1. Read, write, practice, analyze and optimize. Then, start over.
2. Start a blog and write on topic you’re passionate about.
3. Create a Google Analytics account and install GA on your blog.
4. Consider incorporating other free analytics tools: Crazy Egg (heat map); 4Q (task completion survey); Clicktale. GA is a fantastic starting point, but you may want to cast a wider net to build up a broader portfolio of knowledge and complement insight from GA.
5. Start following the #measure tag on Twitter; some serious analytics superstars show up in this stream, and you’ll learn tons just by from reading/interacting.
6. Read anything and everything Avinash Kaushik has ever written. Word.
7. Check out these blogs from awesome practitioners:
- Christopher O’Donnell
- Jonathan Mendez
- Kevin Hillstrom
- Rudi Shumpert
- Jason Thompson
- Kevin Rogers
- James Dutton
- Adam Greco
- Michele Hinojosa
- Emer Kirrane
8. Sign up to be a student on the Analysis Exchange; work on a project for an organization in need alongside an expert mentor.
9. Finally, if you’re interested in a career that may also require to build out your knowledge of paid platforms, start by reading their blogs. Though context is always helpful, you can learn a lot from pros before ever shelling over $ to implement the tools.
10. Just do it.
This is my attempt to put lipstick on a response to this Quora analytics question.