Google Analytics works on three levels:
Accounts are attributed to the individual websites associated with the business in which properties and views will fall into. Properties typically reference specific pages of the website related to products or services. This is most commonly seen with websites containing E-commerce functionality. Last, views are where you can get specific and unique with your data. Views allow you to divide primary data you would like to see and is also where you will be grabbing your insights from.
Below is a visual representation of the dashboard structure.
Helpful Hint: I recommend including a ‘Test’ view in order to test different filtering in order to make your data as helpful and useful as possible for the business.
As an SEO, you have a plethora of resources as your fingertips. You may be wondering, where should I start when diving into Google Analytics?
As a jumping-off point, I would recommend 2 important functions for SEO within Google Analytics:
In order to find insights off the bat I would recommend jumping into your acquisitions tab! Here you can find any information regarding sessions, revenue, users, and many more metrics!
In order to access this data you first need to:
2. Hit the ‘All Traffic’ Dropdown
3. Click on Channels and you will see the breakdown of channel acquisition to your site
From here, feel free to explore by clicking the respective channels within the ‘Default Channel Grouping’ column. Of course, for SEO purposes, you will most likely be interested in Organic Search!
So you want to learn about specific landing page information? Look no further. Below I will outline 2 strategies that will allow you to filter for only the pages you want in a swift and efficient way!
2. Next, click landing page at the top of the following screen next to ‘Primary Dimension’
3. Once you are here click advanced next to the magnifying glass icon
4. You will be brought to a filter setting as seen below:
5. Within the filter you will want it to read ‘Landing Page’ containing your landing page URL
Helpful Hint: Paste the landing page URL without the HTTPS information
If you want to input multiple URLs, you will have to create a regex which is the second strategy!
2. From there you will be able to see each URL’s metrics as a collective filter!
Google Analytics, in itself, can yield many useful insights for reporting, revenue streams, and consumer demographic information overall. Utilizing these two main functions mentioned above can most certainly help identify past, present and future performance for SEO strategy and help give historical context to your data findings!