js already installed , then you might not get the option to check this ‘Enable data collection using your existing global site tags’ optional setup box. In this case, just click the “create properties” and go to the next step. This happened with my old Blogger account, so don’t fret!

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Click Create Property

Step 5: Go to your new GA-4 property

Now you’ve successfully connected your properties, so go to the new GA 4 property

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Go to GA-4 property

Step 6: Choose DATA STREAM

Once you’re in your new GA 4 Property, click the Data Stream, the fourth option from LHS top.

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Click Data Stream

Step 7: Copy the Global Site Tag script

Click the ‘Add new on-page tag’ and copy the Global Site Tag (gtag.js) code/script.

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Copy the script

Step 8: Paste the code & save everything

Now, go to your WordPress dashboard and find the Header & Footer plugin. In the Header section, paste the new gtag.js code that you’ve copied from the GA-4 account. Save it and tadaa! You’re done!

Kindly note, you can paste the code using theme editor too if you know the process. The codes scare me, hence I prefer using simple plugins for adding third-party scripts. Easy-peasy! 

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Paste the code and save it

Step 9: Check your new Google Analytics 4 property report

Now, you can visit your new Google Analytics account and check if everything is fine. In your latest GA-4 account, you’ll see two columns instead of three. You’ll also notice a message in your account that says- ‘Your website data collection is active’. 

upgrade to GA-4 from Universal Analytics property for WordPress via GA-4 Setup assistant
Check new GA-4 property

You’ll start seeing the stats almost after 24 hours. However, you can visit your website instantly to check if it’s getting reported under new GA-4 report snapshot (real time). 

Now. you know how to upgrade to Google Analytics 4 quickly for WordPress using GA-4 Setup Assistant 😉. For video tutorial, visit here!

How to upgrade Universal Analytics To GA4 for Blogger Via GA-4 Setup Assistant?

In this tutorial, I am going to show you step-by-step how you can upgrade to the latest Google Analytics 4 for your Blogger site easily using GA-4 Setup Assistant and a custom HTML option. 

Basically, you need to follow the same steps (step 1 to step 7) as aforementioned for WordPress. However, I’ll still describe each step here to make it easier for you!

Step 1: Open Universal Analytics property of your blog

In your existing Google Universal Analytics account go to the ADMIN section of your property, located at left-hand side bottom of the dashboard.

Step 2: Click the GA-4 Setup Assistant

Now, select the red color coded GA-4 Setup Assistant. You’ll find this option under your website property linked with tracking ID, usually the middle column. 

Step 3: Select the first option

Choose  ‘I want to create a new Google Analytics 4 property’. 

Step 4: Create properties 

Next, create properties. 

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
You might find this checkbox off!

Kindly note, if your your site doesn’t have gtag.js already installed (old blog), then you might be unable to check this ‘Enable data collection using your existing global site tags’ optional setup box. In this case, just click the “create properties” and go to the next step. And if this option is enabled, then great for you! 

Step 5: Connect your properties

Now you’ve successfully connected your properties, so visit your new GA-4 property. 

Step 6: Select Data Stream option

Once you’re in your new GA-4 Property, click the Data Stream, the fourth option above Data Setting. 

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
Click ‘Data Stream’

Step 7: Go to ‘Add New On-Page Tag’

Click the new on-page tag and copy your new Global Site tag (gtag.js) code/script.

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
Copy your new gtag.js code

Step 8: Go to your Blogger account

Now go to your Blogger dashboard and click the Layout option.

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
Select Layout

Step 9: Select ‘Add a new gadget’

Click ‘Add a gadget’ and select HTML/Java script option.

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
Click Add a gadget

Step 10: Paste the code and done!

Now, paste the gtag.js script in the dedicated box and save it.  YAY, all done! Now. you know how to upgrade to GA-4 property quickly via GA-4 Setup Assistant for Blogger sites😉.

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
Paste the code and save it

To verify everything is working smooth, you can visit your website. And then go to your new Google Analytics 4 property and check the real time report. You’ll see the message – ‘Your website data collection is active‘. The report snapshot should show your recent visit to the site! If not, then wait for a few minutes and refresh the page. 

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger via GA-4 setup assistant
Check your new GA-4 property

The latest GA-4 properties are gathering data everyday. However, I still visit my Universal Analytics accounts to check the daily reports. You can find this option on the top left side under all accounts. After a day or two, you’ll also receive an email from Google that you need to associate your search console account with your new GA-4 property

upgrade to GA-4 from universal analytics property for Blogger & WordPress via GA-4 setup assistant
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23 comments

  1. I’m the 2nd type sometimes and the 1st type sometimes. I think when it comes to analytics, I’m definitely the 2nd type:)

  2. This is light a foreign language to me haha but you’ve broken it down step-by-step which is super helpful! Thank you!

  3. This is all great to know. I’ll have to look in to this myself. Sounds like something I really need to read on and check out.

  4. As a newer blogger this is golden! It can be so confusing and hard to try and start a blog from scratch.

  5. Great instructions! I had noticed this in my analytics dashboard but didn’t start the process. I think the hardest thing is finding the wordpress header plugin. Thanks for your help.

  6. That’s a very helpful and informative post. I had no clue about this. I will have to check this out

  7. I som appreciate you sharing and I for sure am checking mine and then using this to upgrade! Very cool and I appreciate you informing me if this 😉

  8. This is such a helpful and informative guide. When it comes to setting up different features with my blog, I get a little lost sometimes. I really love how you break everything down!

  9. That’s amazing! This is one of the most interesting topics! Thank you for sharing this information with me.

  10. These are definitely very precious information and it’s seems so easy with you step by step tutorial.

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