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Adding GoatCounter to Hugo

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📔 Intro
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I just posted about how I migrated from WordPress to Hugo here:

How I Migrated From WordPress to Hugo
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and there I noted about wanting to remove Google Analytics in favor of something less …evil.

After seeing how simple it was to accomplish, I went ahead and did it. Here’s how:

🔧 Adding GoatCounter to Hugo
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Sign Up For GoatCounter or Selfhost
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I have signed up at the time of writing, but if I like it enough I will move this to a self-hosted solution. This will allow me to get around adblockers that are already blocking gc.zgo.at which is used by the GoatCounter hosted service.

If I should be getting around people blocking my analytics is another topic, but this one is pretty reasonable in my opinion.

Add GoatCounter
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Get the javascript given to you by GoatCounter, it will look like this with your analytics code. Optionally just nab this and add your code in.

<script data-goatcounter="https://<YOUR-CODE-HERE>.goatcounter.com/count"
        async src="//gc.zgo.at/count.js"></script>

Place this in layouts/partials/analytics.html. You can overwrite your old one or .old it as I did.

Comment out googleAnalytics = in config.toml.

Commit & Build
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Save all changes, commit your site, and let it rebuild, and you should now have data in GoatCounter, assuming you’re not adblocking it.

🏁 Fin
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So far this seems like exactly what I wanted. Views on my pages, basic stats and referrer. Cool.

~~Muffn