Correctly Interpreting Your Website Traffic Statistics
Analyzing your web traffic statistics can be an immeasurably important tool for a number of reasons. But before you can manufacturer full use of this tool, you must understand how to interpret the data.
Top web hosting companies will provide you with fundamental web traffic data that you then have to interpret and make appropriate use of. However, the data you receive from your host company can be imposing if you don't grasp how to supplicate it to your particular undertaking and website. Let's start by examining the most fundamental data - the general visitors to your site on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
These statistics are the most genuine allowance of your website's performance. It would appear on the surface that the more visitors you see documented, the better you can figure your website is performing, but this is an inaccurate understanding. You must also look at the behavior of your visitors once they get to your website to accurately assess the effectiveness of your site.
There is usually a great delusion about what is ordinarily known as "hits" and what is really competent, quality traffic to your site. Hits simply mean the number of information requests received by the server. If you think about the actuality that a hit can readily equate to the number of graphics per page, you will get an impression of how exaggerated the concept of hits can be. For example, if your homepage has 15 graphics on it, the server records this as 15 hits, when in truth we are talking about a single visitor checking out a single page on your location. As you can see, hits are not worthwhile in analyzing your website traffic. The more visitors that turn up to your website, the more genuine your interpretation will become. The greater the traffic is to your website, the more precise your evaluation will be of overall trends in visitor behavior. The lesser the number of visitors, the more a few unorthodox visitors can misrepresent the assessment.
The aim is to use the web traffic information to figure out how well or how poorly your site is working for your visitors. One way to ascertain this is to discover how long, on average, your visitors run through your site. If the time spent is comparatively brief, it usually indicates an elementary problem. Then the challenge is to evaluate what that problem is.
It could be that your keywords are guiding the wrong variety of visitors to your website, or that your graphics are disorganized or intimidating, causing the visitor to exit quickly. Use the experience of how much time visitors are spending on your site to identify specific problems, and after you fix those problems, continue to use time spent as an estimate of how effective your fix has been.
Furthermore, web traffic stats can help you establish effective and ineffective areas of your website. If you have a page that you consider as important, but visitors are exiting it swiftly, that page needs work. You could, for example, evaluate improving the link to this page by making the link more substantial and attractive, or you could reform the look of the page or the ease that your visitors can access the necessary information on that page.
If, on the other hand, you notice that visitors are spending a lot of time on pages that you maintain are less essential, you might want to move some of your sales copy and marketing focus to that specific page. As you can see, these statistics will broadcast vital knowledge about the profitability of distinct pages, and visitor habits and stimulus. This is essential information to any effectual Internet marketing campaign.
Your website unequivocally has exit pages, such as a final order or contact form. This is a page you can expect your visitor to leave quickly. Nonetheless, not every visitor to your site is going to locate exactly what he or she is looking for, so observations may show you a number of other exit pages. This is customary unless you notice an exit trend on a specific page that is not designed as an exit page. In the case that a significant percentage of visitors are exiting your website on a page not intended for that purpose, you must closely contemplate that particular page to figure out what the difficulty is. Once you identify potential weaknesses on that page, tiny modifications in content or graphics may have a consequential impact on the visitors moving through your site instead of exiting at the wrong page.
After you have analyzed your visitor statistics, it's time to turn to your keywords and phrases. Take notice if selective keywords are directing a specific variety of visitor to your site. The more targeted the visitor - implicating that they find what they are looking for on your site, and even better, fill out your contact form or make a purchase - the more profitable that keyword is.
However, if you find a great number of visitors are being directed - or should I say, misdirected - to your site by a specific keyword or phrase, that keyword demands modification. Keywords are essential to bringing quality visitors to your site who are open to do business with you. Close evaluation of the keywords your visitors are using to locate your site will give you a fundamental understanding of your visitor's needs and motivations.
Finally, if you notice that users are discovering your website by typing in your company name, break out the champagne! It means you have achieved a significant focus of brand recognition, and this is certainly an indication of burgeoning success.
About the Author: Mike Tansey has been online since early 2004. He can set you up with your own profit-unlimited pulling website within the next 24 hours. Duplication is the crux to Network Marketing, Mike has the Answer. Affiliate Marketing Opportunity.
Source: Entireweb Newsletter * May 18, 2006 * Issue #232
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