One of the most difficult things on the internet today is to track the results of your SEO efforts. Usually, people enable analytics code and leave it just as it is. But this gives a superficial data of an interaction between consumers and your website. The important part is that we need to know how many of the website visits were converted, which medium were they directed from. This can be a very tricky but not impossible. It can also be done faster without having to log into multiple accounts and then bring it together. Here are some simple pointers and tools to track your local SEO and SEM.
- Google Analytics:
Google is potentially the most powerful tool for every website when you want to track your results. Sure other tools are available too but this one is free and is virtually present everywhere. Learning Google analytics in and out is where the trick lies, it is not just 3 graphs and lines indicating what is what. Learn the tool and make the best of it.
- Google search console:
This is one tool that is easily overlooked but doing so can land you in problems. You can miss out on XML sitemaps, robot.txt verification, crawler reports etc. You will also miss some very important keyword click data. This tool can be used to detect penalties coming your way and other issues if they ever come up.
- Google Adwords:
Adwords is why you need tracking in the first place because without it you won’t know where your next click comes from and just spend money. Analytics from the AdWords data can be very efficiently used to seeing whether your campaign needs changes or not.
- Google Tag Manager:
An excellent tool to put the code in snippets for your site and do it all at once. It basically holds the list of snippets entered from you. It manages each one such that you don’t have to go back to each one of it to edit.
- UTM tracking URLs:
This so that you know where your visitor comes from exactly. It tracks the UTM on the URL to get information on which medium the visitor was directed from. For it is also possible they came looking for a business card.
- Google My business:
Another very important and helpful tool in giving you essential data on how tracking and results in work. It draws bridges between certain information to give you the best insights so that you make an informed decision.