How To Easily Set Up File Downloads Tracking On Your WordPress Website

How To Easily Set Up File Downloads Tracking On Your WordPress Website

Do you offer e-book or any downloadable resources from your website to visitors? If so you can track your file downloads right inside from your WordPress dashboard.

Google Analytics does not offer WordPress track file downloads system automatically.

MonsterInsights lets you accurately track your file downloads with Google Analytics.

In this article, we’ll show you step by step with images on how to track file downloads in Google Analytics.

In MonsterInsights, you can easily enable file downloads tracking in Google Analytics without knowing a single line of code.

1. Usage of WordPress track file downloads?

On your website you upload any types of downloadable files. If a user downloads any file. But you don’t have any clue about any download activity on your website. But MonsterInsights allows you to track your WordPress file downloads data inside of your WordPress website.

2. Set-up Track File Downloads on Your Website

For file downloads tracking first, you need to set up Google Analytics in WordPress using MonsterInsights.

After the setup, file downloads tracking will be enabled automatically and they will be tracked as events. But the good part is that you don’t have to do any further configuration, as MonsterInsights will take care of it.

After completion of Setting up Google Analytics in WordPress using MonsterInsights. The file downloads tracking feature is enabled automatically, There is no need for any further configuration.

3. File Extensions to Track as Downloads

By default, MonsterInsights lets you track downloads of the following file extensions: doc, pdf, ppt, zip, Xls, Docx, pptx, and xlsx. If you want to add more file Extensions for tracking of file downloads.

Go to “Insights” – “Settings” – “Engagement” then scroll down to “File Downloads” tab. Now you will see all default File Extensions there. If you have a specific file Extensions enter the file formate here with comma supported.

WordPress track file downloads

4. View result of Track File Downloads in WordPress

Here all your WordPress track file downloads set-up is complete. Now view downloads report by taking some steps.

Step 1: Navigate to Insights » Report » Publishers Report.

Step 2: Scroll down to see your downloads. All of your data looking something like this.

WordPress track file downloads

5. View result on Google Analytics

Also you can view your file downloads in Google Analytics. Login to your Google Analytics account and select the website you’d like to track downloads.

If you select to track downloads as page views, you can view downloads report together by clicking Behavior > Site Content > All Pages. Here, you can see your file downloads report with your other blog posts, articles, and pages.

If you follow Step 3 above, enable download tracking as events, you can view your downloads report in event reports. From the navigation bar on the left, click to Behaviour > Events.

Read this article to know more about to create event in google analytics.

Click Top Events > Download to see the detailed report of your downloads.

WordPress track file downloads
WordPress track file downloads

Final thoughts

Now all set and I think you are clear all about how to set-up WordPress track file downloads with MonsterInsights. This WordPress plugin not only setting up the link Google Analytics inside of your WordPress dashboard. And also it have do even more functionality straight from your WordPress site admin dashboard.

Really I say thanks to the MonstersInsights which made Tracking File Downloads easy, simple, and fast. That too without adding or writing a single line of code.


I am Sunil Ilanthila Website Designer and Graphic Designer Specialised in WordPress Web Designer and also a Blog Writer.