I Am Incredibly Angry With Google For Not Sharing Keywords In Analytics!

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…

Clearly, my site visits are UP!
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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.

This is a pretty nice bump up, overnight…
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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.

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Christi Johnson

Christi Johnson is a blogger and a social media marketer.She is also a homeschooling mother and a digital advertising consultant.

She shows people how to use their blog for income and live a life that they have always wanted to live as creative people. If you want to be a content creator AND a great marketer, keep reading, here!