Google Analytics 2.0

Google Analytics 2.0

by Jerri L. Ledford, Mary E. Tyler
     
 

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Site Stats on Steroids

Is your Web site serving its purpose? To find out, you need to analyze factors related to what the site is supposed to do. Site statistics give you raw numbers, but Web analytics are like site stats on steroids. Analytics crunch those raw numbers into meaningful metrics—information you can use.

If you read our first book on

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Site Stats on Steroids

Is your Web site serving its purpose? To find out, you need to analyze factors related to what the site is supposed to do. Site statistics give you raw numbers, but Web analytics are like site stats on steroids. Analytics crunch those raw numbers into meaningful metrics—information you can use.

If you read our first book on Google Analytics, you already know what this tool can do and why that matters. (If you didn't, don't worry; there's an overview here, too.) This edition shows you what's new in version 2.0, helping you uncover specific details and use them like never before.

  • Master basic analytics and Web statistics concepts

  • Set up Google Analytics 2.0, choose the filters you need, and explore goals and goal-setting

  • Learn about new features that enhance analysis, including cross-segment reporting and drilldown content

  • Take control of Google Analytics with customizable dashboards and date ranges

  • Examine every aspect of the available reports, including visitors, traffic sources, content, and goals

  • Discover the specific reports suited for e-commerce sites and how to use them

  • Maximize the integration of Google Analytics with Google AdWords

  • Boost your use of Regular Expressions, write your own filters, and quantify your goals

Editorial Reviews

Once, web analytics were both frighteningly complex and ridiculously expensive. But Google, bless their hearts, made it free. By the time Google introduced a powerful new version of their Google Analytics web-based software recently, 750,000 webmasters were already signed up to use it. But making web analytics free didn't automatically make it easy. For that, you need this book.

Whether you're a current user who isn't making the most of Google Analytics or a site manager who knows analytics are important but doesn't know where to start, this book's been written for you. Jerri Ledford and Mary Tyler start with the fundamentals: what web analytics are, how they work, and -- with help from real-world scenarios -- which metrics matter for your site.

Once you know what you want to do with Google Analytics, you'll walk through getting it done: tracking visitor trends and loyalty; browser capabilities, network properties and approximate locations; traffic sources; and more. Throughout, Ledford and Tyler never forget that your goal is to actually use analytics to improve your site.

There's a full section on analyzing e-commerce, from conversion rates and average order value to product performance, visits to purchase, time to purchase, and more. The authors also show how to integrate Google Analytics with Google AdWords (and, courtesy of Google, the publishers have thoughtfully included a $25 AdWords discount coupon.)

The authors call special attention to Google Analytics' new "Dashboard" paradigm. Dashboards are all the rage in corporate America, promising to offer a fast, unified view of all the metrics that matter. Now you can have your very own -- and, with this book's help, you can actually make it useful. Bill Camarda, from the October 2007 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470175019
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jerri L. Ledford is a freelance business technology writer with more than 700 articles, news stories, profiles, and reports to her credit. Her work has appeared in Information Security Magazine, IT Manager's Journal, Network World, CRM Magazine, and many others.

Mary E. Tyler is a contributing editor at OSTG/NewsForge, the world's largest source of daily Linux coverage. She's a former software and Web developer who specializes in Open Source, enterprise software, intellectual property, and anything Macintosh.

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