Many of us browse through our website statistics and find the results interesting. We may even murmur an “mm” of appreciation or “oh” of surprise. But what concrete conclusions can you draw from the number of visitors? Or how can you effectively optimize your website based on what you see?
In this post, we take a closer look at the traffic stats you can quickly view on your website, and how to avoid some common misinterpretations.
Checking website stats: what tools to use?
If you have a Jimdo website, you can get a quick and easy overview of important website metrics in your Dashboard. (Here’s more on how to activate Statistics in our Help Center). These statistics will tell you:
- Visits: The number of visits or sessions to your website (including repeat visits).
- Visitors: Your total number of visitors, or users.
- Engagement Rate: The percentage of visitors who click on more than one page of your site. A higher rate indicates that they’re more interested in your content. A low rate means many visitors are “bouncing”—visiting one page and then leaving right away.
- Traffic Sources: Also known as “referrals,” this is where your website traffic comes from.
- Top performing pages: A breakdown of which pages on your website get the most traffic.
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If you would like to dig deeper into the data, it’s time to connect Google Analytics to your Jimdo website. Google Analytics helps you learn more about traffic sources and trends, and also get more information about your visitors.
The learning curve is a bit steep at first, but it’s worth taking a look for the treasure trove of insights you can get. Here’s more on how to get started with Google Analytics.
How to check website visitors
You can find your total number of website visitors in Jimdo Statistics. Depending on the length of time you choose, you can also see how your visitor numbers change over time.
Tip: Your number of visits will likely be higher than the number of visitors, because some people will visit your website more than once.
Visitors are a clear indicator of the success of your website. A high (or growing) number of visitors suggests that the content of your website is working well and that your marketing efforts are bringing in new people. You might also notice seasonal dips and peaks throughout the year. That’s normal. Recognizing a pattern can help you plan events like holiday sales and advertising campaigns.
Track your website visitors over time and see how your traffic changes.
In short: More visitors mean more potential customers, readers, or prospects. So if you manage to increase your traffic in a certain amount of time, you’ve turned on the right screws with relevant content, SEO, or great marketing.
Good to know: Lots of people want to know how many visitors to a website is “good.” But despite the simple calculation of “more visitors = more success” you can’t always compare different websites. A niche website that caters to a very specific audience might measure success in other ways than a well-known travel blog. If you have a smaller audience, your number of visitors per month doesn’t have to be four digits. Attracting the right visitors is something that you’ll work on through marketing, keyword research, and SEO.
Finding out traffic sources
Traffic sources tell you where your website visitors come from. . Organic traffic is from search engines (Google, Bing, etc.) Referral traffic means another website has provided a link to your site and people are clicking on it.
Traffic sources tell you where your website visitors come from.
Your sources show where you’re getting good publicity and where there’s still potential. For example, if you get a lot of visitors from search engines, your SEO is probably working well. If Google isn’t sending you much traffic at all, this is an area to focus some attention.
You’ll also see which social media platforms are sending you the most traffic, Facebook, Instagram, etc. This is an important piece of information when setting up and optimizing your social profiles and deciding where to focus your time.
Direct traffic is made up of users who typed your URL directly into their browser’s search bar. For example, if you handed out flyers at a local event, you’ll be able to tell how many people saw your URL on the leaflet and typed it right into their browser.
In short: Traffic sources are a valuable piece of information. By knowing how and where users have found your site, you will find out where there’s potential for optimization.
Good to know: It’s important that the sources of traffic you tap into match your target group and your project. For example, if you sell baby toys, a parenting website or blog could be a great source of traffic. Doing outreach to referrer sites is a good way to promote your business.
How to find out competitors’ website traffic
So far we’ve focused on your own website traffic, but what about your competition? If you’re curious how your traffic compares to a competitor’s, there are some tools out there that can give you a glimpse. SimilarWeb and SEMRush, for example, will give you monthly traffic data and keyword information from websites similar to yours. Data is limited in the free versions, but it’s a good place to start. If you want to go further, you’ll likely need to upgrade to a paid tool. But there are still lots of free ways you can analyze your competitors’ website.
How do you measure the success of a website?
Like we said above, there’s no magic number for what is considered good website traffic. But taken together, the numbers can give you a picture of how you’re reaching your goals, especially over time.
- Are visits increasing over time?
- Are your referrals increasing from the channels you target? For example if you’re spending a lot of time on Facebook but not getting traffic to your website from Facebook, then it’s not working so well for you.
- Are visitors engaged in your content? Do they visit more than one page, or do they take a quick look and then leave right away? Your popular pages, the time people spend on your site, and your engagement rate are all data points that tell you how useful and relevant your site is to visitors. You can take a deep dive into these numbers in Google Analytics, or keep tabs on it by looking at your Engagement Rate in Jimdo.
If you’re just starting out, you won’t expect to see major changes in your traffic right away. But keep an eye on the numbers. Watching your stats improve over time is a really satisfying way to track the success of your website!