What does Google Analytics Measure?


Google Analytics provides powerful information that you can use to increase traffic to your website.

Bounce Rate
This is a measure of how quickly someone leaves your site, or how long it takes them to “bounce” off your site. The bounce is measured as a percentage of people who stay on the site about 10 seconds or longer. If your bounce rate is around 40-50 percent, this is average. If your bounce rate is around 80% or higher, you’re doing something wrong. People don’t like it when it takes too long to find the info they need on a site. If they can’t find it within a few seconds, they bounce and go somewhere else.


This reinforces the importance of easy navigation and the importance of making a good impression immediately so that your visitors stay on your site rather than jumping to another.

Without Google Analytics, how would you discover this information so that you can rectify it?

To get Google Analytics on most websites costs R950 once-off


Visits and Visitors
These rates are measured in a variety of ways including:
– New versus returning visitors
– How many pages per visit
– Visit duration.

For an average website, you want your ratio of new visitors to return visitors to be at least two to one. Return visitors aren’t a bad thing; the more they come back the more likely they are to reach out to you. But if you’re trying to grow and increase business, you want more new visitors checking you out.

When visitors are on your site, how many pages are they visiting? On average, a browsing visitor will click through two to three pages to get an understanding of the company. Is your website organized in a way that allows visitors to get their needed information quickly and in a user-friendly manner? Also look at how long they spend on your site. Ideally, you want to see averages of at least two minutes. Believe it or not, this is a long time in the world of websites. It typically means they are staying long enough to learn who you are and what you do.

Traffic Sources
This is exactly what it sounds like, a list of sources sending traffic to your website. In your traffic overview, one of the sources is “Direct.” This means that someone manually typed in your web address that was found on a mailer, brochure, business card, etc. “Referral” traffic is when your site is linked from another location like other websites, email signatures, etc. “Search” traffic is when your site was clicked after coming up in an Internet search. While all traffic to your site is good, having a higher search traffic percentage is best as it illustrates you are making it easy for people to find you. Pay attention to the keywords section of the page. These are the terms people are typing into the search engine that lead them to your site. You can use this knowledge to better customize your messaging and tweak your content.

So if you dont already have Google Analytics setup to give you all these details, we strongly suggest you do so now. Pricing is below (remember its a once-off cost and there are NO ongoing monthly fees) so see what you require and then contact us.

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