Friday, June 16, 2006

Analyzing Your Website Traffic

The key to improving your site is diligent review of the its statistics. Your hosting vendor typically provides a report capability as part of their service. Checking these on a regular basis offers valuable insights into visitor behavior and clues to how you can make your site more productive. For example:

  • On what page do most people enter your site?
  • How long do they stay?
  • Where do they exit your site?
  • Where are they coming from?
  • Where do referrals come from?
  • What external links are sending the most traffic to your site?
  • How often are search engine spiders crawling your site for updates?
  • What keyword searches are sending most people to your site?

Reviewing these stats and thinking about them is the quickest way to enhancing your site. For example, if most people enter your site on the home page, but leave with 10 seconds or so, then you know that your homepage needs a little work. Also, one linked site is sending you most of your referral traffic, perhaps a closer business relationship with that site is in order. If Google is not regularly crawling your site, maybe you should re-submit to them. Think about it...

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Mary said...

Analyzing web traffic is part of web marketing. You really have to monitor these things in order to supplement tye right formula for your site. Good post!

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Karl Smith said...
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Karl Smith said...

Hi,

I don't agree that it is the key to get traffic!...

However it is very important. I use my hosting account stats to check the points you mention...

I always learnt from these Advertising Articles the many free/low cost methods to get traffic.

Karl