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I see this question plastered all over forums and LinkedIn Groups, as well as hearing it from my clients. The standard response I see to this question online is always simply “it depends on the industry you’re in” – but there’s much more to it than that.
Forget Google Analytics for a moment. Step back and think as Marketing Managers what it is that you want your website to tell you (as well as do brilliantly making you/the boss stacks of cash in the process).
Google Webmaster Tools is an essential resource for webmasters with a wealth of useful information for optimising websites and identifying issues. What’s more, the tool kit was recently revamped with a new navigation structure, additional features and enhanced reports.
Over the life of a website you will be (if you manage it that is) presented with Server Response Codes or ‘HTTP Status Codes’ in regard to a lot of different elements of your site’s functionality and maintenance needs. Quite often these are the largely well-known codes such as 404 errors and 301′s, but there are a whole world of other response codes that you may be presented with when you work on a site.
I’m sure everyone has their favourite resources for the areas they work in, but sometimes it’s hard to find new ones that you know you can trust. The lists below are the websites or people I read and use most often. I’ve also included a link to a post on each site so that you can quickly see what they are like and decide whether to bookmark them straight away. Read more
In January 2012, Haribo released a TV advert showing the results of an interesting (if slightly halfhearted and biased) social experiment. Children were asked to sit at a table, faced with a single Haribo sweet. If they managed to resist eating the sweet for a short period of time, they would get two Haribo sweets to eat rather than one.
Installing Google Analytics tracking code on your site is not the sign of a mission accomplished, it’s the start of a journey into unravelling the data behind your site. From here you can work out how to improve it to increase the return from your site.
One simple way to make Google Analytics easy to use, in order to get the best data for what you need, is to set up a few custom reports with the data that you want. These can then be set up to show on dashboards when you log-in, so that all your key numbers are easily accessible and actionable.
Having AdWords data in Google Analytics is very valuable, but how do you get it? This post is going to show you how to link your AdWords and Analytics accounts so that you see the data in each. I’ll also answer some common questions, such as: why are my AdWords keywords not showing in Google Analytics? What is (not set) in Analytics? What is automatic campaign tagging? And more! Read more
The addition of Social Reports represents a major update for Google Analytics. At first glance there’s some useful data that can help you work out a better ROI for social media than ever before. UPDATE: Backlink data has now also been added!