Report for Blog Post Search

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Is there a report available for the blog post searches? I'm would like to see what people are looking for from my posts.

If the default search does not offer this function, please advise on other free services I can use.
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Hello Grace,

I've found some good primary articles on this topic. I'll paste them here for your perusal. I think that there's a heap of info out there and your needs will be different to others.

hope these help
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http://www.jtpratt.com/how-to-track-s...
http://www.problogger.net/archives/20...
http://analytics.blogspot.com/2007/11...

Thanks for the Freefind tip also. A gem!

I am totally lost with "trackback" so if you have any understanding of this I would enjoy learning about it. A mystery of the universe for me :)
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I finally had the chance to read the articles you provided. These articles show how to get reports of words used on search engines to find my site. I have that capability with Google Analytics.

I am using FreeFind for Site Searches which gives me reports of search words used within my site.

However, I would like to know what search words are being used on my blog through the default post search.

Hopefully I've clarified what I'm looking for.
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Thanks Grace. I'll continue. I was looking again this morning for similar info. Nothing as yet.
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Hi Peter,

Thanks for the articles. I'll take a look at them.

Regarding trackbacks... a great description of the different types can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trackbacks.

I have a thread on trackbacks that wasn't really resolved but might provide you the info you need... http://getsatisfaction.com/yola/topic...
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Cool...I was sort of wondering what Trackbacks were also.
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Grace,

You're another gem within this community. Thanks for this. See you in a virtual web library at some time.

@John. That does make me feel better. I have tried to work out how this can be used and get lost every time. Between the three of us we may come up with an understanding or total confusion. :)
PS: Got your mail. Will study it this pm.
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KanThaiDecor

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The whole blog thing and the way it is set up is something I am still trying to learn....Anyway I need sleep ! I have no idea why I am still up at 2:32 AM messing with this stuff....Have great day my friend.
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Hi Grace and Peter

The search widget we use in our Yola blog is powered by Google. I will ask the developers, but I would imagine we would have to create our own blogsearch widget before we could provide analytics for the search terms entered.

In the meantime, I have made some inquiries and it seems like this is possible with Google Analytics. I am told that if you have Google Analytics you can find the search terms entered on your blog by going to visitors>pageviews. The page view for a search term entered on your blog should look something like /blog/search/searchterm.

I must confess that I don't have my own active blog with analytics installed to test this but if you could give me some time I could get more information, either by asking someone who has a blog or setting one up myself.

Sorry for the second-hand answer on this - but maybe the two of you could help me out by checking if you can find the information I am referring to in your Google Analytics dashboard.
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No apology expected Monique. It's a new issue and your answer is great. I'm happy to work in on this and just offer some data. It's your call.

It looks very promising and thanks for that research and follow up.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Great. Let me know what you find. I will try to find out more as well. If this works out we can add it to our documentation as I am sure many people would like to make use of something along these lines.
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Hi Peter

You should be able to get some idea what people are searching for from your google analytics account.

Once logged into Google Analytics and viewing your report for your site:

Under Content click on content drilldown.

You should get a page something like this:

I

From here you will be able to drill down into pages in your site - including the search page. Since a search query looks something like this:


mysite.com/blog.search?q={search text here}


you can see what users are searching for by looking at the part of the url after the ?q=
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I can't see anything that really resembles that Christo. The closest I have is:
/-?dsq=9327446

The language is also not in Roman characters. (Thai) And it's dated the 14th two days (maybe 1) before I did the search (GMT+7) and eperformed about 11:00 on the 16th. (local time)
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Hi Grace and Peter,

You can see which posts in your blog are getting viewed if from your Google Analytics account you:

1. Click on Content (on the left hand side of the screen)
2. Click Overview
3. Click View Full Report (scroll down is underneath the first few pages on the list)

Looking at the report (you can scroll through the pages of content), the blog posts will will have no .php at the end:



So this will give stats on the individual blog posts.

I hope this helps!

Emmy
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Thanks for the info, Emmy.

Although I see what pages are being viewed, I would like to know what search words are being used for SEO purposes.

I'm not sure how to set this up in Google Analytics. Currently I'm not seeing any results even though I have entered my own test search words.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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@Grace, could you look at Christo's response and see if you can access the information he is talking about? The bit you are looking for is:
mysite.com/blog.search?q={search text here}
Follow his steps and let us know if you can find it.
@Peter. Small correction. We have a Chris and a Christo. Chris is the one with work on Google Adsense in his background. I think our staff should be more original when they select their names so as not to confuse people :)
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Monique, I believe this is what we need but what I don't understand is how to set this up. It seems that I am confused on a key piece of information and can use some help to get more details.

I don't know where "mysite.com/blog.search?q={search text here}" needs to go. Also, do I type it in exactly as is or am I suppose to replace "{search text here}" with something?
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They're twins. It's their parents fault :)
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Grace: after you click on your blog page in the content drill down list you should see something like this: mysite.com/blog.search?q={search text here}
{search text here} is the search term someone has entered on your blog.

If Christo's instructions are correct you don't need to set up anything or type anything in, it should just be there when you drill down into your blog page.

Hope this makes sense.
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Grace I'm not seeing this either. Like you I can drill into the blog page and see the same as you describe.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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I have Christo looking for alternatives. We are beginning to fear that the Google Analytics code is not implemented in the way that we need to return the right data. I will let you know if he finds anything. I have distracted him from bug fixes and development work, but he is being an awfully good sport about it!
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Thanks Monique and Yes he is a good sport to do that.