7 Google Analytics metrics everyone should monitor

Here are ways to sift through the raw numbers and find meaningful information about how well your online content is doing.

I don’t have to tell you just how central a role Google Analytics should play in your day-to-day activities, but if you’re just starting out, all those metrics can be overwhelming. So let’s dissect some basic information for you.

To get a deep sense of just what Google Analytics can do, I recommend this thorough guide to Google Analytics from Simply Business, which approaches the main issues from various angles.

Once you are acquainted, here are our top seven Google Analytics metrics to watch:

1. Bounce rate

Put simply, bounce rate is when a user visits only one page on your site before heading to another site altogether, i.e., “bouncing” off your site.

However, marketers and site owners alike often misinterpret the reason behind a bounce. Although a bounce might mean that a user isn’t finding the information or products he or she had hoped for, it’s often an indication of a poorly optimized landing page that lacks clear calls to action.

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