Website Analytics

Today we’ll wander around in Google Analytics, and see how powerful this tool is for mining data about your site’s activity.

Google Analytics Login

I’ve set up a special Google account where you can view analytical data about the traffic on a few of my sites.

http://www.google.com/analytics/

User: studentmm4413
Pass: artinstitute

Exploring Various Data Displays

Below are the data displays I regularly visit. As you review these live on the Google Analytics site, ask yourself: why would I care what this data shows me about my websites?

The Analytics Home Page
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Expanding One Site to Access Data Link
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Audience > Overview (NHS Designs)
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Audience > Geo > Language
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Audience > Geo > Location
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 Audience > Behavior > New vs Returning
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Audience > Technology > Browser & OS
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Audience > Mobile > Overview
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Audience > User Flow
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Acquisition > Overview
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Acquisition > All Referrals
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Acquisition > Keywords > Organic
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Acquisition > Search Engine Optimization > Queries (KidsBusyBook.com)
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Acquisition > Search Engine Optimization > Landing Pages
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Behavior > Site Content > All Pages
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Behavior > Site Speed > Overview
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Behavior > Site Speed > Speed Suggestions
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More In-Depth Topics

Get Started With Google Analytics

Get the Most Out of Google Analytics

Setting Goals and Measuring Conversion

In Analytics, a conversion is the completion of an activity on your site that is important to the success of your business. For example:

  • a completed sign up for your email newsletter (a Goal conversion)
  • a purchase (a transaction, sometimes called an Ecommerce conversion)

Microdata

Microdata annotates the DOM with scoped name/value pairs from custom vocabularies.

Example

Here is some microdata included in my WordPress directory, KidsBusyBook.com:

Microdata schema.org

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