How to Fix Google Analytics Dashboard for WP Error 400

The Google Analytics Dashboard in WordPress is quite a handy tool when you want to see your stats. Instead of switching to the Analytics website, you can get basic info in your WordPress dashboard. But what happens when you get the “This report is unavailable (400)” error? Not too fear, it’s actually much easier to fix than what you may think.




Fixing Google Analytics Dashboard

It took me a while to find the fix, but here it is. I pulled this directly from WordPress.org and it worked for me. To fix the “This report is unavailable (400)” error:

  1. Go to the “Google Analytics” feature listed in your WordPress dashboard. It should be near the bottom on the left-hand side. Mine is the last thing in the list.
  2. You may see an error message on the top of the “Google Analytics Settings.” Under “Plugin Authorization,” you’ll see a button labeled, “Clear Authorization.” Click this button. This will de-authorize the plugin to work with your Analytics account.
  3. Once the authorization has been cleared, you’ll see the button change to, “Authorize Plugin.” Click this.
    Google Analytics Dashboard Authorize
  4. Now, you will need to get an access code. Click the red link above the text field labeled “Get Access Code.” This will open a new browser window.
  5. This new window asks for permission for the plugin to connect to your Google account. Click the, “Allow” button on the bottom right.
  6. This will take you to a new area with a long string of characters that you can copy. This is the authorization code. Copy this text and paste it into your plugin in WordPress.
  7. Click the “Save Access Code” button in the settings page.
  8. You’ll also see a drop down window with all of your sites linked to your Google account once you save the access code you copy and pasted. Select the one that corresponds with the website and click the “Lock Selection” button. This will keep the website linked to WordPress.
  9. Click the “Save Changes” button on the bottom left.
  10. Go back to your WordPress dashboard to test the connection. If you don’t see the Analytics window, make sure it is turned on by clicking the “Screen Options” tab on the top right and ensuring that the check box for Google Analytics Dashboard is selected.

I realize that this fix may not work for everyone, but it’s what I did to get the Google Analytics Dashboard for WP plugin to work again on one of my blogs. I still haven’t figured out why the plugin broke on that site and not this one, but it may have something to do with the number of APIs I’ve been adding to that particular blog.

If anyone has a more stable or permanent solution to this problem, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment below. I’d be more than happy to credit your findings.

Why Should You Keep this Plugin

The Google Analytics Dashboard plugin is quite a useful tool if you need a quick glance at the traffic of your website. By using the drop down menus, you can dive right into the different parts of how people interact with your content.

This is also aside from the fact that I am having a difficult time finding a better plugin. Again, if you know of one, share the knowledge.

How often does the plugin break like this?

I’ve been using this plugin on several websites and blogs for over a year and the “This report is unavailable (400)” error has only happened once. I still am not 100% sure as to what causes the problem.

If you have other issues regarding this plugin, make sure you check the FAQ and the homepage of the developer. There is a few bits of useful information within those areas that may be of benefit to you.

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Michael

Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 5,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel.

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