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Over my time working with Google Analytics accounts I have come across many reasons to use Event Tracking, so much so that I now wonder why there are still websites out there that do not utilise this fantastic resource. Here, I’m going to explain what it is, the benefits, the code and examples, covering my favourite things to use Event Tracking for.
Do you have external links on your site? Links to PDFs? Advertisements for other websites? Ever wondered how many people click on these? Well, as they don’t lead to a page on your site you might assume that you cannot track them, however – you can! And it’s not too tricky to implement either.
When running an online marketing campaign it is highly likely you will distribute various pieces of marketing material in many places across the web. Let’s say you place display ads of various sizes on a range of websites, place a feature about your product in your monthly newsletter and place an article and advert in the newsletter of an online industry magazine. Whilst it is easy to determine which channel is bringing in more traffic to your landing page (let’s say email drives more traffic than advertising), how do you determine which newsletter is more effective? Yours or the online magazines? Or what banner size is most effective? This is where UTM parameters come in to play!
I was having one of my infrequent spates of (spring) cleaning, going through analytics accounts tidying up stray Views and updating IP exclusions as you do, when it occurred to me that I have amassed quite a library of resources that pretty regularly help my analysis.
Google Analytics can be confusing to the untrained eye, however the majority of it is all very straight forward once you get the hang of the terminology and data available. One of the most common stumbling blocks is understanding what Bounce Rate means, as it’s reported widely throughout Google Analytics. This post will take you through what Bounce Rate is, what is a good bounce rate and how to improve your bounce rate.
As this post goes live, I am talking at BrightonSEO. It’s the end of the day, there have been many fantastic talks so far, the sun is setting over a beautiful horizon, the people of Brighton are moving from work to bar… I’m getting off topic!
This post covers everything I talked about and probably has more detail than the talk itself. I’ve even included links to 11 custom reports or dashboards that you can use yourself. Yes, I really am that kind (sometimes)!
Ever found yourself wondering where to go in Google Analytics? There is so much data available that you can sometimes get a little lost and not know what you should be focusing on; so this blog post is here to help you know the main areas to look at for the valuable information. This is particularly important now that some SEO tool companies are removing their rank tracking services – this post will help you identify data that is more valuable than rank reports!
Advanced segments in Google Analytics are one of the most valuable tools to anyone looking to understand their website performance better. If you’ve not used them before I recommend you check out my how to set up advanced segments guide first. This post includes some of my favourite segments, why they’re useful and a link so that you can use them in your Google Analytics account too. Read more