Understanding website statistics and what to look out for

There are hundreds of website statistic tracking tools available for you to use to see how many people are visiting your site. The information you can extract from the software depends entirely on which one you use and often people opt to use two of three to get a better picture of what is really happening.

If you use Google Analytics, this can be very easy for someone who is not clued up on web marketing to understand. You can add the main information you wish to see on the front dashboard and even have the data emailed to you on a regular basis. But if you are in to marketing then there is a lot more in there that you can extract.

One thing to always look out for is a sudden unexplained peak in traffic. When you start to analyse the stats you may find that they have all come from one referring site and you have a very high bounce rate.. This is often spam bots which are essentially programs that are written that then send out spiders to crawl certain websites (they are not actually human visitors). This can serious effect the reliability of your data. You can set up filters to remove this information which I strongly advise you do so you can get a clear view of what is really happening in terms of traffic.

Making sure you track your marketing efforts

Marketing is essential to any business for it to succeed. As marketing can be so vast, it is important to keep track of where you are investing your marketing budget to check that it is giving you a health return on your investment.

When doing any form of online or offline marketing it is important to track the number of enquires or sales, this will help you decide about future investments. Some marketing avenues work well for one type of business and not so well for another, so you often need to trial it before you can see if it is right for you.  

If you set up an ad in a magazine or newspaper or do a leaflet drop then you may wish to set up a new phone number that is only used on this promotion. This will allow you to see how many people are enquiring due to that marketing.

Online marketing is often a little easily to track with the like of Google analytics which can show you where the visitor has come from i.e social media site, Google Adwords etc.

What is on page and off page marketing?

There are a huge array of marketing techniques and avenues that you can choose to do when trying to boost your business. Some are online and others are offline and depending on what you are trying to achieve you may try either one or both of these techniques. If you have a website then you may throw a huge chunk of your marketing towards it.

On page optimisation is essentially making changes on a page within your site or by adding new content to your site. It may be that you add a blog or that you optimisation the content on a page in include more keywords or build up internal links. Off page optimisation is marketing that you do offsite away from your website. The aim of this is to improve the traffic to your site and your rankings on the search engines. This can be achieved in a number of ways. Often people build up external links to their site from high quality authority domains, comments on other sites, have social media pages and interact with others or upload videos to sites such as YouTube. All of this can help build up your website without affecting the content on your site.

Ideally you want to do both to give your site the best chance of improving and gaining additional traffic.

Search engine optimisation takes time to work

When it comes to websites, we all want our site to shoot to the top of the search engines and get a load of traffic to the site as soon as possible. If you opt to use Google Adwords then you can do this but it is often very costly. Alternatively, you may want to do some SEO on your site.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, it is a way of optimising your site so that it ranks higher on the search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Many companies are now realising the importance of SEO and are turning to marketing companies to assist them with this.

It is important to remember that SEO is not a quick fix and it can take a period of time before you start to see any effect from it. Any changes that are made to a website, can take weeks to start to take affect and even months to see the full effect. You cannot simply have one month of SEO and expect to see your site suddenly soar up the search engine results pages.  It is also important to remember that it needs to be on going. If you stop doing SEO on your site then you can expect any positive affects you have had from it to start to diminish over time.

Ideally you should trial SEO for a minimum of 6 months but ideally 12 months to start to see the benefit.

Online marketing cannot be completed overnight

Many businesses make the mistake of thinking that online marketing is something that they need to do in one go a few times a year. They will often spend time and money on online marketing – start to see results and then wonder why they start to drop back down the search engines or lose traffic when they stop.
Online marketing offers a wide array of ways to market your business to people through the internet. It can be done through your website, social media sites or through email marketing for example.
It can be tricky to know which forms of online marketing you should invest in, especially if your budget is tight. Some forms of marketing are fairly expensive but offer quick instant results such as Pay per Click. Others will take months and months to build up but will cost less in the long run and should give you firm foundations to continue to build upon.
You need to allow 6 months or so to see if your online marketing in terms of link building and SEO is having a positive effect. Be aware that if you stop doing it you may find that all the hard work you have done to achieve the current positions you have starts to unravel.