Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools: 10 SEO Tips on How to Optimise Your Site

Measuring and tracking online activity for your website is very important. The following are SEO tips that will describe how Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools can help track your business and to see how it is growing. 

Google Analytics:

It is a service offered by Google that creates detailed statistics about website traffic, sources, conversions and sales. The service is aimed to marketers compared to actual webmasters. It is the most used website statistics service. 

5 SEO Tips for Google Analytics:

Create Goals

Set out measurements of what you want want your visitor to achieve on your website, whether it is to sign up, read articles, make comments, etc. By setting up these goals, it will give more meaning to your analytics.

Manage your dashboard

The data can be overwhelming and necessary if not set up properly. By organising and only showing what you need, you will find the analytical process easier and more manageable compared to before.

Do not double count your traffic

When using data on visitors activity, do not include the time that you spend visiting the site as it will skew the data.

Search Keywords

Creating a report to see what phrases people are using to find your website in search engines is useful. This is how to optimize your site and use the proper keywords. It is especially useful to see the keywords they use if they don't use your business name to see the mindset of what they are looking for. This goes for the same if you have an internal search feature. You can find out what the popular searches were for, what pages they visited after the search, and the activity that they performed after.

Tracking linked Social Media

By using analytics you can see the amount of traffic going to your website from different linked social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and whether they assisted in conversions by checking what specific pages they visited. You can also see the level of success from campaigns and which visitors responded to content shown in a particular social network.

Google Webmaster Tools

This is another free web service provided by Google that checks crawling statistics and optimises visibility of the website. This tool is aimed for webmasters.

5 SEO Tips for Google Webmaster Tools:

Crawl Statistics

Using the Google webmaster tools, you will be able to generate 3 different crawl reports for diagnosing problems and analysing performance:

  • Pages crawled per day - There will be ups and downs but hopefully you can see a steady incline. Spikes are usually due to releasing new pages or increasing inbound links.
  • Kilobytes crawled per day - This report should be similar to the movements of the pages in the crawled per day graph
  • Time spent downloading a page - You will be hoping to find not as many peaks as they could be server problems usually. Google should not take that much time downloading your page.

Errors

Pull up all the different errors affecting the site like broken links, even links driving traffic to the site with no valid page or pages that have been restricted. These crawl errors are particularly useful for SEO. Redirecting or fixing these links will lead to increased visitors for your site.

Meta descriptions and title tags

Another valuable SEO tip to heed is to use meta descriptions and title tags. Meta tags provides information to search engines about their sites. Google will generate a list of your URL's which have problems with their title tags or meta descriptions like having duplicates or being too short or too long. Duplicates can affect your ranking in Google and meta descriptions should be efficient to help visitors click through your page. 

Top search queries

As mentioned before, you can search the top queries for keywords using Google Analytics. However Webmaster Tools has the option of showing your average position within Google, so you can try pushing keywords at the top positions and try to increase your traffic. You can filter your search by type like web, image, mobile or country.

Manage site links

If your site has a set of links below the Google listing that comes up, you can manage this in the 'Site Configuration' section. You cannot actually tell what links for Google to show but you can tell Google not to show a site link it has created and to block it.  

Following these SEO tips shared will certainly get your website ahead among the stiff competition within the web.


Eric Phuah

Eric Phuah

Director at Hystericalz Pty Ltd

Previously in audit and accounting, I branched off into designing a new and innovative social network smartphone application called 'Kinetic! '. Available in Iphone and Android platforms, it connects friends to each other more efficiently compared to other social networks and makes it easier to plan to hang out.

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Phil Khor

Phil Khor , Founder at SavvySME

Getting on top of our data is so critical in online business! These type tools are simply indispensable. Great summary Eric. Thanks for sharing :)

Ashleigh Betvardeh

Ashleigh Betvardeh , Campaign Statistician at Click Click Media

really good article Eric! Analytic's works really well with AdWords.