Understanding Google Analytics – The Basics

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  1. Ashley Beolens

    Excellent stuff, very useful and something I’m now going to have to spend some time digesting (I hate that side of blogging).

  2. Rebecca Slinger

    Useful? Just a little! I am such a technophobe I look at my GA page and start panicking, I will read and digest, and hopefully get to grips.

  3. Penny Pincher (Dawn)

    Wow this is so useful and your information is very straightforward, this will help me tons. Thanks for posting this and I always wanted to know what a bounce rate was I had no clue!

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you – it is a mystery but worth pursuing! :)

  4. Coombe Mill

    Great post, I use analytics too and I also like Stat counter. #MagicMoments

    • Al Ferguson

      Oh, I haven’t come across Stat Counter. Is it good?

  5. Jaime Oliver

    Anything thing that helps bloggers understand GA is fab in my book as it can be super scary!
    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments (sorry i am late)

  6. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    What a great how-to guide to Google Analytics! Love the graphic and will be sharing widely as I know this will be useful to so many people. Thanks for sharing this at #sharethejoy too :)

    • Al Ferguson

      Thank you. Hope it’s useful. :)

  7. Kim Carberry

    I have Google Analytics installed but rarely look at it as I didn’t understand it.
    You have just put everything in plain English! Thank you!

  8. Martin Ricky

    I don’t have any problems understanding Google Analytics. I just have feeling that it misses a lot of my traffic.

    I use blogger as my platform and trust me I know that blogger stats are WAY off. But sometimes my blogger stats will say I have 1500 pageviews in one day, and my GA will say I have 150. There is just no way that I am getting 1350 pageviews from bots and all that other stuff. I just wish I had an accurate and true count so I could make my blog better…

    • Al Ferguson

      That is a big difference! Not sure what’s going on there but I will say that in my experience, analytics is much more accurate and when I was on blogger, I was disappointed. The difference was irritating – for me it was usually about half. So if I had 1000 views on blogger, in reality (according to analytics) it was 500.

  9. Thomas Jefferson Wedge

    I was so excited to see this as a topic. It has already been so useful to me; thank you! The app is awesome too btw. Love your blog! -Thom

    • Al Ferguson

      Thanks for your comment – pleased you found it useful. The APP is great isn’t it. Have a great day

  10. Pickinguptoys

    This is fab!I looked at it on the desktop site and my head exploded.I didn’t know there was an app so thankyou!!So much easier!

  11. Morgan Prince

    I love this guide, I’ve always found Google Analytics a little complicated. Thanks for this, promptly bookmarked! ;)

  12. Gemma_DMM

    Thanks for such a useful graphic! I still find it confusing.
    I want to go from blogger to self hosting too so doing a lot of googling at the moment!

  13. kelly

    Wow, i actually understood it !.
    Thankyou, it was a good read.

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