analyticsIf you’re running a real estate blog as a part of your lead generation efforts, there’s some key statistics that you really need to understand:

  1. Visitor Demographics,
  2. Top Landing Pages,
  3. Conversions

Understanding some of these key statistics will give you a better understanding of what consumers are doing on your site, how they’re interacting with your content (if at all), and what you need to do to improve your content to reach more people.

Let’s take a look…

Visitor Demographics: 

In Google Analytics, in addition to seeing an overview of your over-all site traffic, you can access information about your visitor demographics. Here’s what it looks like:

Google Analytics - Visitor Demographics

Where this type of data becomes useful, is it gives you an understanding of who’s visiting your website. More specifically, from which locations.

This is useful because it tells you whether you’re attracting the right demographic or not.

Is anyone local reading your blog? Yes or no? Then, what can you do to improve that.

Are potential out-of-town buyers reading your blog? How can you write content that’s better tailored for them?

Top Landing Pages: 

If you log into your Google Analytics, click on “Content” – then, click on “Landing Pages.” This will show you what some of your most-trafficked pages are. In other words, these are some of the top pages people are landing on when they search.

In addition however, Google will also show you the bounce rate for some of these pages. In other words, how long are people staying on these pages before click off and away from your site. If that number is high, it might mean readers aren’t finding your content very relevant to their search so you need to work on improving that.

Conversions: 

How much of your site traffic are you converting? In this case, rather than look at basic email subscribers, let’s look at this from your IDX registrations standpoint.

To understand this number, first you need to set up your analytics and set some “Goals.” Here’s a set of instructions for how to do this with Google Analytics and dsSearchAgent…

1. Add a new account in Google Analytics for the URL “http://idx.diversesolutions.com”.

2. Copy your “Tracking ID” code.

3. Log into your dsControlPanel. Hover over IDX Products and click on “Options.”

4. Click on the “Search Options” tab.

5. Then, paste your Tracking ID in the box labeled “Google Analytics Web Property ID”.

6. Check the box that’s labeled “Track Google Analytics in Website” if you also use Google Analytics for your normal website tracking. Otherwise, leave this un-checked.

7. Click on “Save Changes” and you’re all set to go!

The next thing you’ll want to do is set up some Goals to track conversion metrics. You can set up goals for things like the following:

* /IDX/Send Contact Form
* /IDX/Email a Friend
* /IDX/Search – Zillow
* /IDX/Search
* /IDX/View Property Details – Zillow
* /IDX/Visitor Registration
* /IDX/Abort Visitor Registration
* /IDX/Visitor Login

How do you set up Goal URL’s in your Google Analytics Account?

1. Login to Google Analytics Account.

2. Click “Analytic Settings” in the orange at the top left.

3. Find the domain name.

4. Click “edit” on the far right.

5. Click “Add Goal” to the right of “Goals (Set 1)”.

6. Enter a “Goal Name”. This should reflect the purpose of the goal. So, for example, if you are using the goal URL, /IDX/Visitor Registration (which means someone has registered on the IDX) you might want to enter a name such as, “IDX Registration Complete”.

7. Leave “Active Goal” as “On”.

8. Goal Position: If you are adding more than one goal, be sure to change this to “Set 1, Goal 2” etc. as you add more goals in the set. If it’s your first goal in the set leave it as-is. You are able to add 5 goals per set.

9. Goal Type: URL Destination.

10. Match Type: Exact Match.

11. Goal URL: in this section, you will enter one of the goal URL’s that we have set up for you to use. Again, those include:

* /IDX/Send Contact Form
* /IDX/Email a Friend
* /IDX/Search – Zillow
* /IDX/Search
* /IDX/View Property Details – Zillow
* /IDX/Visitor Registration
* /IDX/Abort Visitor Registration
* /IDX/Visitor Login

12. Leave everything else as-is.

13. Save your Goal.

14. Once all your goals are set you can begin testing. Keep in mind that this MAY NOT start to work for up to 24 hours. So, you may want to reserve your testing for the following day.

Once you’ve set all of this up, you’re ready to start tracking!

What other metrics are you tracking? What are you using for analytics?