Course Code: iga
In this lesson, you'll learn what Google Analytics is, what it does, and who benefits from its use—individuals with personal websites, businesses selling products and services, and nonprofit and informational websites working to get their message across. You'll look at the key reports that Google Analytics provides. Also, you'll find out how all those visits to your site turn into data you can use to increase traffic and to make the most impact on each visitor.
In this lesson, you'll set up a Google Analytics account and then create and insert the Google Analytics code to begin tracking traffic on your web page.
Did that marketing campaign or email blast cause an uptick in site sessions? If you set date ranges for your Analytics data, you can track traffic within a certain month, week, day, or even hour. You'll also use filters and sorting tools to customize your view of your Google Analytics data, so you can see and understand all the information you need (and ignore the rest).
You can use Google Analytics' reporting tools to create your own versions of existing reports—just the information you want, when you want it. In this lesson, you'll set up report categories and design custom reports from scratch.
Have you ever overhauled your website or your marketing campaign and then wondered if your changes would even make a difference? In this lesson, you'll further customize existing and new reports by adding filters—focusing your report's data on very specific activity by certain visitors to your site. You'll find out how to time your reporting to reflect changes in site traffic attributed to promotional activity, social media, and changes in site content.
This lesson focuses on Google Analytics' Webmaster Tools—from the verification process, through which Google Analytics recognizes your account as belonging to a webmaster, to configuring and viewing webmaster reports. These reports include information on your site's search engine optimization—tracking your efforts to be more friendly to search engines and therefore searchable by more people online.
Now that you've improved your site, why not promote it? It's time to learn how to set up web campaigns through Google AdWords. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how to track the impact of campaigns and AdWords advertising through specially created Google Analytics reports.
You know how important it is to set goals in your career, your education, and even your personal life. In this lesson, you'll find out how to develop Google Analytics Goals for building traffic to your website. What you learn in this lesson will help you increase site traffic and make that traffic more effective by attracting more visitors, keeping them for longer periods, and turning visits into clicks and other actions.
Google Analytics data is immediate, and in this lesson, you'll learn exactly what that means. You'll view data in real time, within seconds of when user activity occurs. You'll also learn about intelligence events and set up custom alerts to find out about special activity on your sites. Lesson 9 shows you how to improve website traffic and see user responses to your website content and marketing efforts.
It's time to build a dashboard to create a workspace for running reports, accessing Analytics data, and making Google Analytics feel more like "home." You can add metrics to measure your most important statistics; widgets to provide quick views; and pie charts, timelines, and tables to customize your dashboard view.
In this lesson, you'll delve into the Admin interface. You'll learn to view established Google Analytics accounts, properties, and views and find out how to add users and determine their roles within your Google Analytics accounts. You'll also find out more about Webmaster Tools, which help you improve your site's searchability and attract new and returning users.
Now that you're an Analytics expert, it's time to share some of that data you've collected and some of the configurations you've created. In this lesson, you'll learn how to email reports to colleagues and export data for use in other applications. You'll also customize the settings that control the sharing of Analytics reports and data.
Laurie Ulrich has been writing about and teaching people to use Microsoft Office for more than 20 years—including personally training thousands of students, writing hundreds of training manuals, and authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books on subjects including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. Her books include 2000-page epics that document every button, bell, and whistle, as well as friendlier introductory and troubleshooting books for new users. Her most recent publication on Microsoft Access is Access 2016 for Dummies. In addition to writing and teaching, Laurie runs her own firm, Limehat & Company, providing training, marketing, graphic design, and web development services to clients throughout the world, with a focus on helping growing companies and non-profit organizations build their brand through effective promotions, outreach, and education.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access expires.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
I have enjoyed your lessons tremendously, and have gained a lot of insight towards the workings of the analytics. Thank you so much"
Laurie, thank you for this wonderful and informative class! You continue to be such a valuable instructor and present complicated material in an understandable format."
I cannot believe what really great information about our website I am getting from this class. It's really eye opening. Now I need to figure out how to use it all!"
I love the course, the challenges, the satisfaction of finally figuring out a task, and the light-hearted way that you write the lessons, Laurie, so that I feel I'm in class with you."
This was an excellent course. It was very useful, informative, and had a great use of images. I learned a lot and had fun doing it."
I just wanted to thank you for your time and expertise. I've been able to discover some really valuable information about my online digital portfolio and who's viewing it and from where. That's very helpful as I search for a new job."