Performancing Metrics

A Look Into Google Web Optimizer

Daniweb.com has published a short piece on what Google’s Website Optimizer can do for your website or blog.

Tom Leung, product manager for Google Website Optimizer, says it’s not always easy to know what drives traffic without a tool like Website Optimizer to help. “In the old days, you would just make [your] changes and hope for the best, or you might look at your traffic the next week and see if there were any changes in your web analytics dashboard.” The problem with that approach, Leung explains, is that you don’t really know why you saw a traffic change. Was it due to your design change or maybe you had a really popular blog post that week?

Leung says where Website optimizer fits in is that it lets you make those improvements with some scientific certainty. “Now I have a tool to evaluate which changes are good, which are neutral and even more importantly, which are bad,” he says. Website Optimizer includes two experiment types: A/B, which switches between two page designs and multivariate where you can test multiple elements such as different headlines and pictures to see which one works best.

Part of Gogole Analytics, the Website Optimizer lets you test different versions of your site, to see which best serves your purposes in terms of user interface, traffic, conversions and whatnot. So instead of blindly making guesses on which layout is best for conversions, for instance, or perhaps the length of time each visitor spends on your site, you can back these up with figures.

Google has recently partnered with content management vendors, to supposedly implement Website Optimizer as built-in features. I wonder if this can be done with WordPress, too, to negate the need to paste code onto pages being tested. Plugin, anyone?

Categories: Blogging Tools

This post was written by . You can visit the for a short bio, more posts, and other information about the author.


Comment with Your Facebook Account

Comments

  1. Bryan Eisenberg says: 8/5/2008

    There is a plug-in for WordPress, that we developed with our partners ContentRobot. You can get it at http://websiteoptimizer.contentrobot.com/ . I also explain the plug-in in detail in my latest book Always Be Testing.

    Thanks,
    Bryan

    Reply

  2. chat says: 9/8/2008

    thanks

    Reply

  3. mikeyaozm says: 9/20/2009

    which switches between two page designs and multivariate where you can test multiple elements such as different headlines and pictures to see which one works best.

    Reply

  4. cheap ugg boots says: 2/25/2012

    Can I just say what a reduction to search out someone who truly is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how one can carry a difficulty to light and make it important. More folks have to learn this and perceive this aspect of the story. I cant imagine youre not more common because you undoubtedly have the gift.

    Reply