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Any user of Google Analytics will understand the value of knowing what keywords bring in your organic traffic. However, we can no longer ignore the dramatic and unwavering increase in the number of “(not provided)” keywords, making it more difficult than ever to effectively analyse our organic traffic.
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The opportunity for fashion retailers to appeal to consumers through ecommerce is something most can not afford to pass up, with 32% of online fashion consumers making a purchase at least once a month (Drapers). With this in mind, it is extremely important to stand out in this saturated market place and optimising your ecommerce platform for search engines is one way to do this.
Back in April 2012 I wrote a piece outlining the new Social Reports in Google Analytics. Since then the Google Analytics team have released so many updates and improvements across the platform that it’s time to have a complete refresher on this area of the reports to help you understand and get the most out of the awesome data that is available.
When (not provided) keywords started growing in Google Analytics, things started to look grim. But SEOs found a way through the problem and persevered. And then, just as one dark cloud passes, another follows in its wake. Dark search and dark social have been topics of discussion since late last year, but now we are seeing increasing effects. Are we facing a data depression? Only one thing’s for sure – Star Wars references. Lots of Star Wars references. Welcome to the Dark Side…
For as long as the industry has existed, SEOs have been hung up on search engine rankings, with keyword tracking and position monitoring being regular website health checks. Most SEOs use automated software to check the rankings of websites for key search terms and use fluctuations in positions as a key indicator of performance.
However, is this really the best indication of performance in organic search? What does it really mean if you’re ranking first for “fast food restaurant” and second for “really tasty burgers” if your audience is just searching for “McDonalds”?
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.
Simply put, just adding a small amount of extra code in the back end of your site will allow you to gather data to see which traffic sources have been most profitable. This then enables you to work out your marketing ROI very easily. Who would say no to that kind of data?!
While using any analytics software for your website it is very important to make sure you are tracking how people convert on your site, otherwise you can never get the full picture and understand how successful your site is.
In addition to E-commerce tracking for online shops, Google Analytics offers goal tracking to enable you to track several things that could be seen as conversions. Including visits to a URL, Time on Site, Pages per Visit and now Events. This post will take you through the basics of setting these up and explain how they can be useful to you.
As explained in my post about setting up Google Analytics, it is best to create a new Google Analytics account for each Top Level Domain. There are a number of reasons for doing this, including the fact that this allows you to analyse a website for another country separately in it’s own right.
As marketers, we often focus on supplying prospects with in-depth information about our products and services to allow them to make an informed decision. Of course this usually contains a slight sales spin highlighting the benefits of our offerings so that an informed decision leads them to the right choice of picking our product. But is this the right approach?