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7 Ways to Get Not Provided Keyword Data

May 20th, 2014 | Kristi Hines


The keyword (not provided) has been a thorn in the side of marketers everywhere since it began appearing in Google Analytics organic search data in 2011. And now that it is extending to advertiser data as well, it leaves a lot of people asking – how can we find out what keywords are really effective in our marketing strategy? While you'll no longer be able to connect the proverbial dots within Google Analytics using your keywords and conversions data, there are still some ways to find out. Read more »

Google Analytics not provided: you can still get vital data

October 9th, 2013 | Link-Assistant.Com



One of our users asked us the other day:

My Rank Tracker is reporting on fewer Visits for keywords that used to work really good for me previously. I assume it's related to Google Analytics not provided problem. Is there any way round this? How can still see if my keywords bring me traffic?

Ted, the Netherlands

That's a great question, Ted! Many SEOs are concerned, so we'll give a detailed reply here on our blog.

What it's all about

Two weeks ago, Google announced they'll encrypt even more users' searches.

The problem is basically the growing number of not provided data in Google Analytics:

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Missed SEO opportunities (Part 2): Run SEO Analysis like a Pro

September 25th, 2013 | Vitaly Gonkov



If your website is stuck at the bottom of search results, and you can't find the reason for its ranking stagnation, run a comprehensive analysis of your SEO strategies. It can be that your SEO techniques are missing on some essentially important components, which is holding back ranking growth.

In the first series we learnt how to run such analysis for small websites. This part will tell you how to find and fix SEO issues for sites of a large size.



From this post you will learn how to:

  • conveniently organize big amounts of SEO data;
  • run comprehensive SEO analysis of big websites;
  • research SEO data with the help of Excel;
  • spot underperforming pages and find out the reasons of their poor performance;
  • make the necessary adjustments to improve your current SEO strategies.

In a word, this guide will tell you how to run professional in-depth SEO analysis quickly and easily.

Ok, let it roll.

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How to segment your online and offline competitors brainy

April 25th, 2013 | Ksenia Dobreva


If you run business offline and online, it is very likely that your offline and online activities are integrated in a great measure. And I’m pretty sure that here you think: oh no, another Captain Obvious article!

But today I am speaking on a very slippery topic, which is not about emergence, or integration, or any other abstract marketing word.

Today I would like to point out some things regarding the confluence of offline and online competitor clusters and ways of analyzing them apart and altogether.

Case Study #1. Nike, or when your partners turn smarter than you

Imagine that you are a Marketing Specialist at Nike. In this case you are able to name your main competitors even if I wake you up in the middle of the night: Puma, Adidas, Reebok. Good!

I believe these brands have severe competition offline. But strong offline presence does not mean a strong online brand. So let us switch to the SERP and see the competition there.

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How to Measure if Your Press Releases Do The Job

September 21st, 2012 | Aleh Barysevich


Has it ever puzzled you  that your press release distribution service, no matter how reputable and pricey, won't deliver the results you expect? Or you do free PR distribution and keep wondering if your time and efforts are worth the aftermath.

PR effectiveness is the topic I covered in my recent guest post at  State of Search.

I think that to see if a press release was effective, we should state the list of PR goals first. Here's the pyramid that summarizes the most common goals for PR distribution:

In 5 Key Indicators to Measure your Press Release Effectiveness you'll find out that things worth looking at when assessing the PR distribution results include: Read more »

Three-Step Easy Strategy for Conversion-Focused Internal Link Building

May 7th, 2012 | Link-Assistant.Com


Looking for the best link building opportunities is every SEO's daily routine, especially after the recent Google update: webmasters need natural links from trusted and relevant websites as never before.

As you scavenge the web in search of great links, we'd also like to encourage you to broaden your perspective a bit ... and get the most out of links on your site.


Here's a simple strategy for smart (i.e. conversion-focused) internal link-building with WebSite Auditor we have put together for you: Read more »

Deeper Google Analytics Integration in SEO PowerSuite: Control Your SEO Traffic Effectively!

