الاثنين، 19 أغسطس، 2013

Website Analytics For Beginners

By Peter Selby


When you mention website analytics to anybody, often the 1st words said in response are "Google Analytics". Google Analysis is just one analytics tool of many that are accessible to you. Google has the advantage because it is free. Nonetheless to the first time viewer it can be disconcerting to see all of the available info, and most beginners haven't a clue where to start. Actually most business that have analysis installed focus only on the volume of traffic which has visited their web site. But just using analysing for this reason is a mistake and means you're also losing out on some valuable promoting info.

Important things first though! To reap the advantages of website analytics you first have to install it. Depending on which analytics package you choose , installing the required tracking code might be something you can do yourself, or you could need to pass this job over to your web-master to perform for you. The key nevertheless is to get analysis installed as soon as possible after your website has been built, even if you have no plans on looking at the info for a while. By doing this, the data will increase over time, and you'll be able to show a before and after comparison, when you perform specific tasks design to force traffic back to your internet site.

An important tip is usually to ensure your tracking code is applied to all your site's pages. And remember to add them to new pages you create in the future. If you have a dynamic web site that allows you to automatically create new pages using templates, then it is easy enough to apply the tracking code right into the templates, that way new pages will instantly have the code embedded on creation.

So onto the crucial part - what must you be searching for within your analysis dashboard? Most S.E.O specialists agree that websites owners should actually focus on the following probabilistic measurements:

1. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) - This means you need to spot what your principal goals are for your internet site. So as an example you may have a new marketing initiative that has been set up to generate more traffic to your website and to gain you more new customers. Using analytics to test that your traffic and conversion rates are accelerating will tell you if your initiative is working, or if you want to reconsider the way in which you are doing things.
2. Referring Sources - This appears under Traffic Sources/Direct Traffic and gives us an outline of how many pages and how many visitors we've had, and from which websites they are clicking through from. If you're stumping up for organic search engine optimisation, or if you have placed a marketing video on YouTube (for examples), you wish to know if the search engines and/or YouTube are good sources for sending folk to your website. But even if the numbers you are seeing are reasonably low, you must also know if people are just picking up the phone and calling you, after seeing your telephone number listed in the search sites (e.g. Google And Local listing) or from your YouTube video, before deciding if this is money being well spent or not.
3. Bounce Rate - This is defined as the amount of folk who land on your internet site, and then exit straight after reviewing that selling page, without initially clicking through to other pages on your internet site. In the eyes of Google, having a high bounce rate implies that the particular page doesn't have top quality and meaning full content, and that is the reason why folks are clicking away from your site. Although this may not always be the reason why people are clicking away, Google will still penalise your website rankings if they see a high bounce rate. Therefore even though your plan is to have a single lander with a form inserted for contact, you must make a 'Thank You ' page the visitor will get to instantly after sending their details in the shape, so as not to enhance your bounce rate more than you've got to.
4. Conversion Rate - Knowing the volume of traffic your internet site is getting is of no value to you without knowing what your conversion rate is. Converting your traffic to consumers or subscribers is what it is all about. It's better to have 10 visitor visit your website and have 1 subscribe to your service, than to have a million visitors with no customers remotely. By identifying where your visitors are coming from, and which of those convert for you, will permit you to guage your web selling budget and put more money into the places that are driving more converted traffic for you.
5. Social Media Activity - Right now social signals are huge when referring to Google considering how relevant your website is. If you know what subjects and chats are driving the most website. Traffic to your website will help you in planning and social your social media efforts in order to ramp up traffic and perception of your brand.

There are several measurement indicators that are typically available,eg 'returning v new visitor' comparisons, length of stay in your website, number of pages visited, for example. Which will also turn out to be handy. Nevertheless as a beginner you should target the 5 measurements above until you are comfortable with reading the info and understand it.




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