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Website Analytics: Measuring Online Traffic & How to Use That Information
Statcounter is a tool that lets you see who visits your website, where they came from, what keywords they might have entered into Google, and what pages they visited. With Statcounter, you can get a detailed look at how people are moving through your website in real-time.
Want to play around and take it for a spin? They have a free demo account here you can experiment with. On the sidebar go to Recent Activity > Visitor Paths and you can see what each user does.
How To Set It Up Statcounter
Statcounter is free and simple to set up and will guide you through the process after you sign up with a detailed installation guide but you can check their tutorial here.
Make sure you also remember to sync it with Google so you can import your keyword data and see what searches people are visiting your site from.
Google Analytics & Tag Manager
Like Statcounter, Google Analytics is free and helps you track people coming to your site. With Google Analytics, you can see which web pages are most popular, what web page made users decide to perform specific actions like signing up for your service, and where on the web people are coming from when visiting your site whether it’s social media or a blog post.
Google Tag Manager, meanwhile, centralizes all your tracking codes. So, if you need to install other tracking codes like Google Analytics, or Facebook pixel, you can use Google Tag Manager. Tag manager has some other cool features, like being able to set schema markups for individual pages, but we would encourage our more advanced users to look into that separately.
How To Set It Up Analytics
Hootsuite has a great, highly detailed step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to set up Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics on your site here as well as connect these tools.
But to get started, you’ll want to download and install the plugin Site Kit by Google – Analytics, Search Console, AdSense, Speed. You can learn more about installing plugins in our website overview here.
Using Google Analytics
Most people find Google Analytics a little intimidating because it has so many features and the way it’s arranged can be a little convoluted. But in reality, there are only a few pages you’ll want to check regularly. We’ll walk you through each.
Want to play around with Google Analytics without messing up your account? You can access Google’s live demo account here.
On the side bar, you’ll see several different sections:
Just like it sounds, this is traffic coming from any ads you may be running. It isn’t always the best at showing you what keywords users came in through. But if you look under Keywords and Search Queries in this section, you’ll be able to find more detailed information.
Under Queries, for example, you can see what searches people came in through and how many people saw your page listed on Google, clicked onto your page from that search, and the average CTR and your position for that keyword.
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Google Search Console
Google Search Console lets you see what words and phrases people are searching for when they discover your website as well as how many people clicked the search result for your website vs. skipping over it.
If you go to Performance on the sidebar, you’ll be able to see how many people saw your site listed on Google’s search results (impressions), how many people clicked through to your site (clicks), the keyword they were looking for, and even how high you rank for that keyword on Google if you export a report.
How To Set It Up
You can find a detailed tutorial on how to set up Google Search Console here. Once you’re finished, you’ll have access to the dashboard and its tools as well as Search Console Insights, which gives you an overview of how your account is performing.
You’re now well prepared to start measuring the results of your marketing efforts. We hope that you’ve found this guide helpful, and that you’re feeling a little more confident about setting up your website data tracking system. Ready to start driving traffic toward your business?
Head back over to our Marketing Playbook for more information on how to get your business noticed online, and in your community.
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