How to solve the mystery of ‘This site is not linked to any web property in your Google Analytics account” just by clicking a button…

Just about the last thing we have do when we launch a new website here at SpaceRace Digital is to set up Google Analytics and Google Search Console, formerly known as Webmaster tools.

These are both pretty simple tasks which i won’t bore you with, but there’s one further step you have to take, and that’s to synch your Google Analytics account with your Search Console/ webmaster tools account. If you don’t do that, you’ll only see some of the analytics for your website, and other important stuff such as search data will have annoying messages telling you you need to set up access to your webmaster tools account.

You will try verifying several times, double checking your web property, verifying owners and unverifying owners, etc etc, and at the end of this journey, you’ll probably end up at the dead end message ‘This site is not linked to any web property in your Google Analytics account’. Then just when you’re about to do something ridiculous like operate out of both accounts simultaneously, this button appears out of the mist:
As long as you are: a) logged in to webmaster tools/google search console account, b) have verified the site or property in webmaster tools/search console, and c) are an owner of the web property in Google Analytics, all you have to do is click the magic button above, and you will be taken to a secret place deep in the caverns of Palo Alto where they will forge a link between your two accounts.

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