Having spent time improving your SEO, building natural links and
optimising on site elements then I bet you cannot wait to see the
results. If you’re anything like most people (including yours truly),
you’d look at traffic to your site as an indication of how well you’ve
done. Although the end result is higher numbers of visitors to your
site due to better ranking, it might be while before your ranking will improve.

On the other hand by using Google
Analytics it’s easier to see short term improvement in your SEO by
extracting hidden data gems so it’s really a question of knowing where
to look. Here are four tips…

1. See
improvement in total number of indexed pages
. Other then getting your
existing index pages higher up the ranking chain, you should also aim
at getting more pages, especially product pages indexed. To see how
well you’re doing at getting more indexed pages we’ll analyse the total
number of unique pages that received at least one non paid visitor. The basis
for this, is if the page is indexed it will get at least one visitor.

Step 1 – Head to ‘All Traffic Sources’ in Google Analytics under ‘Traffic Sources’.

Step 2 – Open the drop down window under ‘Show’ and select ‘Medium’:

Step 3 – Click on ‘Organic’ medium and under the ‘Dimension’ drop down select ‘Landing Pages’:

Step
4
– Result! Just look at the total number of unique landing pages which
drove traffic to your site (50,791 landing pages below) and pick another date before starting your
SEO work to compare this number:

2. See improvement in the total number of
keywords you’re ranking for.
Another important goal which ties in
nicely with the above improvement is seeing more keywords in Google
Analytics driving your traffic. You might want to exclude brand
keywords and report on those separately.

Step 1 – Head to
‘Organic’ traffic medium as illustrated in step 3 from before and under
the ‘Dimension’ drop down select ‘Keyword’:

Step 2 – Result! Just
look at the total number of unique keywords which drove traffic to your
site (174,864 keywords below) and pick another date before starting your SEO work to compare this number:

3.
See improvement in the total number of web properties driving your
traffic
– Other websites linking to yours AND driving traffic are the
real indicator. While improvements in index pages and total keywords
are an indication of how well your efforts have translated, the total
number of ‘Refereeing Sites’ are a great prediction before these two
come into play.

Step 1
– Head to ‘All Traffic Sources’ in Google Analytics under ‘Traffic Sources’.

Step 2 – Click on ‘Referring Sites’ and look at the total number of sites on the right hand bottom corner:

Step
3 – Result! Just look at the total number and pick another date before starting your SEO work to
compare.

4. See improvement in Google Merchant traffic
– Google
Base (now Google Merchant) is a free service by Google allowing
websites to potentially list products within the search results. The
problem is, unless you tag or filter the traffic from Google Merchant
you won’t know how well you are doing as it will appear under ‘Organic’
traffic. To create a filter to highlight traffic from this organic
traffic source, follow these steps:

Step 1 – In your main Google
Analytics screen click on ‘Add Website Profile’ to create a new website
profile to apply this filter (always keep your original profile intact).

Step 2 – Choose ‘Add a Profile for an existing domain’ and name your new profile:

Step 3 – Under the ‘Action’ column click ‘Edit’ and head to ‘Add Filter’ to apply the filter:

Filter name: Google base
Filter type: Custom > Advance
Field A -> Extract A under ‘Referral’ type google.co.uk/products
Field B -> Extract B under ‘Campaign Medium’ type organic
Output To -> Constructor under ‘Campaign Source’ type google base
Field A Required Yes
Field B Required Yes
Override Output Field Yes
Case Sensitive No

Step 4- Result! Now under traffic sources you’ll see an organic traffic channel called ‘google base /organic’:

By using the four indications above you are able to predict how well your SEO is working out.

So, comparing a few dates, how well are you doing?