I’ve been playing around with Google Analytics’ goals recently and I don’t quite get how they work. They sound easy enough, but yet, they are very confusing.
For example, when you add your goal, it says e.g. http://www.mysite.com/thankyou.html. But on the ‘My site’s pages are dynamically generated. How do I set up funnels and goals?’ page it shows www.example.com/checkout.cgi?page=1 (no http://) and on the expressions page it shows www\.google\.com.
So which is it?
Also, on the expressions page there are 11 expressions available. However none of them have a very good examples or explanations. I guess if I were a hardcore programmer these would make more sense. But what about for the more average person?
So here are my questions.
- What is the correct way of putting in a url?
- What is the correct way of tracking a URL that includes a session ID or other variable on the end that always changes?
- How do you track a URL that can change in the middle.
Example: http://www.mysite.com/14/email/ where 14 could be any number.
- With funnels, how can I track anyone who enters the store from the iPod page and completes an order when I have no idea how many products they will look at in-between?
- How can I track if someone comes from Sams site to mine and fills out a form or orders a product?
I’m sure Google Analytics goals can do all this, but the documentation is very vague or over my head. I understand how to track a basic page, but funnels and dynamic pages confuse me. If you know of a good tutorial, that’s not to technical, I’d love to read it.