Set up site search
The previous goals I set up (tracking clicks to another site) didn’t show up in Google Analytics.
I wanted to find out information about my users, and quickly. Through my google searches, I discovered some valuable data you can store up for down the road is Site Search. This is for any website with a search box on it, like the search box at the top of the My Blog.
- First, run a search on your website. Then keep the tab open. You will need the URL momentarily.
- Scroll down until you see Site Settings and toggle it to On.
- Look back at your URL for your search results. Enter the query parameter (usually s or q) and click Save. On my site, for example, the query parameter is s.
- This will allow Google Analytics to track any searches made on your website so you can learn more about what your visitors are looking for on specific pages.
Go to your Google Analytics Admin menu again, and in the View column, click on View Settings.
I am excited to see if anyone uses my search box and find out what people are searching for!