This Post Specially Written for Church Leader to connect them with SEO. Google is main door to drive traffic from all over the world. Online Visitors Search on Google to find Church and organization solution providers’ website. One time Attention and long-time Attractions on your Church and Organization.
One of the most important features that you can utilize in Google Analytics is analyzing the traffic sources. If you look on the left hand side you can open this page and in the middle of the page you will see a pie graph that looks similar to the one above. People always want to know or at least should know how people find their website and thanks to Google Analytics you can easily know this information.
To quickly clarify all of these numbers/names, let me highlight each of them here:
1) Search Traffic- this is the number/percentage of people who arrive at your site due to searching in Google, Yahoo, Bing, or another search engines. Below the graph you can see a list of the top 10 keyword terms that lead people to your site.
2) Referral Traffic- these are the websites/locations that people are clicking on a link that leads them to your website. You can click on the link that says "Sources" below the graph under Referral Traffic to see this list. It can be very valuable to see what leads people to your website/how they are finding you online.
3) Direct Traffic- these are the people that are typing in your domain name in their URL bar and going directly to your site. This is often a good reference as to how well you are promoting your domain name both among your congregation and in your community.
4) Campaigns- this refers to any traffic that might have come to your site due to a Google Adwords campaign. If you run Google Adwords campaigns you should see a high number here and if not you should see little to no traffic from these.
People always want to know or at least should know how people find their website. Almost always people assume that 90% of their traffic is from people directly typing in their domain and are shocked when they find how many people find the site due to search engines (Google specifically). You can actually dig into these numbers much deeper finding out from each external website how long people stayed on the site, how many pages they viewed, etc. It really is fascinating, but we'll stay focused on the basics of the feature for now.
Knowing your traffic sources and what people are searching for can be very valuable as you think about who is coming to your site and how effectively you promote the site externally. These numbers can give you a great indication to both how effectively optimized your website is to search engines as well as how well you are promoting your website both through Social Media (referral traffic) and domain promotion (direct traffic).
Please comment to share any thoughts or questions that you might have about the Traffic Sources functionality of Google Analytics.
You likely have heard of domain forwarding where you purchase a domain and have it forward to a different domain. You might not have heard about domain forwarding with masking. What this means is when you forward someone to a different domain/URL, it continues to display the domain they typed into their URL address bar once they are on the site rather than the actual URL.
The need for this came about for Online Church when our Media Social channel URL is http://live.mediasocial.tv/cbc. It's not a bad URL, but it wasn't easy for people to remember so we purchased a domain (first http://mycbconline.com and now http://onlinechurch.com) and forwarded that domain to our Media Social channel URL. It worked for the most part, but I would hear from people that they thought they somehow went to the wrong site because the URL completely changed. That's when we found out about domain forwarding with masking.
Now, when people type in the URL http://OnlineChurch.com it forwards them to http://live.mediasocial.tv/cbc, but their URL address bar still displays OnlineChurch.com.
So, that's why we did it, but for those who have asked the questions about how we did it; here is the step by step process as to how we setup this functionality through GoDaddy:
- Purchase the domain at http://GoDaddy.com
- Click on My Account and then Launch the Domains tab
- Choose the domain you want to forward and then choose option "Manage" next to "Forwarding"
- Choose Advanced Options and "Forward with Masking"
- Fill in the information: URL to forward to, Title (will show up at top of browser window), Description (will display in search results), and Keywords (will help with SEO)
Save these results and you're all set and should be in effect immediately.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this functionality and how you are using it. I would also be interested to hear any reasons as to why someone shouldn't use this functionality as well. Please comment with any questions that you might have about domain forwarding with masking.
So I've talked about this recently, but the more I dig into the Standard Theme the more I love it! I'm in no way an expert when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but I do know how important it is. Take a look at traffic that comes to this blog:
Curious what color represents what traffic source?
Here's the answer:
Blue- Direct (people that type in http://nilssmith.com)
Yellow- Facebook mobile
Honestly, I'm surprised to see how little traffic comes from Twitter, but that's not what this post is about. 22% of the traffic would not be visiting this site if it weren't for the Search Engine Optimization that Standard Theme built into this Wordpress theme. My guess would be that many of the direct links likely found NilsSmith.com via Google as well.
Check out this feature below the Standard Theme built into the template allowing writers to add a Meta Description to each post:
This seems like a small thing, but I'm telling you this meta description is key to people finding you online. If you want a blog just for friends and family, SEO isn't important. If you're looking for a platform to grow and reach people all over the world, SEO features such as this are critical!
I really don't share this info though to make a buck. I honestly love the Standard Theme and think you would too!
It has now been over 2 years since I first launched NilsSmith.com and one of the best decisions I made was choosing the Standard Theme. Honestly, I knew little about Wordpress at the time and I chose it because others I respected were using it (Michael Hyatt, Tony Morgan, and John Saddington). While I wasn't educated at the time, I know much more now and do not regret the decision for a second.
There are dozens or probably hundreds of reasons to love the Standard Theme, but here are my top 5:
1) It's Simple. It is easy to setup, easy to use, and has a simple and clean look. Standard Theme offers a simple structure for any beginner with a complex backend with plenty of customizations if that is what you're interested in.
2) SEO Optimization. I continue to learn how important Search Engine Optimization is when it comes to any web presence. With Standard Theme's SEO Optimization I have found that over half of my traffic comes from Google Search.
3) Support/Forums. When I don't know what to do I go straight to the Forums and have always gotten immediate response either from other Standard Theme users or the Standard Theme team. The support has been phenomenal for a product that is so inexpensive!
4) Lifetime Upgrades. I just upgraded to Standard Theme 3 and it didn't cost me a penny! My blog just got a lot better at no cost an minimal effort. If you go Standard pay the extra for the Lifetime Upgrades, it's worth it!
5) It's Popular. I continue to watch the trends and love that so many other people use Standard Theme. I enjoy seeing their customizations and unique ways that they maximize the theme.
Are you a Standard Theme user? What features do you really like or maybe dislike? If you use a different theme I would love to hear your thoughts on that theme and what features are important to you.