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Megalytic Introduces Bing Ads Integration

Published August 8, 2018
If you do paid search engine marketing, you know that Google Ads isn't the only game in town. With Bing Ads, you can expand your audience with lower CPCs and higher conversion rates than Google. And Megalytic can now support your reporting needs because we've introduced an integration with Bing Ads.
 
You can now put together comprehensive search engine marketing (SEM) reports that include data from both Google Ads and Bing Ads. And, in fact, our Bing Ads widgets work in much the same way as our Google Ads widgets. You can drag and drop Bing Ads widgets into a report and customize them to meet your needs.
 
In this post, we take a look at the new Bing Campaigns widget and show how you can start using it in your reports. 

Duplicate Content and SEO

Published June 29, 2018
With the rapid pace that digital marketing changes it’s easy to understand why there are so many topics that can create confusion for marketers and website owners. We are all a little guilty of being excited and distracted by the latest shiniest tool, concept or trend in our space. But despite the prevailing enthusiasm and interest in the new and shiny, we often fail to develop a deep and nuanced familiarity with the “next big thing”. In many cases, we buy into the “why” before we ever really learn the “what” or the “how”. Such is the nature of digital marketing. You always have to stay on your toes.
 
However, duplicate content is a topic that should be well understood by now but, as it stands, it is more often a cause of confusion and a point of debate even among the most seasoned of veterans. The confusion around this topic is due in no small part to misguided, yet frequently shared, myths and basic misunderstandings. These misunderstandings result in poor strategies, wasted efforts, and little to no ROI.
 
But we’re here to clear things up. In this post, we’ll review pretty much everything you need to know regarding duplicate content and how it impacts SEO. 

The Great Megalytic Scavenger Hunt

Published May 24, 2018
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it probably means you spend a lot of your time searching for unique and specific insights among a sea of data and advice. In your normal day to day life, finding answers can feel a bit like a scavenger hunt.
 
Well, because today is National Scavenger Hunt Day, we’ve decided to take it to the next level. This is the annual day dedicated to accomplishing tasks and collecting miscellaneous items for the pure thrill of the hunt. To get in on the game, we’re happy to announce the Great Megalytic Scavenger Hunt of 2018.
 
We’ve created a list of 18 questions and quests across 4 different categories, for you to track down! You’ll need an email account, something to take screenshots with, and your sharpest wits.
This post and this scavenger hunt are all about you, our readers. We hope you enjoy our regular posts and our tools, but today let’s play a game. Maybe this exercise will help introduce you to sections of the website or aspects of your account you might not be as familiar with.
But above all, we want you to have fun. To sweeten the deal, we will award a prize to the first submission that correctly responds to all 18 items.
 
To Enter: Send your responses to scavengerhunt@megalytic.com by Midnight on May 31st.
The Prize: The winner will receive 6 months FREE Megalytic Premium Subscription ($1,200 value).
Ready? Let’s get scavenging!!!

Megalytic Adds Charts to the CSV Widget

Published April 16, 2018
Megalytic has announced the addition of charting capabilities for our CSV Widget.
 

 
 

Tracking and Reporting on Email Campaigns

Published April 10, 2018
Email campaigns are one of the oldest forms of digital marketing. They predate Facebook, they predate Google - heck, email predates the World Wide Web.
 
As a digital channel with relatively low costs and a high potential for ROI, email campaigns are not going away anytime soon. Even though most of us are well acquainted with how email works there can still be an initial learning curve when it comes to using it as a marketing tool. In this post, we’ll cover the basic ins and outs of tracking and reporting on email marketing efforts.


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When the client first came to you, you talked up the value of Google Analytics. You emphasized the importance of seeing where your traffic was coming from. You went on and on about how Google Analytics can show traffic sources to pinpoint whether people came from search, social media or a specific site referral, and how valuable this data was. You sold them on it, so much so that your client looked forward to receiving that first report, the magical day when they would finally understand where visitors were coming from.
But then the report came, and it looked like this:

 

 

It showed that 10% of your client’s traffic came from “(direct)/(none)”. What does this label mean? How do you explain Direct traffic to your client? Better yet, how do you explain “none”?
Let’s take a closer look at understanding Direct traffic in Google Analytics and how we can address it with clients.
Remember how your mom told you not to stand too close to the television because it might hurt your eyes?

The same rules can apply to data. If you’re too close, you may miss the patterns and trends that are crucial to understanding your website’s performance. You can’t judge a site’s performance looking at data in the bubble of a single day, you must consider any day’s traffic compared to the days before and after.

Google Analytics makes it fairly easy to analyze trends over long periods of time. But it also allows you to stand right in front of that TV, to look at more granular levels of time, right down to the hour.
There’s a better way to get that close to the data, without burning your retinas. We’ll cover how to analyze traffic effectively in today’s post.
Digital marketers spend a lot of time focused on PPC and SEO campaigns in order to drive desirable traffic to a website. The phrases we’re ranking for and bidding on get meticulous attention, so much so that we often forget about some of the other ways that visitors find us.

We put a tremendous amount of the effort we put into reviewing organic search data and PPC campaign performance in analytics. But how closely do we monitor referral reports?

If that’s not a channel you review regularly, you may be missing out on seeing traffic that is coming directly from links you’ve obtained around the web, local business listings, news mentions, and more. Many times, links are only considered as a means to an end, a metric that Google uses in determining how to rank sites in the SERPs (search engine results pages). But the fact is, many of a site’s links may be directly contributing to its traffic.

In this article, we’ll review how to look at referral reports in Google Analytics, and some of the many ways to use that data to better inform your web marketing decisions.