Brief exploration of the impact of ITP 2.1 on channel reporting in Google Analytics. Some client sites I looked at were overlooking huge gains in organic search performance over the last few years.
We’ve been sleeping on metrics (and commercial outcomes!) that old school marketers and PRs would kill for.
This is my 2nd Whiteboard Friday appearance, but actually the one I recorded first. It’s about a pet peeve of mine, or at least something that seems to come up *constantly* in SEO work – the surprisingly finicky definitions in Google Analytics.
I’d long noticed on sites with multiple analytics setups, that traffic levels could differ even on unfiltered views. In this post, I tried to dig into the patterns in that data.
A bit of a rant about some of my biggest pet peeves in interpreting analytics, rank tracking or ranking factor study data.
This article originally appeared over at https://www.distilled.net/measuring-brand-awareness/. That URL 404s at the time of writing, hence the new location here.
Few people dispute that brand awareness is an important consideration for companies of all sizes – there’s a half-trillion dollar global advertising industry built largely on that premise, after all. In the SEO industry, however, we’re probably not as aware of it as we should be. I recently published a study on Moz showing that branded search volume is better correlated with organic search ranking in Google than Domain Authority, and as Google gets smarter and links become increasingly unrepresentative of how the web works, we can only expect this relationship to deepen.Continue reading “Getting Started with Measuring Brand Awareness”
Hidden quirks, misleading metrics and tips and tricks for Google Analytics.
A self-referral in Google Analytics is a session where the source is your own site. This is often ignored or considered innocuous, but it represents something very wrong with the sessions it represents.
Don’t let data sampling lead you astray. Learn when sampling happens in GA, how accurate it is, and what you can do about it.
Sessions are pretty arbitrarily defined, all too easily inflated, and far more complex than most realise. It’s possible for apparent step-changes in Google Analytics reports to have little real-world relevance, and common for reports to show numerous mysterious and apparently inexplicable landing pages and traffic sources. It is therefore essential for Google Analytics users to understand what they’re actually talking about when they reference a session, and that’s what this post is all about.