I don’t see the basis for the accepted answer saying that a Google Analytics cookie does not require user prior consent—even after the modifications that answerer proposed. Opinion 04/2012 on Cookie Consent Exemption of the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, adopted 7 June 2012, addresses the question of “First party analytics” (see page 10 of the pdf):
While they are often considered as a “strictly necessary” tool for website operators, they are not strictly necessary to provide a functionality explicitly requested by the user (or subscriber). In fact, the user can access all the functionalities provided by the website when such cookies are disabled. As a consequence, these cookies do not fall under the exemption defined in CRITERION A or B.
The CRITERIA A and B referenced are the only conditions under which a cookie could be exempted from the requirement of informed consistent, according to the ePrivacy Directive (Article 5.3 of Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by Directive 2009/136/EC).
Whether the Google Analytics cookie is seen as a first-party cookie (with the analysis outsourced) or as a third-party cookie, it would definitely not be treated more leniently than this first-party analysis.
Regarding what constitutes sufficiently explicit consent, see Neil Ford, “The GDPR’s Six Lawful Bases For Processing – With Examples,” IT Governance, 21 June 2021, which cites Recital 32, which says in part:
Consent should be given by a clear affirmative act establishing a freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her, such as by a written statement, including by electronic means, or an oral statement.
An ‘affirmative act’ means the data subject has to opt-in – you cannot assume their consent, for example, by using pre-ticked boxes on your website.
This would call into question your hope that:
My question is, Is it ok if in my cookie notice text said something like this..
This way if they completely ignore the notice (which a lot of people do) and navigate to another page, then at least I am able to track more visits.