Why do platforms like Google Search, YouTube, and Google+ continue to grow their active user base? To me, the answer is simple: they all provide a good user experience.
Google provides users and digital marketers with a plethora of useful Google tools and resources to help us get the most out of each platform. As digital marketers we can utilize these tools and resources to help us maximize the success of our online marketing campaigns.
1. Google Trends.
Solutions, products and services all evolve, and so do the searches people use to find them. Google Trends is a fantastic free tool that provides insight into the search trends for keywords and search phrases. This robust tool also creates a list of related hot searches, rising terms, and the regional interest for your keywords. Digital marketers can utilize this tool to assist them with keyword research.
This handy tool is a quick way to get a preview for the structured data Google can extract from the webpage you’re testing. The tool provides examples for specific types of schemas which can be a great resource for digital marketers new to microdata. As the use and implementation of Google’s authorship continues to rise, this tool is the standard for discovering if author and publisher markup is verified on a webpage.
This incredibly easy-to-use tool will allow you to quickly markup content and provide the HTML tags and attributes to add to your website’s pages. As we continue to move deeper in the semantic web, proper page markup will be a key element in helping search engines understand the content on a webpage and will also change the way information is presented in Google’s results pages.
Similar to other free URL shorteners, Google’s version works great for taking long URLs and making them shorter and easier to share. Google’s version also provides a QR code, click analytics, and referrer and browser data which is great for measuring the activity of the content you share.
This handy tool is for anyone not proficient in RegEx (regular expression) who needs to filter a range of IP addresses in a Google Analytics profile. It’s easy to use – simply enter the first and last IP addresses in a range and click the “Generate RegEx” button. The tool spits out a RegEx string which can then be added to a filter in Google Analytics.
6. URL Builder
This free tool is great for segmenting traffic in Google Analytics by tagging URLs with campaign variables. Use this tool to understand which campaigns, sources, and mediums provide the most valuable traffic.
7. Webmaster Tools.
This robust tool provides detailed reports on how Googlebot is crawling and indexing a website and is essential for any webmaster looking to improve their websites’ performance and visibility in Google’s organic search results.
This free clickstream analysis tool shows you how visitors are interacting with your website and measures the performance of your campaigns. The tool continuously updates to provide users and webmasters with valuable visitor data and insights, which is why it is installed on over 10 million websites.
9. YouTube Analytics.
This free tool provides video marketers with actionable insights to help them uncover trends, metrics, traffic sources, and viewer demographics. With video marketing increasingly being recognized as a viable traffic and lead generation content format, understanding your videos’ performance is a must for any digital marketer.
10. Author Stats
Access your Author stats in your personal Webmaster Tools account under Labs > Author stats. This awesome tool provides you with the organic search data for content for which you are the verified author. These stats are similar to the organic search data that you’d see in the Webmaster Tools “Search Queries” report which includes impressions, clicks, click-through-rate, and average ranking position.
In your Author stats account, you’ll likely see all content that you’ve successfully implemented authorship markup on and for posts that you’ve shared on Google+. I’ve also seen YouTube videos appear in my Author stats that have been uploaded and made public on my personal, verified channel.
I’ve only scratched the surface of the free tools and resources offered by Google here to assist digital marketers in gathering actionable insights and improving online campaigns. For additional tools not mentioned in this post, I’d recommend checking out Denise Lu’s article on 14 Google Tools You Didn’t Know Existed.
Are there any Google tools I failed to mention? If so, feel free to leave a comment with any I’ve missed.
Guest Author: Brian Jensen is a Director of Traffic Acquisition for SEO.com and has a passion for marketing, music and the outdoors. Follow him on Google+
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