When you were new to the world of websites and analytics, your goal may have initially been to increase your business’s site traffic to maybe 50 visitors a day. Once you hit 50, you then reached 100 soon after, and then 200. Yet with each higher traffic milestone realized, you didn’t see the corresponding sales conversion. What happened? When it comes to website analytics, it’s not all about traffic. Engagement with your site content is just as important. Here’s how to track your engagement metric using Google Analytics.
How do you measure engagement?
Just because a page receives a large amount of traffic, doesn’t mean it has quality content on it that visitors value. Half of the visitors to your most trafficked blog post or service page can easily bounce within seconds. So to figure out which pages your customers like, you need to measure engagement. And the easiest way to do that is by looking at the amount of time a visitor spends on a page.
Generally speaking, if a visitor is on a page for five minutes or more, they’re likely reading, watching or listening to some form of content you posted. Of course there’s the off chance that maybe he or she took an extended bathroom break after landing on your page or forgot to close it and continued surfing the web in another window. But if a consistent number of visitors are spending several minutes on a given page, you can feel confident that most of them are engaging with the content.
Why does engagement matter?
Simple. The more your visitors engage with your content, the more likely they’ll visit your website again or – even better – become a loyal customer.
You can measure engagement by following these four steps in Google Analytics:
1. Track engagement over a long period of time
We’re not just talking a month or two, but more like years. This will show you which pages are performing best in the long run. To do this, open Google Analytics. Then in the top right corner of the screen, input your date range and then click Apply.
2. Measure all pages
You need to look at time spent on all your pages to see what’s performing best. In the navigation bar to the left of your screen, click on the following in the order below:
- Site Content
- All Pages
3. Compare the average time visitors spend on a page
Under the main graph that displays visitor numbers to your site, you’ll see a search box with the word “advanced” next to it. To the right of that, you’ll see five buttons. Click on the second button from the right – the Comparison button. To be sure you’re clicking on the correct one, hover your mouse over it and the word “comparison” will pop up.
Slightly below the comparison button and to the left, choose Average time on page as your secondary metric.
4. Mind the Green bars
After you’ve followed the above steps, green bars will appear to the right of some of the pages displayed. The higher the bar, the greater amount of time a visitor is spending on a page.
With this data at your disposal, now you can understand what content your customers find valuable – and then focus on creating more of it.
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