Installing and Setting Up WordPress Click Tracking


Man’s hand clicking

Click Tracking is a simple and useful tool for WordPress users to track clicks with a heatmap (for free). While there are services like Crazy Egg out there that will provide meatier results, some of us might not want to spend a few bucks just to get some quality results. Besides, those of us who are WordPress purists are going to be interested in a WordPress solution before we’re interested in paying for anything, right?

The author says, about the Plugin:

  1. You can quickly see which links are popular and which are not.
  2. You can put ads next to your popular clicking spots.
  3. You can see on which ads do people click the most.
  4. Find out which pages are getting most of the clicks.
  5. Some people actually read with their mouse (I’m one of them), they mark the text to ease their reading. You will see clicks inside of popular text.

Sound interesting? Let’s get on with it then.

Installing Click Tracking

  1. Head over to the Plugin author’s homepage and download the Plugin.
  2. Open up WP-Content/Plugins and drop the unzipped Click Tracking Plugin folder onto your FTP.
  3. Navigate to Plugins from your WordPress Dashboard to activate your new Plugin.

Setting Up Options for Click Tracking

Once you’ve installed Click Tracking, it’s worth a look at its options page to make sure everything is set up the way you want it to be. Here I’ll go over the most important stuff and make sure you don’t miss anything vital.

  1. Navigate to Options > Click Tracking to be sure that the initial settings for Click Tracking are set up the way you want them to be.
  2. Don’t change anything on the first few options. I can’t even think of a reason you would like to track anything other than “100%” of clicks—can you?
    Settings for WordPress Click Tracking Plugin
  3. This is where you want to pay attention. On “Display Mode”, choose Detailed until you find that the results take too long to view. On “How is your blog designed?” you will want to be precise here. If your blog is centered, say so. Left or right, say that too. Fluid simply means that the size of your site conforms to the width of the browser. If you have a fluid site you should know it.
    Settings for WordPress Click Tracking Plugin
  4. Finally, be sure to set the right width for your site, assuming it is not a fluid design. If that number isn’t something on the top of your head (950px for me, what about you?) you may want to try out something called Screen Calipers, which I’ve discussed as a useful tool in the past. Plug in your number and hit “Update Options”.

And you should be set to see some results. If you’re wondering where to go to see the results of the click tracking (as I did) run back to your Dashboard and look for the link for Click Tracking as in the image below.

Page for Click Tracking

Now comes the patient part of the game. Don’t you hate that part of statistics? I’m right there with you, as I’m waiting to see some initial results with my installation here at the Playground. But I’m excited to see how it turns out, as well as how it stacks up against Crazy Egg.

Waiting on Click Tracking to gather data

Any questions? If they have to do with this tutorial, hit me up in the comments. Otherwise, head over to the Plugin author’s homepage.

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