Recent Google Analytics Updates

Below is a copy of the most recent Google Analytics updates. Instead of me giving you my spin on each update, I thought it was best for the Google Analytics Team to do that! Google Analytics – October 2019 Product Update Product & Feature Highlights Manage Tags Easily and Safely With the New Community Template … Read more

Google AdWords and Analytics – Put a Bounce (Rate) in Your Step – Part III

How Linking These Two Applications Can Improve Your AdWords ROI By Dave Ingalls Digital Marketing Consultant You’ve got your AdWords ads click through rate (CTR) up in the 5-15% range, and sometimes higher, but those clicks are not translating into either online sales and/or product inquiries.  Sound familiar? In Parts I and II of this … Read more

Google AdWords and Analytics – Put a Bounce (Rate) in Your Step – Part II

How Linking These Two Applications Can Improve Your AdWords ROI By Dave Ingalls Digital Marketing Consultant You’ve got your AdWords ads click through rate (CTR) up in the 5-15% range, and sometimes higher, but those clicks are not translating into either online sales and/or product inquiries. Sound familiar? In Part I of this article, we … Read more

Google AdWords and Analytics – Put a Bounce (Rate) in Your Step – Part I

How Linking These Two Applications Can Improve Your AdWords ROI By Dave Ingalls Digital Marketing Consultant Does this sound familiar? You’ve got your AdWords ads click through rate (CTR) up in the 5-15% range, and sometimes higher, but those clicks are not translating into either online sales and/or product inquiries. Waz up with that?! Here’s … Read more

What Site Search Can Tell YOU!

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Dave Ingalls

Do you have a Site Search function on your Web site? If not, here’s what you’re missing!

In addition to publishing this Internet Marketing Course Blog and the accompanying Digital Marketing Tutorial, I oversee several technical products B2B Web sites for my company. Our main Web site highlights our major product line and a smaller “micro” Web site was created to highlight a companion product line.

I recently added Site Search to the main Web site and when I looked at what visitors were searching for on THAT site, I was completely floored!

Before we get into Site Search, let’s make sure you already have a Web analytics program on your Web site(s). I use Google Analytics – it’s free, it’s simple to install, it really works, and for the products we sell, our prospective Customers use Google almost exclusively as their general search engine. How do we know that? Our Google Analytics program shows us that over 50% of our total Web traffic comes to our main Web site from Google organic (natural) searches.

Specifically, you need BOTH an analytics program and a site search program to prove the value of Site Search to YOU.

Our Google Analytics program allows us to “drill down” into the data on visitor traffic, and when we took a detailed look at the keyword phrases Google searchers were using to get to the main site, we saw a number of iterations of our company name pulling in a lot of the traffic (mainly different spellings of the company name). Sounds reasonable.

After the first few days of having Site Search installed on the main Web site, we took a look at the keywords being used to search for information on that site. To my surprise, almost ALL of the site searches on the main site were for part numbers or phrases related to the products on the micro site! And even more unsettling, when I performed those same searches on the main site, the search returned no results! Yikes!

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Getting Started With Web Analytics

Occam’s Razor by Avinash Kaushik Dave’s Comments (Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog): Web analytics and common sense can be strange bedfellows indeed! But not for Avinash Kaushik, an expert in Web analytics. If you’re new to this topic, this blog post by Avinash is the PERFECT Place to start! “A common theme I have noticed across many … Read more

85% of Marketers, Service Providers Will Increase Online Spending

Email to get most attention, yet supporting data analytics often ignored Source: Alterian Dave’s Comments (Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog): The beat goes on! Looks like online marketing will continue to steal the lion’s share of advertising/marketing spending increases in 2007. Even direct marketers, long known for their mailers and printed catalogs, are jumping on the … Read more

Web Analytics: The Power is in Integration

By Jason Burby Clickz Dave’s Comments (Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog): The KEY concept for me from this article – “Integration is helping many clients better understand the 95 percent plus people who DON’T convert on the site.” This Web Analytics article focuses on Omniture’s new Genesis product, but be sure to checkout what WebSideStory and … Read more

Web Site Stats

by Dave Ingalls Digital Marketing Tutorial Blog Everyone says you should keep track of your Web site statistics, but why and for what purpose? I give several examples of how and why I use NetTracker Web log analysis software on one of the Web sites I manage in a recent post to my Internet Marketing … Read more