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Recommendations for Google Analytics for HubPages?

  1. tsmog profile image85
    tsmogposted 16 months ago

    Using HP's new search tool all the top searches are forum posts for Google Analytics with many referring to specifics like setting it up, new glitches, and contrasts with HP stats. I see very few Hubs except for basic set-up, which the learning Center covers very well to begin with. So, the jest is I know there are glitches and people see differences between HP and Analytics with views.

    Having read a little on what GA provides I still have a little confusion and am learning. Firstly, it seems apparent its intent is for a website contrast HP. With that in mind I ponder the bounce rate, exit, and etc. Some questions would be like shouldn't our hubs have a higher bounce rate than a website if the reader does not go to another of our Hubs contrast leaving elsewhere?

    Also, I notice my Questions at Behavior → Content Drill Down actually have more views than my Hubs said with a pondering giggle + giggle. The Avg Read time for those is 3 minutes. The bounce rate is lower for the Questions contrast the Hubs. (61% vs. 84%). Exit is Questions 51% vs. 72% for Hubs. Again Avg time is Q = 3 min vs. H = 5 min. From my understanding Questions are out performing my Hubs. Is that so in any others view? BTW Unique views are about the same at 350 each. Yes, my views are near dismal, yet they offer the learning experience for the future.

    Are there any good hubs that can be recommended for the topics in GA related to HP articles? Again, there seems there would be a contrast between a Hub and a Website contribution for performance, although I am not sure. I do see the advantage of GA especially with where Hubs are read. For instance near 1/3 of my readership is Europe and about 20% Asian.

    Thank you for any thoughts, explanations, or references.

  2. Buildreps profile image94
    Buildrepsposted 16 months ago

    I use GA as a kind of backup tool to check the statistics of Hubpages, and to have more insights in statistics.
    First the amount of views seem to be contradictory to that of HP. 30 days views HP: 1,556. 30 days views GA: 2038. Somehow I trust GA more than HP. But the question is of course - why such a big difference?

    GA provides great information on things like the amount of new users vs. returning users (mostly Hubbers). Furthermore provides GA great info on things like you state here: bouncing rates and session time. Reading time recently jumped up from around 3 minutes to 6,5 minutes. It's mainly because of one specific Hub, and that's interesting information to have!

    I have no idea how you determined the difference between Hubs and Questions when it comes to bouncing rates and reading time. How you did this?

    1. tsmog profile image85
      tsmogposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      Hello Buildreps! If you go to your HubPages Profile Name → Behavior → Site Content → Content Drill down it shows for me four categories:

      1. /question/
      2. /hub/
      3. /
      4. /www.guardlink.org/

      Question is the Questions published not answered.

      I too use GA for time read and user type especially returning users. I really like knowing where readership comes from for pondering the article type read and wish to write. I would think you being in Europe would find value with that too.

      A few years back when I had over 100 hubs and more views almost 50% of my readership was European based. Plus, I am on HP at midnight or so here in Cali (PST with a 9 hr difference to Europe it means 9AM there) and had many friends here at HP in Europe. So, using that activity for the evening in Europe for me would be here at about 9AM when I am getting off the internet. So, late posts (for me) at HP works fine.

      Also, of the US based readership (about 50%) 70% was local to me in the county I live - San Diego. So, I understood where my readership market was. Knowing that I realize only a 1/3 of my readership will read articles local to me like restaurant reviews. For that information go to your HubPages ID → Audience → Overview. There you will see:

      1. Language
      2. Country
      3. Service Provider

      Plus, more information like System with 3 categories and Mobile with 3 categories. There also at the right of those is a language marque showing languages even breaking down which English language - US, Great Britain, Australia, and others.

      I see of those still here at HP in Europe many are here related to the height of activity for here in the US. That means they are online kinda' late in the evening. I have a friend in Sweden who use to be very active at Facebook promoting HP friends Hubs and their self-published books, but it became a burden for her being up late all the time.

      Ooopps! Got off subject. I think GA offers many advantages, however I do not understand bounce rate and exit for Hubs. What is good and what is  not. I see that in the forums all the time. It seems it will not be the same as for a website as most online articles write about. However, I dun'no . . .

      1. tsmog profile image85
        tsmogposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        Edit Statement: "If you go to your HubPages Profile Name → Behavior → Site Content → Content Drill down it shows for me four categories:"

        The HubPages Profile name is located at Google Analytics if one has an account there. That is not for the HubPages Account page.

  3. Buildreps profile image94
    Buildrepsposted 16 months ago

    Tim, it seems to me that you have features I don't have as a European based Hubber. That's strange I think. Thanks for the answer!

    1. tsmog profile image85
      tsmogposted 16 months ago in reply to this

      I'm sorry maybe I mislead you not sure. At Google Analytics go to your Hubber Profile name and those will appear. I did not mean at HubPages. I'll Edit it  now.

      1. Buildreps profile image94
        Buildrepsposted 16 months ago in reply to this

        OK, thanks. I'll check it out smile