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(Entry was posted by Mike Stetzer on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Saturday, November 2, 2013).

Does anyone have experience with the Google Analytics Wordpress Plugin by Yoast?

Does anyone have experience with the Google Analytics Wordpress Plugin by Yoast?

We`re in the process of migrating our CMS and there is talk of potentially using this plugin. Does it increase page load times? We`re using the asynchronous snippet right now without any sort of plugin and the metrics I get from GA are just fine.

More or less, I`m wondering if there`s an added benefit from using the plugin as opposed to just managing everything through the GA.

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  • Mike Stetzer: Does anyone have experience with the Google Analytics Wordpress Plugin by Yoast?

    We're in the process of migrating our CMS and there is talk of potentially using this plugin. Does it increase page load times? We're using the asynchronous snippet right now without any sort of plugin and the metrics I get from GA are just fine.

    More or less, I'm wondering if there's an added benefit from using the plugin as opposed to just managing everything through the GA.
  • Luke Ciciliano: My biggest problem with Yoast was the fact that the xml sitemap function proved to be somewhat buggy . In terms of site speed, I also found that Yoast had quite a few features that proved redundant as I already had certain functionality in my sites. A plugin that has features you aren't using could constitute bloat and theoretically slow things down. I found the "All In One SEO" plugin to be a lighter alternative that was perfect for our purposes. Just my personal preference based on our needs. I know many people who use Yoast and are quite happy with it. ;
  • Andy Wigglesworth: Never used it to be fair  ;- I usually have analytics open all day anyway for the sites I have to look after.

    I would be surprised if it added any extra code to the client facing pages - obviously it adds extra code to the admin area...
  • Mike Stetzer: Yeah  ;. Essentially I'm just wondering if it can really provide me anything that GA can't provide me. My gut says no. I think it's probably more for people who are less familiar with the GA UI.
  • Unique Websites: When I create sites for customers, I find that Yoast prompts them with problems regarding to title/h1/description etc - useful for non-SEO people.
  • Simon Fryer: It's a matter of choice, but I think Yoasts plugin is awesome. It's not a question of what it does when you install it (nothing), but what it allows you to do from a management perspective.

    Yoast is excellent for managing indexation and automatic page titles, meta descriptions and more. It's pretty much a 1 stop shop for Wordpress SEO which I would recommend highly.
  • Caleb Keiter: The Yoast GA plug-in does not do anything that you cannot do on your own in Analytics. I personally prefer just working from Analytics. However, if someone is not familiar with creating Event Tracking codes or working with other technical aspects of GA then the plug-in is worthwhile.

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