In the beginning, you launched your business’s website complete with Google Analytics (GA) tracking code. You wanted to do everything right, so you followed best practices and spontaneously created a few goals in GA.
At the time, life was simple and you were thrilled if someone viewed a product detail page on your site. So thrilled in fact that you called it a GOALLLL!
Times were different then, and so was your website. Let’s jump ahead 5 years. Now you’re getting 5 or 10 times more traffic per month, hypothetically. Your goals in GA, however, haven’t changed since day one.
Are you still measuring the success of your website effectively? Read More…
Transitioning to Google Tag Manager, but still have a lot of hard-coded tracking on your website? Many of our clients find themselves in this very situation.
Or you may have the opposite problem, where you’ve been tracking pageviews through code on your site, and now you want to add PDF tracking through GTM.
With the robust and customizable applications of GTM, it is clear why so many companies make the switch; but if your website already contains a large amount of hard-coded tracking, such as event tracking or custom dimensions/variables, recreating those new tags in GTM might take some time – leaving your website in a limbo of utilizing both GTM and on-page scripts.
This is okay, and for many, a necessary step in the process of completely transitioning to GTM. It is crucial, however, to understand the impact and functionality of GTM tracker names in order to continue to receive quality data during this period. Read More…
Have you ever looked at the available dimensions and metrics in your Google Analytics reports and wished you could make up your own? You may have data about products, content, or users that isn’t part of any tracked session, which could bring new insight to your reporting and analysis of those sessions.
With Google Analytics Data Import, you can unify your online and offline data and revolutionize your reports.
Google Analytics constantly checks your data to search for common configuration problems. When it finds something wrong, a notification appears inside the UI that looks like this:
At first, these notifications can be unsettling or feel a bit vague. Here is a quick guide to a few of the common notifications in the interface along with how to troubleshoot them.
A new year brings new opportunities, new chances for self-improvement, and inevitably, reflection on the previous year. I’ve pulled out some of our most trafficked and most popular blog posts from the past year and listed them below.
It’s no coincidence that the categories of the posts are reflective of LunaMetrics as a company. There are entries from our main focuses on Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and the broad world of Search.
There are simple explanations of complicated topics, new ideas to ponder, and ways to make your life easier. As 2015 gets underway, you can expect more great content from our expert LunaMetricians. Read More…
Log in to Google Analytics and have a look at the Acquisition reports, and you’ll find all kinds of data on how people get to your site. Ever wonder where that comes from, and how GA decides what the source, medium, or campaign values are? Wonder no more, because here we’ll de-mystify the rules.
The Source/Medium Rules
The basic dimensions that GA uses to describe where someone comes from are Medium and Source (along with Campaign, Keyword, and Ad Content where circumstances warrant). GA fills these in based on different sources of information, and there’s a specific order in which Google Analytics looks for this information: Read More…
You’re developing web content for an industrial B2B company that has 20+ employees, most of whom are experts in their field. Their premier product is highly technical and in a niche market that is traditionally offline, as are many B2B businesses. Their site and its audience are relatively small, but growing rapidly.
Because this particular industry was so slow to migrate to a digital world, the competition isn’t incredibly high. This means that, hypothetically, keyword-targeted high-quality content rich with expert information could easily rank well.
It sounds simple, but getting a handful of industry veterans to contribute content by writing down the wealth of knowledge in their brains is no field day. The expert’s first question is typically, “What do you want to know?” It’s a valid question. If I worked in the industry for 20+ years and someone asked me to write, I’d likely respond with a similar remark.
So how does one coax information from an expert’s brain? This question becomes more challenging when you are not an expert in the industry yourself. Here are a few of my tried-and-true solutions: Read More…
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Making the Right Choice – Part 3 of 3
In the two previous parts to this three-part series, we discussed the issues facing us as we evaluate potential outdated content, and we investigated options to handle that content. In part 3, we discuss how to pick the right right options.
Matching Option to Scenario(s)
By now, you should have answers to important questions like, “How much effort is this worth?“, “what are my SEO needs”, and “what are my UX issues”?
You can now use the table below, which shows the impact of your options for handling old content on labor costs, SEO, and UX.
Roughly 85 percent of Google queries are not new searches. The majority of searches are old favorites that are asked nearly each day.
The same is true at our Google AdWords trainings where FAQs dominate Q&A. People tend to struggle from similar obstacles year after year, whether it be match type or account settings or whatever.
Somewhere just beyond Michael’s top 5 common PPC questions is linking Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools accounts, a question that we hear at most AdWords training sessions.
“Why can’t I see my AdWords data in my Google Analytics?”
Perhaps this sounds familiar: Your team has just decided to start transitioning to Google Tag Manager. However, you’re stuck on where you need to place the container code.
Traditionally, you’ve placed the Google Analytics immediately before the closing head tag, or perhaps it’s even still in the footer. (gasp!)
With Google Tag Manager the placement is now a little different. Instead of placing it in the head section, Google recommends putting the container code immediately after the opening body tag. Read More…