May 5th, 2012 | Link-Assistant.Com


With loads of new Google Analytics data now available in SEO PowerSuite, you're sure to convert your SEO into maximum traffic and payoff.

These new Google Analytics features are just what you need to easily access your site's traffic performance and push your SEO into the most traffic-productive direction:

With the deeper analysis of Google Analytics data in SEO PowerSuite you get more control over your SEO's actual goals (traffic and payoff) and always know:

1. How your traffic changes when rankings go up or down?
Piles of crucial keyword traffic data are now combined and visualized on easy-to-understand and eye-candy visits graphs.

2. What backlinks bring actual visitors to your site?
Now you make informed and sure-winning decisions on what link sources work best for your biz niche.

3. Which of your site's pages get the biggest number of views?
This lets you instantly spot your top landing pages to make sure they are perfectly user-friendly and convert well.

To get the new feature, all you need to do is restart your SEO PowerSuite tools to let them auto-update - or download them from the website.

Just jump over here to learn how the new Google Analytics features work and exploit these ample analysis data to propel the traffic output of your SEO campaign.

If you still don't have a SEO PowerSuite license, get one here.

Are Your Tweets Working? Here’s How to Find Out

March 20th, 2012 | Link-Assistant.Com


guest post by Jess Spate

The biggest and most common mistake people make when evaluating the success of Twitter activities is to rely on number of fans or number of followers as a key indicator.

When search professionals count links they know that it's quality that's important. Huge quantities of low value links do very little.

We should keep the same things in mind when evaluating social media activity.

Consider two Twitter accounts.

User A has 1000 Twitter followers. One of them, a popular tweeter with 3000 followers of their own, really likes what user A has to say and frequently retweets for them. Instead of reaching 100 people the message reaches 4000. Some of those might also retweet, spreading it even further.

On the other hand User B has 2500 Twitter followers, but most of them don't use the service regularly and the only regular retweeters have just a few followers each. A tweet from User B might be seen by 2000-3000 people.

Which account would you prefer? Read more »

Pros and Cons of the New Look Google Analytics

December 21st, 2011 | Link-Assistant.Com


guest post by Jess Spate

With the roll-out of Google's new analytics interface, there has been a lot of talk about the key features that make the new Version 5 more powerful than the last, but the road to full functionality rarely runs smooth. There are plenty of people in the analytics community who aren't too happy with what they found in the new version. Let's start with the good stuff first.

What works

Real time data in its simplest form

For most large websites the most interesting new feature in the new versions is the real-time data, which allows for a much more detailed look at the responses to social activities and quicker testing of campaign tracking (among other things). There is no doubt that this feature is a winner, especially when combined with Twitter's move to the domain, which makes it much easier for analysts to see referrals from shortened URLs.

The Social Engagement tab is also a very handy addition. It shows how many visitors are arriving through social sources and summarises +1s, Likes, and other popular social actions. Some extra setup is required but if you consider driving social activity to be a valuable goal - and these days most companies really should - it's well worth it.

Other worthwhile goals, e.g. file downloads that don't trigger a URL change, can now be tracked in their own right without creating a fake pageview. While the old method worked it was a little cumbersome and caused some accuracy problems in other metrics. Again, you'll need to spend a little extra time on setup but improvements to event tracking are certainly welcome. Read more »

Google Analytics Real-Time: Three Creative Ways to Use It

December 2nd, 2011 | Olga Gabdulkhakova


Back in September, Google introduced GA Real Time, which has recently become available in beta for the majority of users.

Yesterday it became accessible to our Google Analytics account as well, and we decided to sort out what value internet marketers can derive from it.

Indeed, people are very excited about this feature. Watching the number of people on your site changing and the charts indicating page views per second (!) floating is overwhelming.

Yes, real-time analytics is captivating to watch. But it's not inherently helpful. Users need to understand how exactly their particular website can benefit from it.

In short, the new GA feature lets you see how your visitors interact with your site – live. You get the number of active visitors on your website, the keywords that brought them in, referrers, location by city, content they're accessing.

Here's a more detailed overview of what data you can get with Google Analytics Real-Time. Read more »