Here’s a question that we’ve heard a few times: Do you have a way of evaluating links and their effectiveness compared to their cost / effort needed to acquire them? Short answer: No. There’s no reliable, proven metric for determining the value of an individual link. This is by design, as search engines don’t want…

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Previously, we talked about the differences between Google Analytics users, sessions, and pageviews. Now, we’d like to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to determine your website’s traffic sources. Of all the data stored in Google Analytics, traffic source data is perhaps the most valueable.

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Calculating Parts Ecommerce Website ROI

The first step to maximizing the return on investment (ROI) of your web site is to look at how the site is being used. Analytics software is the tool for learning exactly how your web site is being used by your visitors. An analytics package can tell you:

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PPC advertising

A department store owner named John Wanamaker once said “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” John uttered this statement sometime in the 19th century, and despite more than 100 years of innovation and technology in the advertising business, we still don’t have a great…

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An auto part and accessory retailer's guide to web analytics and tracking

The importance of tracking and web analytics is well understood. However, despite the consensus, a lot of online parts retailers aren’t tracking what they should be. From neglecting call tracking and campaign-specific URLs to failing to use Google Analytics to it’s full potential, there’s a lot that could be done to improve tracking on your average auto parts website.…

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