Google Analytics is a free tool from Google that is used by nearly every SEO professional and webmaster. That should tell you something about just how important and valuable it is and it should also tell you that you really need to get set up with it as well!
Google Analytics provides analytics, as the name suggests. This means that you’ll be able to see how many people visit your site, how many come from one source or another, what those people do on your page, and MUCH more. This can be a great help you to make better choices about how you proceed with your future SEO decisions, and it is essential if you want to try your hand at split testing.
To get started, you’ll first need to set up a Google Analytics account. You can log into the tool by using your regular Google account, and from there you’ll need to add accounts for each site you want to use.
When you do this, you’ll start by entering the name of the account, the name of the website, and the URL. From there, you will get a tracking ID. You’ll want to paste this onto each of your web pages, which will, in turn, allow Google Analytics to get stats from them.
The good news is that if you have a WordPress site, then you can do this very easily by installing one of many several plugins. A good one to use is Google Analytics Dashboard for WP. This will not only make it easy for you to set up your tracking code but will also mean that you can easily view advanced settings through your WP dashboard.
You’ll be asked to add an access code, which you can do as easily as clicking a button, signing into your Google account, and then copying and pasting it.
So now you have Google Analytics, exactly what do you do with it?
The stats you will likely look at the most will often be the Audience Overview. This will show you who has been viewing your site and a graph at the top will show you how many users you get on a daily basis. A pie chart will show you how many of those are returning visitors
Acquisitions tells you where your traffic comes from and how the source will impact their behaviour. For instance, you might find that traffic coming from Google is more likely to have a higher bounce rate, but also more likely to convert.
A real time tab on the left shows you how many people are on your site at any given time. Conversions lets you set up goals such as sales, and then see what percentage of visitors are converting and carrying out their goals
All this data will allow you to see what works and what doesn’t for your website. As a result, you’ll be able to make smarter, data-driven decisions that will ultimately lead to more success. And it’s very encouraging seeing those numbers go up!
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