At my last company our small marketing team struggled to identify the real impact our company blog was having on business. A seemingly simple task is often complicated by the fact that today most companies host their blog inside their corporate website ala https:pardot.com/blog. This makes reporting and isolating only the blog visitor metrics more challenging. The key to un-cloaking your company blog-only metrics might be creating a Custom Segment in Google Analytics to focus on traffic coming through your company blog.
I've spent the past week researching the best way to segment your blog metrics and create a Google Analytics dashboard to give a baseline of your company blog's value. This post will walk through segmenting your website traffic and importing my company blog dashboard template into your Google Analytics account. If you'd like a full run-down of why and what these metrics are check out my post on the Pardot blog: How to Track Key Blog Metrics!
This walkthrough assumes you have Google Analytics installed on your company website.
Let the uncloaking begin.
Importing the Company Blog Dashboard Template
To get started, import my Google Analytics Company Blog Dashboard into your account. You can do this by clicking the button below:
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Assuming that you are logged into company Google Analytics account you should land at a page that looks similar to my screenshot, prompting you for a name, name it Company Blog Dashboard. You will also need to choose the website data from which to pull, choose the View most appropriate for your website.
After clicking the Create button you will see a number of widgets showing data from your entire website. However interesting and impressive we want to limit this dashboard to only show data corresponding to our company blog so we must now create a custom segment, read on!
Creating a Custom Blog Users Segment
To create a custom Blog Users Segment
- Click on the light grey Add Segment text in the top middle of your dashboard
- Click the red New Segment button
- Select Conditions from the left-side list of options
- Name your Segment and create a filter as shown in the screenshot below:
- Name your segment Blog Users Segment
- Choose Users
- Select Landing Page
- This is the path of to your blog. For me, the FeedOtter blog is located at /blog/ but this is typically what you would consider your blog's homepage minus your website's domain name.
- Click the blue Save button
The top of your Blog Dashboard should look similar to mine below... The new Blog User Segment will have replaced the All Users. If All Users is still there click the little "down arrow" and select "Remove". Now you are looking at only blog visitors!
Since no 2 websites are alike you may need to tweak some of the widgets to show the right data, here are a couple you might want to pay attention to:
- Which posts are most popular? - this is currently configured to only show posts from the /blog/ subdirectory of your website. If your blog is not located at /blog/ you will want to update the filter on this widget. Click the Pencil to edit, and change /blog/ to /youbloghomepath/
- Free trials created - I added this widget to demonstrate how you can link your blog traffic to Google Analytics Goals. For example, I have this setup to detect how many free trial sign-ups result from blog traffic.
What other metrics would you like to report on? Please comment and share your customizations and ideas on how to make this dashboard better.