Track Referrals and Conversions With Google Analytics

Want a better idea of how your site is performing? Here are some metrics to watch in Google Analytics.

May 14, 2014

No matter how new and shiny your company’s website is, it can’t be considered a success unless you have concrete evidence of how it contributes to lead conversion and completed transactions.

Here’s how using Google Analytics can help you transfer your knowledge of a successful sales campaign to that of your site’s performance. 

Who’s sending traffic your way?

You can’t know where your customers are going until you know where they’ve been. Google calls the sites that your web visitors came from “referrals.” The sites that send you visitors are in essence sending you potential clients. Google can also tell you if the leads those sites are sending are qualified in a way, by showing you the “bounce rate.” Low bounce rates mean higher levels of engagement. Where possible, reach out to referring sites by offering quality content or the possibility for increased partnership.  
[Find it in Google Analytics: Reporting > Acquisition > All Referrals.]

You should also pay attention to Google’s pie chart of where your traffic is coming from generally (search, social, other sites, and so on). Strive for a balance, so that a sudden change in search algorithms or Facebook won’t tank your traffic.  
[Find it in Google Analytics: Reporting > Acquisition > Channels.]

Are visitors doing what you want them to?

Google offers up its goals section as a way to measure how well your site gets visitors to do what you want them to. Let’s say your main objective is to get them to fill out a contact form. You can do this by setting up a “destination” type goal within Google.
 [Find it in Google Analytics: Admin > View > Goals > Add Goal.]

Meg White

Meg White is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.