Getting the most out of your Plausible experience

To use Plausible Analytics, you need to register an account and add our tracking snippet to your site.

To explore the product, we offer you a free 30-day trial. There are no restrictions on your usage during the free trial and no credit card is required to sign up.

Here are the steps you can take to get the most out of your Plausible experience:

Serve the script as a first party connection from your domain name#

We offer a quick and easy way to serve the Plausible Analytics script from your domain name as a first-party connection. If your site is on yourdomain.com you can use plausible.yourdomain.com. The name of the subdomain can be anything that you want.

See full details on serving the script as a first party connection from your domain name.

Enable email/Slack reports and notifications for traffic spikes#

You can decide to enable weekly (every Monday) and/or monthly (every 1st day of the month) reports to be sent directly via email. See instructions here.

You can also enable traffic spike notifications to be sent directly via email. This will help notify you when your site has an unusually high number of current visitors. See instructions here.

And you can get the same reports and traffic spike notifications in Slack too. See instructions here.

Integrate with Search Console to get keyword phrases people find your site with#

You can enable the Google Search Console integration to get all the search keywords people find your site with in Google's search results directly in your Plausible dashboard. See instructions here.

Set up some easy goals including 404 error pages and outbound link clicks#

Plausible allows you to track custom event goals like button clicks, form completions and anything else you can think of. See the instructions here.

You can also enable some easy-to-use goals. Here are instructions on how to track 404 error pages and how to track outbound link clicks in your Plausible dashboard.

Start using UTM tags in your marketing campaigns#

To minimize the amount of traffic that falls within the "direct / none" referral source, you can add special query parameters to your links in social media, email newsletters and your advertising campaigns.

ref, source, utm_source, utm_medium and utm_campaign query parameters are all valid and supported by Plausible Analytics. Learn more here.

Read also our guide on how to use UTM parameters to track your campaigns and understand the dark traffic.

Share your stats with a private link or open them up to the public#

You can share your Plausible stats with (potential) partners or advertisers. Or if you're working for an agency or working as a freelancer, you can share the site stats with your clients by generating a shared private link. The shared link is secure and impossible to guess by default. You can even password protect it. Learn more here.

You can also choose to be transparent and make your site stats public so anyone with your stats dashboard link can view them. Learn here how.

Opt out from counting your own visits#

When you're working on your site, you might not want to record your own visits and page views. Here's how to opt out and exclude yourself from your analytics.

Now you're ready to start exploring your fast loading, ethical and actionable Plausible Analytics dashboard.