I signed up for Google Analytics last night and just got a report tonight. How exciting!
Before I get too carried away though (may be a little bit late for that), I should probably check to see if my assumptions are correct. Out of my numbers, I want a high percentage of unique visitors? How about time on site (I'm hoping we prefer a high number)? Bounce rate - preferably low? (I didn't do so well there) A much higher percent from external traffic than from HP?
After responses, I may be singing a different tune, but for now I'm pretty pumped.
Analytics is a God send. Bounce rate is slippery, and despite getting full stars on nearly all my hubs in terms of view duration, I'm still fighting relatively high bounce rates, oh well (I guess it's because few people need more than one article at a time from hubpages -- not necessarily because of poor content)
High percentages of unique viewers are great, as is high organic traffic.
Remember you can link your ad sense info with analytics so you have a better idea of how your hubs are performing in terms of revenue. Analytics will import that data and give you valuable information.
I'm really excited for you, aficionada, but I have to go with habee on this one...what IS a bounce rate?
"Bounce rate" in Google means a visitor that visits one page of your site and then leaves. Read more about it directly from Google. (BTW, some traffic programs define bounce rate as a visitor that only stays on the site for X seconds.)
Since each hub is only one page, bounce rate in Google Analytics for HP (I believe) means a visitor that came in directly to your hub and left without visiting any other hubs. In a nutshell, it's meaningless as you only really care about traffic to your hub.
I use Analytics more to figure out how much organic search engine traffic I'm getting, what keywords are driving the traffic and how many folks from what keywords are making me $$$.
Welllll, I'm hoping those more knowledgable will tweak this answer, okay?
Bounce rate refers to the percentage of people who leave the page they view after viewing it, rather than going to another page directly from it.
So, if I understand correctly, when someone goes from my page which they viewed first either to another of my Hubs or to someone else's Hub, they would not be considered to have "bounced." But if someone reads my Hub and then goes back to their own e-mail or whatever, then they bounced.
Ideally, we want people to stay here and look around as long as possible, so we want a low bounce rate. And the advertisers do too, because that means the viewers are seeing their ads for a longer time.
Someone help, here, please - did I describe that okay?
Thanks, lrohner; I think I was typing while you were posting.
And thanks, lorlie6, for your congratulations! I'm so new at this, every little number makes me silly-giddy - until I know what it means.
Looks to me like you are trotting along real well, especially in four months.
All those figures are good enough, as previously stated. Bounce rate is always high. Often a video lengthens your time on page figures, just keep doing what you are now my friend.
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