Google Analytics out of the box seems relatively straightforward. Place a piece of code on all your web pages and watch the data roll in. For the Google Analytics novice, it’s satisfying to watch the sessions add up, along with so many other metrics about your audience to discover.
However, the issue with this out of the box setup is that accounts often contain spam sessions, internal sessions, no or little goal tracking and inaccurate e-commerce tracking. As a result, this can mean inaccurate measurement and can make it harder to identify and debug website issues.
To help you through this we have pulled together a Google Analytics audit checklist which we will continue to keep up to date as Google Analytics roll out any new features. This is the checklist we use to help all of our clients, and we’ve shaped and reformed it over time, hence why we so keen to share it and help other SEOs, digital marketers, and even small business owners who can use GA but want to make the next step up with their setup.