We get asked all the time how to add Google Analytics tracking to Joomla sites. Until now we’ve recommended doing it manually because that was the only way to get the code just above the </body> like Google recommends. All the modules would place the code in the middle of your page. There is a new plugin that allows you to get the code inserted just above the </body> without needing to edit the template file.
BIGSHOT Google Analytics is a free Joomla 1.5 native plugin that allows you to insert your Analytics tracking code from the administrator with no file editing required.
It would be nice if the plugin allowed the option to prevent it showing if you are logged in as various levels on the frontend if you didn’t want to track admin or editor visits.