Google Analytics Basics?

Nydia Davis - January 28, 2010

Your online marketing campaigns are live and now it is time to determine exactly what users are doing on your site. Search engines like Google have robust reporting capabilities. Other search engine interfaces have limited amounts of reporting and analytic capabilities. These limited reporting interfaces will not efficiently report data in the same way that an analytics platform like Google Analytics will.

Some of the many features Google Analytics has to offer for a first time advertiser user are simple but sufficient data. These includes a visitor’s time your site, how many pages they viewed, and most importantly, how many visitors you are receiving overall especially from online paid marketing efforts.

The amount of time a visitor spends on your site can tell you a lot about the content on your website. Most likely there is something eye-popping that they are viewing. It could be a video or an application on your homepage. This can tell you how long it takes your visitors to view or complete a call to action on the landing page.

Average time on site is important and can tell a marketer if visitors are clicking on their ad listing and then if they are instantly leaving or browsing. Furthermore, if you see that your visitors are viewing multiple pages, they are likely researching and getting for information about your product or service.

Overall site traffic is very important. Regardless, if it is organic, referred, or paid efforts; you want to separate these to see which is performing best for your website. Using Google Analytics to compare your paid traffic to your organic traffic can help you make better budget allocation decisions.

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