How to measure the success of your website
1. Website conversions
We always recommend that you set up measurable conversions for your website such as sales, enquiries, downloads. Conversions are easy to set up in Google Analytics, find out how. As well as tracking how many conversions have been achieved also track what sources they are coming from (Search, Paid Ads, Social Media) so you can see what online marketing channels are working best for you.
2. Website visits
Always a popular stat with web managers but you need to track both returning visits and new visits. If one of your website goals is to generate sales and leads, then new visits should represent most of your traffic.
4. Mobile traffic
For many websites most of their traffic comes from mobile devices. We recommend you regularly track what percentage of your visitors are using desktop, tablet, and mobile phone devices. If a large proportion of your website visits are from mobiles and these visitors have a high bounce rate* and a low page duration time, then you carry out a review of your website on mobile devices to see why it has poor engagement.
5. User experience
You will need to know what pages on your website are the most popular. Also track what type of visitor they are popular with eg new versus returning visitors. Google Analytics will show you bounce rates* and time spent on pages so you can identify which pages may need improving by analysing content, navigation, page speed etc.
A high bounce rate is not necessarily bad, for example, Contact Us pages generally have high bounce rates as people find the information they need and leave. However a high bounce rate for your home page does need to be addressed.
For most websites traffic from search is their main source and being able to track what keywords people use to find your website is an essential performance indicator for measuring search engine optimisation.
Unfortunately, Google Analytics hides the most popular keywords used to find your site. However, add your website to Google Search Console and this will show you all the search queries that your website appears for and what numbers of clicks each search query gets.
If you are using Google Ads campaigns to drive traffic to your website, then you can track what keywords are working well in the campaigns.
It is also useful to track keyword trends to identify seasonal trends (See Google Trends). For example if your keywords spike at a certain time this helps you plan online marketing campaigns to target more potential customers in that period. Below is the keyword trend for the keyword “Greece holidays” in 2013 that shows two distinct peaks in December and then May to July.
7. Search engine rankings
A key indicator to track search engine optimisation performance is monitoring the ranking of your website for your priority keywords. Generally your website needs to be on page 1 to generate any sizeable traffic and being in the top 5 is where you want to be.
Don’t forget that monitoring your website regularly is vital and use these measures as a guide. You may want to add more depending on the nature of your business /organisation.
* The “Bounce Rate” is an internet marketing term and refers to the percentage of people who visit a page and then leave without visiting any other pages. Google says the average bounce rate is between 40%-60%.
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