Google Does Not Seem To Be Sharing Keywords In Analytics! At All!
Ok…so you know that I am tracking my analytics to see where I am getting traffic and how. Here’s the deal: Google gives just enough information to me to frustrate me.
THANK GOD I HAVE ANOTHER WAY TO CHECK!
Even my handy dandy Webmaster Tools is failing me, right now. Just…not cool.
My goal, today, was to NOT check my analytics. I wanted to wait a full two days before doing it, again, but after a writing an article this morning, my curiosity was just too high.
Want to see what I found?
Because I Have Not Been Blogging For A While, I Had No Idea That They Would Not Share Anything!
I knew that there had been some changes, but I didn’t know how many there had been.
“Not Set” and “Not Provided” are two terms that I just don’t feel like seeing, anymore. I would much rather have my keywords! Now…I DO have a tool to see the keywords and the path people took to find the site, but it’s irritating to have to go use another tool when I want to see everything in one place.
Look at this…
That makes me very happy to see that my stats are on the incline. It’s a steady rise, and that’s awesome. I can see in my mind’s eye the path that I need to be taking, and I might have to pick up my pace a bit.
That part ROCKS!
For people who feel like you need a special platform to blog on in order to rank and make money by blogging, I am praying that these early stats are an encouragement. The truth is that all you need is consistency and a plan that’s already been proven.
For example, while the vast majority of my articles are written with keywords I am targeting on purpose, others of them are random and are just written for the love of writing and sharing. Those “random” articles are also written so that I can pick up new, long tail keywords and see what sticks over time.
I am in the content creation phase of a new blog, so I have to kind of slog this out until I gain some real traction. These early results are awesome.
Here’s what doesn’t rock, though…
I CAN’T SEE MY KEYWORDS IN GOOGLE ANALYTICS!
I Am Pretty Sure That It’s Pointless To Be Irritated With A Search Engine
Instead of staying irritated, I went to check my other resource and found that, while I am getting increased traffic from the search engines, I am also getting a LOT of traffic from Facebook.
Initially, I was trying to downplay the social traffic because I thought it was all from people who know me, but I can clearly see, now, that that is not true. Here is what Google showed me when I logged into Analytics.
70% of that is from Facebook.
I am also getting traffic from Google+. I am STILL not sure how that is happening because I have not shared a single post on Google+, yet…but ok. I’ll take it…and I’ll figure it out, later.
I am not going to drill down to figure out what all of this means, right now. As I wrote up top, this is not a real update. It’s more of a venting session. 🙂
What I AM going to do is scour the Internet to see how other bloggers are handling a lack of keywords from Google Analytics, because, while I am new to these GA changes, I know that others are not. Not everyone took a break like I did.
If I had to guess, I would imagine that other bloggers are simply continuing to create great content…content that people want to consume. I would also imagine that they are using supplementary keyword tools like I’m using, as well.
Regardless, this has been exciting and frustrating at once.
I can’t wait to give a real update, again, in a few days.
Thanks for reading!
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