What is the best way to learn the in's & out's of Google Analytics?
I know the basics of Google Analytics but there are so many functions that I can't even begin to understand (i.e. goal setting). Do you know of any good tutorials or even just have good advice on getting to know Google Analytics better?
Follow Google's Analytics academy & G+ posts.
It will be the best resource.
Like they all say the rules change. One common thing does not. Build a site with Content that is useful and make sure you update it often with new content. As your site grows in popularity it will grow in Google.
This answer is going to suck.. but it's TRIAL AND ERROR :)
By going through the different options, reading blogs and useful How-To sites, it will take time, but wow, GA is powerful!
Here are 2 good resources:
Lynda.com is good for getting an overview and some specific ideas of how to approach things., and has a lot of great material on other subjects as well.
Hi Kimberly..here is a step by step process...click the link !
I used a combination of the free Google Analytics courses mention by the community, Mr. Corey Koberg's excellent Google Analytics Essential Training course on lynda.com, and calling Google's Analytics support team as mentioned by the community. I was amazed by this service since it's above and beyond most any support service I've experienced. It was actually a video call on a hangout and the Google employee walked me through features while I shared my screen. Very helpful.
Don't worry when you see first time all those elements its seems hard use it but google set all things very easy you may learn more at http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/ and best to learn from integrating actual sites with Google analytic and see result and explore it with given above links there are many videos also uploaded by Google
Google have their own course on Analytics which, I think, you can find on the Analytics website