An AddThis account can have access to analytics reports across multiple domains, and AddThis publishers can organize and share access to analytics and configuration settings using profiles.
What are Profiles?
It’s really just a “bucket” of information with a name and an identifier, or ID – a set of letters and numbers that you include in your code, so we know in which “bucket” analytics data should be collected and which settings should be loaded on the page. Each profile can contain information from multiple domains, and domains will be added automatically as we receive data from them for those profiles.
New AddThis Publishers
If you are a new AddThis publisher and grabbed AddThis code from our home page or using Get AddThis, we automatically created a profile for you, assigned you a profile ID, and placed this profile ID in your code. You’re all set to go.
So, if you have been collecting AddThis analytics data, you have a profile already. Many publishers who have simple implementations across one or more websites will never need to use or think about profiles. However, let’s look a few circumstances where profiles come in handy.
User Access Levels
Users can have “admin” or “view only” access to a profile. “View only” access only gives the user the ability to view the analytics. They can’t change any settings for that profile. Admin access grants the user full control over the profile, just like they created it themselves.
Putting Profiles to Work
Here are some situations where you would find profiles useful:
- You need to share management of your AddThis implementation with other team members
- You need to share access to AddThis analytics reports with clients, but don’t want them to have unnecessary access to their AddThis implementation
- You need to manage multiple domains that require different configuration settings like email templates or blocked domain lists
Setting Up Sharing
To share your analytics data:
- Make sure that you are signed in to AddThis
- Go to Your AddThis Profiles
- Select your profile from the list on this page; most publishers will have only one profile, but some may have set up multiple profiles, or had multiple profiles shared with them
- Assuming that this is your own profile, or one that was shared with you, you should see multiple configuration options that you can set. If all you see is marketing preferences, this profile was shared with you with limited access privileges.
- Under Sharing, you will see “You” and the access privileges “View and make changes”. To give someone else access, select Add User.
- Enter the email address for the person with whom you want to share access. It should be the address they used when they created their own AddThis account. If they do not have an AddThis account, they’re be asked to create one and automatically given access to this profile.
- Be sure to select what kind of access privileges you want this person to have:
– Users with the privileges “View and Make Changes” can alter any settings you see on this page. You might give a team member this kind of access.
– Users with the privileges “View Reports Only” can see your analytics reports, and select whether they want to receive a weekly analytics email, but can make no other changes to this profile. You might limit access in this way to a client for whom you are managing a website.
- Select Add and you’re done. That user will receive an email notifying them of their access to this profile.
- To change access privileges for a user, just follow steps 1-4 above, then select the Nickname of the user whose privileges you wish to change.
Using Multiple Profiles
If you have multiple teams or multiple clients who need access to AddThis analytics reports, creating additional Profiles for each team or client is the best way to keep things organized.
Or, if you are managing multiple websites that require different configuration settings like default email templates or blocked domain lists, multiple profiles will help manage those configurations.
Create a New Profile
Here is how to set up an additional profile:
- Go to your AddThis Profiles
- Select Add a Profile, choose a name, and click Add to add it to your list of profiles
Get New AddThis Code
Now that you have more than one profile, when you get AddThis code or view analytics you’ll see a drop-down that lets you choose between your profiles. Let’s get new AddThis code for you to use with your new Profile.
- Go to the AddThis dashboard, then select the Get The Code link at the top right side of the page. You’ll want to copy this code, which contains your new AddThis profile. This ensures that analytics data collected from any page where you install this code, is associated with this profile.
- Install this new code in your website or blog, and you’re all set to go.
To share your new profile, follow the instructions above. In addition, this new profile has its own set of configuration settings.
- Any domains you block are blocked only for this profile
- Any custom email templates you create, including the default template you set for email sharing, are unique to this profile