Track Your Website User Engagement Using Google Analytics
Do you have a website ?
If Yes, Then Tracking your website user engagement is very important for your business. Google offer free tracking service named Google Analytics that tracks and reports website traffic.You could have thousands or millions of visitors every month, but those visitors are practically meaningless if you don’t know anything about them and their interest in your website. With its robust web analytics and reporting tools, Google Analytics can help you make the most out of visitors.
Setup Google Analytics Account
First you need to signup for analytics using a Google Account, Click on Sign in or Create an Account on the upper left corner. If you’re already signed in, click on Access Google Analytics.
Google Analytics Basics
If you want to skip the details and just get started, here’s a rundown of how to set up Google Analytics on your website:
- Sign in to Google Analytics with your Google account
- Click the Admin button on the bottom left sidebar of your dashboard
- Select an account or create an account
- Click on the dropdown menu to create a property
- Click on Website and add your site’s name and URL
- Choose your industry
- Choose your time zone
- Click on Get Tracking ID
- Install Tracking ID on your website
Here are also a few terms :
Account — where each property lives in your dashboard. You can set up multiple properties in one account or have multiple accounts for different properties
Property — the website or mobile app you want to track
Tracking ID — a unique code added to your site that allows Google Analytics to track it
Conversion — visits that turn into customers or potential customers
Channel/Traffic source — shows where your traffic came from, such as referrals or links from other sites, search engines, social media and emails
Session duration — how long visitors spend on your site
Bounce rate — percentage of visitors that view only a single page and then leave
Event — specific visitor behavior, such as when a visitor clicks on an ad, watches or stops a video, downloads a file and more
Landing page — the first page a visitor sees when visiting your website
Organic search — visitors who visit your site from a link on a search results page
Segment — a way to filter data, such as by category and types of visitors
And the types of reports you shouldn’t miss:
Acquisition — shows you where traffic comes from, such as search engines, social media, email marketing campaigns and links from other websites. You’ll find this under the Acquisition tab.
Keywords — tells you what search words visitors used to find your website on a search engine. You’ll find this report in the Behavior tab, under Site Search.
Conversions — tracks how many visitors are converting into newsletter subscribers, shoppers and actual customers. Click on the Conversions tab and choose a type or category of conversion to view a report.
Lifetime value — currently in beta, Lifetime Value reports track visitors throughout their lifetime, from their first visit to conversions, return visits, future purchases and beyond. This can help you figure out what turned these visitors into customers and what made them keep coming back so you can implement changes. Lifetime value is located under the Audience tab.
Landing page — shows you which pages are the most frequent landing pages so you can track down where those visitors are coming from and what’s working on those top pages that’s attracting customers. You’ll find this across different reports under the landing page column.
Active users — monitors how many visitors are actually active on your site within a specific time period, such as the past week, 14 days or month. This will show you what pages the most active users are visiting so you can figure out what’s keeping their attention and apply it to the rest of your website. You can find the active users report in the Audience tab under Active Users.