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  1. Tracie, When you say copy and paste ALL of this, do you mean everything in pink in your screen shot above? Or just the tracking code? Thanks!

  2. Really helpful post Tracie, thanks!

    I have a question for you about backups…

    I’m with Siteground, who say they take care of daily backups. So, do I still need a backup plugin?

    1. You will want to make sure they are doing full database backups of everything and that you have easy access to it if you need to use it. If so then you do not need a secondary backup.

  3. Hey, Tracie, thanks for this great article. I have Jetpack installed but I don’t use all of the features. I use insert headers and footers and looked at the code that is there. The Tracking ID is buried in there but there is also a lot more code as well as the words “Google Analytics”. I think I set this up years ago and cannot remember exactly where this information came from. Can I assume this is set up correctly? I also use VaultPress but it looks like Jet Pack is also backing things up. I’m wondering if the backup that Jet Pack is making is the same backup that VaultPress is doing? Sorry for rambling but I thought I would run this past you to get your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

    1. What you have sounds correct! Just make sure you have the UA-xxxx in there as that is the code Google looks for. VaultPress is parrt of JetPack so that may be what you see. I’d drop that and go wtih UpDraft Plus (They have a sale right now) as that way you can drop all of JetPack with confidence.

  4. Hi Tracie so I deleted my jetpack but do I need to delete Exact Matrics a well cause now I have an error multiple tracking codes. Thanks.

    1. You only have permission to send them updates, not emails. So you’ll need to do a post to ask people who are following you to sign up for your emails – so they get that alert.

      Due to GDPR and CAN-SPAM laws, they ahve to give consent for these types of emails so you have to ask them directly.

  5. Thank you, Tracie, for this helpful article. I followed the steps and removed the Jet Pack plugin.
    I went to look at how many modules were within Jet Pack, and there were at least 15 of them.
    My website has been running slow the past month, and I was hoping that by removing Jet Pack,
    this would help. I think I still need to find a new hos,t as Blue Host is not optimal if I want to grow
    and scale with my blog.

    1. That is a lot for sure! It is possible that there was some code left behind in your database and so that would need to be cleaned up. As for how to do that? It’s above my pay grade. ;-). I really can’t tell you that process but that would be something else you will want to look into.

  6. I setup Google Analytics from within Google. When I view the source code of my pages I am seeing the following:

    Does this mean it is setup correctly?

    I also have MonsterInsights .. which I think came with the theme I am using.
    It keeps reminding me to connect it to my Google Analytics.
    Should I go ahead and do that?

    1. That looks good! I would also delete Monster Insights as you do not need that on your site (it is also not a plugin I recommend).

    1. Link to those you want in your content – do not let a plugin do this. The reason is that it is better for SEO to link to your content within the article to get that related content juice you ened.

  7. Hi Tracie,
    I am a beginner blogger and also not tech savvy. I followed all your steps in what to do to replace jetpack. But I can’t figure out how to disable jetpack. I’m on wordpress.org.
    Thanks,
    Ellie

    1. You should just be able to select disable and then at the top of the plugins page, select Delete. That should take care of it for you.

  8. Hi Tracie, thanks for the info. I’m currently working on getting rid of jetpack. I’m wondering about the things like “Comments, notifications, lazy load, tiled galleries, secured sign on” and few other things I didn’t see mentioned. Do we find alternative plugins to replace them or are they not important, hence the reason you did not mention any of them?

    1. Use the native comments on WordPress as that is fine as you can get those notifications. Security is best with something like WordFence. I do not use lazy load and it is really something that only pic heavy sites should consider and then use the Lazy Load plugin. Hope that helps!!

  9. I uninstalled jetpack before I read your blog because it was strangely removing images on front end after I selected optimise images and site accelerator. even after disabling those nothing changed and the jetpack fsvicon started showing up on my site. very useless plugin indeed.

  10. Hi Tracie, this has been very helpful. One additional thing I’m wondering about is, what would you recommend for displaying your follower count? Jetpack would at least show this as a grand total in the sidebar. The plugins I’ve looked at all want to break this out by source – 100 followers on Facebook, 200 from Twitter, 50 email signups, etc – which I think looks kind of tacky. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    1. Those followers are only through WordPress – you don’t want that. You need subscribers to your list (which you own). I would not even worry about your follower counts as it is not a metric that indicates success.

  11. Hello Tracie, Thanks for sharing my thoughts 🙂 I’m also not a big fan of JetPack, I tried using it on my website and it didn’t work with some other plugins not to mention all those bloats it carries with it. I’ve to ditch it finally.

  12. Loved your article. I use GoDaddy managed WordPress. I’m a little nervous about GoDaddy. They seem to abandon all responsibility when something goes wrong and don’t seem to understand I pay them for a reason and receiving good and fair compensation explicitly involves taking responsibility for your service. GoDaddy advertises 30 day restore. Do you think this is sufficient? Can I trust them. I have spent ten years building my blog. I could not imagine losing it. Jetpack? Blogvault? Thank you.

    1. I honestly feel GoDaddy is expensive and is not the best. I would consider moving to BigScoots as they do the same thing….and are much better (without the nickel and diming). I would also never rely only on my host for backups. Get UpDraftPlus. That is one of the best options.

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