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What is Web Analytics?
Web analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of internet data for purposes of understanding and optimizing web usage.
Web analytics is not just a tool for measuring website traffic but can be used as a tool for businessresearch and market research. Web analytics applications can also help companies measure the results of traditional print advertising campaigns. It helps one to estimate how the traffic to the website changed after the launch of a new advertising campaign. Web analytics provides data on the number of visitors, page views, etc. to gauge the traffic and popularity trends which helps doing the market research.
There are two categories of web analytics; off-site and on-site web analytics.
Off-site web analytics refers to web measurement and analysis regardless of whether you own or maintain a website. It includes the measurement of a website's potentialaudience (opportunity), share of voice (visibility), and buzz (comments) that is happening on the Internet as a whole.
On-site web analytics measure a visitor's journey once on your website. This includes its drivers and conversions; for example, which landing pages encourage people tomake a purchase. On-site web analytics measures the performance of your website in a commercial context. This data is typically compared against key performance indicators for performance, and used to improve a web site or marketing campaign's audience response.
Historically, web analytics has referred to on-site visitor measurement. However in recent years this has blurred, mainly because vendors are producing tools that span both categories.
Why do I need Web Analytics?
Search engine marketing and search engine optimization are great ways to drive traffic to your website. In fact, they are almost required in today's marketplace to get any reliable traffic to your site. But how do you know if your search engine marketing and search engine optimization efforts are working? You need to use web analytics to find our for sure. Web analytics are analytic measurements of the amount of traffic that your website gets, where people go when they are on your website, how long they spend browsing your website, what search words they used to find your website, and other measurements like that.
Web analytics are crucial to search engine marketing and search engine optimization because in order to create effective search engine marketing you need to know what search terms people are using to find your site. Also if you want to use SEO more effectively you need to know how people are navigating your site. Knowing what pages people are taking the time to read and what pages they are skipping can be an invaluable tool for helping you figure out what content you should add and what content isn't really driving that much traffic to your site. Analytics can also tell you what your target market is by showing you what customers are interested in your products or your website.
There are a lot of different ways that you can get analytics for your website. Some website hosts offer an analytics package that you can sign up for when you sign up for web hosting. Some web designers can build in a package of analytics tools when they are building your website. There are also companies that specialize in web analytics that can give you very detailed reports packages showing all different kinds of web analytics. If you are using SEO on your website you should consider hiring a company to provide you with detailed information about how well your search engine marketing and search engine optimization efforts are working.
Search engine marketing can be very effective but you're wasting your time and money if you are targeting the wrong market or if your search engine optimization isn't using the right keywords and key phrases. The only way to know for sure if your search engine marketing is working is to see the actual figures from experienced web analyzers who can tell you what is working and what isn't.
A qualified web analytics company can also give you reports that will plot out Web trends and projections so that you will know what search engine marketing techniques and terms will be popular in the near future. In any business staying ahead of the pack is essential to getting ahead and getting detailed web analytics can help you re-evaluate your search engine marketing plan if you need to in order to reach your target market more effectively.
How can Bazinga! Web Design help?
At Bazinga! Web Design we are experts at implementing Google Analytics on your website. Google Analytics is a free web analytics tool offering detailed visitor statistics. The tool can be used to track all the usual site activities: visits, page views, pages per visit, bounce rates and average time on site etc.
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But it can also be used to specifically track Adsense and AdWords traffic therefore helping website owners and webmasters optimize their advertisements based on where visitors come from, time on site, click path and geographic location.
Contact Bazinga! Web Design and start getting insight into what visitors are doing on your website, where they are coming from and what keywords are the typing in the search engines too find you.
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