Interesting Tips about Google Analytics

SEO and Google Analytics reach hand in hand – there is no doubt one of the best tools out there for really understanding how your website is performing in terms of search and inbound links. By Google Analytics you can see how SEO techniques affect your web site in about as close to real time as you can get. In this topic I want to walk you through a some of the interesting tricks and caveats I have discovered when using some of the more advanced Analytics features.
At first discuss about segmenting. If you have experience in SEO long time you know that there are times when you want to segment out visitors or pages from your site to take a closer look at what is driving the content, or where they are coming from. For example, many web sites put their sales process into a separate segmentation so they can analyze how people make purchase decisions more closely. It’s not strange to see another page depths broken into segments to see how far down people will drill into content. The general concept is the farther down people drill in content, the more “hooked” they are on the content and the site.
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When applying these segments to keywords in Google Analytics you will often see keywords that show “0” visits, which is misleading. Google is actually start the counter at 0 for the first visitor. Tonight is because of Google’s effort to make sure the total number of visitors reconcile with other Analytics data. This is only occurs when the same user comes to your site within a 30 minute time frame using different search terms. So, for example, if a user searches for “SEO optimization” and visit your site through search and then goes back to their search engine and types in “Apple pie” and visits your site again, the keywords will show 0 visits even though you have had one visit for “Apple pie”.

It’s confusing, but worth noting so you don’t scar do-it-yourself head wondering why Google is showing 0 visits for a particular keyword.

The next titbit is for those of you who have your Adwords account tied into your Analytics account. In this case you will see keywords that have displayed text ads on Google, but haven’t had any click-through, show up as 0 clicks in the keyword report. Different mind scratcher for some until you realize that Analytics is simply pulling through impression and click-through data from Adwords.

Analytics is a mighty tool, and I’d enjoy to hear from you the tricks, caveats and pitfalls you’ve discovered when using it for SEO and keeping track of search and click campaigns.

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