Saturday, August 7, 2010

Do you use Google Analytics?

I feel very behind the times. A few weeks ago, I (finally) installed Google Analytics on my blog. It only took me three times to figure it out (and I strangely consider myself tech savvy). So now the results come in everyday and I wonder how to use the information that it gathers.

How do you use the information from Google Analytics? Have you set goals based on the data? If so, what are they?

Right now the only thing I really understand is how many visitors I receive on a daily basis and the average amount of time a visitor stays. That's pretty much it. Oh, and I like the feature that shows which content is viewed the most.

As a reviewer do you use this information to receive review copies? Do you report this information to anyone -- publishers, publicists, or your own readers?

Let me know in the comments section or send me an email at jedziedz(at)hotmail(dot)com.


Rebecca said...

where did you find google analystics? Sounds intresting.

Let me know how you like Eat Pray Love. My book club wants to read it. But, it hasn't gotten very good reviews on review sites. So, i am not really wanting to put my vote in for it.

christina said...

I STILL cannot figure out how to install the analytics. I tried a couple of times. Never got it and gave up. Is there a Dummie's book for it/?

Bookventures said...

I use it but all it really tells me is the number of people who visit my site, the content that they look at (page counts) and their locations (albeit their countries and their city
). Its pretty descent but sometimes its a bit too technical for me to understand so i just look at it for the basics.

You have to have a gmail acct to actually us it because you have to log in and create a profile for the site your tracking. Then you follow the instructions, copy and paste the code on your blog or website and then click verify. Once that's over, you'll see a green tick next to your website on your Google Analytics dashboard. From then on it will record visitors traffic for you. I hope this helps.

Gramma Ann said...

I never heard of Google Analytics. I don't think it would be something I would use anyway. But, I found it interesting to read about. If it took you three trys to get it to work, I don't think I could master installing it. ; )

Sue Jackson said...

I haven't tried Google Analytics. I use another free service called Site Meter.

I think it's interesting but I don't get hung up on the numbers. What I found most intriguing was learning how many more people were visiting than just those who left comments.


The Book Chook said...

I tried it and gave up too. I like the new Blogger stats much better - they just appeared in my Blogger-in-Draft dashboard!