Never worry about your site going down again

A few months ago my website was hacked. I didn’t realize this for a few weeks because I don’t check it very often. It occurred to me the other day that I could use Google Analytics Intelligence Alerts to keep an eye on my website. The alert system will notify me when something goes wrong.

This technique is also good to notify you in case you forget to renew your domain name (which I’ve also done.)

Here is how to set it up.

Open up your analytics dashboard for the site you want to monitor. Click on Intelligence Alerts as shown in the screen shot below.

Google Intelligence Alerts

Then, setup your alert as follows.

  1. Choose the property or properties that you want to moni1. tor.
  2. Set the period to1. Day
  3. Set the alert to go to email or even better, your mobile.

Then, set the Alert Conditions as follows.

  • This applies to “All traffic”
  • Alert me when visits “is less than” “1”

When you are done, it should look like this screenshot.

Google Analytics - Intelligence Alert

Click Save alert and you’re ready to go.

Do you have any cool Google Analytics tricks? Let me know in the comments.

Published by Joe

Joe’s first professional job involved playing video games for 9 hours a day. After experiencing early signs of brain rot, he decided to teach himself how to write software. His entire career is characterized by this “why not?” attitude. Joe is formerly the founder of Sharey, a lead-generation tool that adds a personalized call to action to curated social media content. Prior to founding Sharey, Joe worked with a range of companies—from pre-investment startups to large corporations—to bring high-tech consumer products to life.