Thesis Tutorial: Add Google Analytics to Thesis Theme 1.8.4 and WordPress 3.3.1

In this Thesis Theme Tutorial I show you how to add Google Analytics to your self-hosted WordPress blog that uses the Thesis Theme 1.8.4.   This thesis video tutorial applies to Thesis Theme versions 1.8.3 and 1.8.2 as well. It may apply to earlier versions than that, but I truly don’t have the time to test them out right now.   By watching this Thesis Video Tutorial, you will see that there are only two places you can possibly place the Google Analytics tracking code and I show you both possible places.

The Google Analytics Tracking Code

However, the correct place to place the Google Analytics tracking code for Thesis Theme 1.8.4 is in the spot for “additional scripts” in the Thesis Theme “Site Options” panel which is surrounded by the red line in the graphic image below.  In the thesis video tutorial included in this post, you will see clearly that Google says to place the tracking code just before the closing “</head>” tag.   By adding the Google Analytics tracking code to the bottom of the section of the box in “additional scripts”, the tracking code will be placed just before the closing “</head>” HTML tag.  As a point of interest, in the top portion of every web page there should almost always be an opening
“<head>” HTML tag and a closing HTML “</head>” tag.

Whenever I placed the Google Tracking code into the section called “Stat and Tracking Scripts”, then Google would not verify that I had installed the tracking code on the correct website, so I strongly recommend that you do NOT waste your time trying it.  If you do and it works for you, let us know.

For more detailed information about the use and history of Google Analytics click here.

Thesis Site Options Panel

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17 comments… add one
  • Kevin Apr 2, 2012, 10:43 pm

    I love this, it was really good. I will use this for sure.

  • Alfred Apr 3, 2012, 1:01 am

    This looks so very interesting. I will give this a try.

  • Theuns Apr 3, 2012, 2:27 am

    Hi Jim

    Thanks for the info i know it will help a lot for people with thesis theme i do not use the thesis them, but from the past i know you are good with it.


  • Ileane Apr 5, 2012, 5:32 am

    Hi Jim, this is a great resource for Thesis Theme users. I’m using the Google Analytics Plugin by Yoast and I add the GA code in that way, but this method saves from using the plugin. Thanks!

  • Syeda Mehwish Apr 15, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Hi Jim,
    I often find useful information on your blog.The thesis theme is great and thanks for giving tutorial for free.

  • Thea Oct 22, 2012, 11:00 pm

    Thanks so much!! This is the third time your tutorial helped me figure out something that I was stuck on for a bit of time. You and your site rock!!! 🙂

    • jupiterjim Oct 24, 2012, 2:38 am


      thanks so much for your kind Words. They help keep me motivated!

      Have you subscribed to my blog to get all my free videos directly into your email inbox?

      Have a great day!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

    • jupiterjim Nov 20, 2012, 11:50 pm


      so glad I could help. I checked out your nice site and see that you are using Thesis too! Rock on with your bad self! And please keep in touch!

  • Raena Lynn Jan 25, 2013, 8:06 pm

    Hi Jim,

    As you know, I switched to Thesis. I had Google Analytics installed on my old theme, and I completely forgot about making sure I had it installed correctly on Thesis. I watched the video and went through the steps. You made it very easy. I’ll be back. I like your videos. They are very helpful and I’m sure I will watch every one!

    Raena Lynn

    • jupiterjim Jan 26, 2013, 8:08 am


      I love it when people tell me specifically how these videos helped them run a better blog! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jewel Apr 10, 2013, 11:24 am

    Don’t know why it’s not working for me. I am using thesis 1.8.5

    • jupiterjim Apr 13, 2013, 8:47 am

      Send me an email and we can set up a time for me to help you.

  • Dave Wedge Apr 16, 2013, 2:22 am

    Hi Jim,

    I found your site today whilst looking for a solution to this (I just subscribed!).

    I have a site using Thesis 1.8.5 and have been trying everything to get Google to recognise that I have installed the tracking script.

    Neither Additional Scripts or or Stats Software Scripts have worked. Incidentally I had also found the Head tag requirement so was expecting the Additional Scripts section to work.

    I am rather out of ideas now. It is very frustrating as it is my preferred theme, I looked at Thesis 2.0 but found it very confusing to use.

    • jupiterjim Apr 16, 2013, 4:23 pm


      If I recall correctly, you should put the tracking script in the “additional scripts” section NOT the Stats Tracking section of Thesis 1.8.5 It’s the exact opposite of what you’d expect. Or simply install the Google Analyticator Plugin and it will connect to your Google Analytics account by itself, or use the Yoast Google Anaylitics plugin.

      I hope this helps.

  • Dave Wedge Apr 17, 2013, 2:05 am

    Thanks Jim,

    I have no idea why this worked but yesterday evening I did crack this.

    We were both coirrect about needing to use the ‘additional scripts’ section. I could not understand why it was not working. In desparation I regenerated the tracking script from Google and pasted it in Thesis again – it worked!

    Regards, Dave

    • jupiterjim Apr 17, 2013, 10:39 pm

      Glad it worked and thanks for the update, Dave!

  • hiren May 3, 2013, 8:24 am

    thank you so much your article is very helpful for me.
    actually i am new blogger and i don’t know that in which place add my google analytics code in my thesis theme seeing your article i put my code .hank you sir

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