So, before getting lost in the sauce in the various metrics, it’s important you understand that your business goals are unique to you, so the way you measure your goals should reflect that. From there, the next steps are to get a better grasp of what quality traffic means for your website, and then evaluate how users engage with your content.
To get a better understanding of what’s considered “quality traffic”, we’ll look into various Google Analytics metrics that will help you create a rock solid SEO strategy.
Why does quality of traffic matter for SEO success?
At the end of the day, quality traffic is what accelerates business success, especially for post-publishing optimization.
For example, let’s assume your blog has 200 visitors per month with a conversion rate of 1%, generating two leads. By improving the quality of your traffic, your conversion rate and number of leads will also increase:
It’s become crystal clear that the way that consumers interact with your website contributes to your business growth.
How do you measure the quality of your organic traffic in Google Analytics?
We can go on and on about Google Analytics, but today we’re specifically looking at traffic quality. Here are the top metrics to keep an eye on:
Engagement metrics: time on site, pages per session, exit rate
Conversion metrics: conversion rate, form submissions, other goal completions,
Relevance metrics: bounce rate, user geo-location, new and returning visitors
Time on site
The time on site is the measurement a user spends on a site, regardless of whether it’s being used or not. For instance, let’s say a user has multiple tabs open but isn’t necessarily using all of them at once — Google Analytics still counts the time the tabs were open.
In fact, Google counts sessions up to 30 minutes without a visitor clicking on other pages. But once the timestamp hits 30 minutes, that session will be counted as a bounce. Knowing this, it’s clear that not every user who lands on your site is highly engaged.
Generally speaking, the more time a user spends on your site the better. This indicates that your SEO strategy has defined content that is worth their while. Furthermore, the way you have structured your site not only helps them find the information they need, but they also read more about other topics or services that you might be offering.
A good time on site indicates:
Good site architecture
Proper internal linking
Great UX design
High-quality traffic that’s interested in your products and services
To set efficient goals, you could measure time on site together with the next metric, pages per session.
Here’s a sample goal:
Users who spend an average of four minutes on your site, and at least two pages per session are more likely to be engaged with your content.
To find this metric, click audience (on the left side) > overview (underneath) > under overview, click average session duration.