When you're promoting your business online, it's important that you carefully watch your internet marketing statistics. While marketing statistics can often refer more to industry statistics than your own personal marketing results, you're going to be most concerned with the statistics that apply only to you and your business for right now.
Your internet marketing statistics include everything from the number of pages views for each page of your website, to how many clicks a particular link in an email or advertisement bring you a new customer, to how many of those click-throughs actually purchase something or sign up for your mailing list so you can contact them later.
These statistics are vitally important, because they tell you if your plan is working or not. For instance, if your internet marketing statistics show that an advertisement you placed in a newsletter drew very few people to your site, and few if any of those signed up for your mailing list or purchased anything, you'll want to reconsider paying for advertising there again. It could be that your ad was ineffective, and it could be that it's just not a profitable place for you to advertise. Try an ad there similar to one you've used somewhere else with good results, and see if the same thing happens. If it does, then the market is probably just not right for your product or service. If the new ad gets a good response, then you'll know it's the first ad itself that didn't do well, not the market.
If you don't keep a good eye on your internet marketing statistics, then everything becomes guesswork. Since you're operating a business and not running a psychic phone line, the guesswork isn't a wise way to run an internet marketing campaign. Are you getting tons of website hits from a particular link, but few are following through and signing up for a list or buying? It's still possible that it's just simply not the market for you, or it could be you don't have very compelling content on your page designed to make people want to sign up for your list.
You've probably had your website search engine optimized for certain keywords pertaining to your business. Type them in to a few different search engines and see if your site is in the top 10 or so listings. If it's not on the front page of listings, most searchers won't see it at all because so few ever click as far as the second page of results, unless necessary. Page rank is one of the more important internet marketing statistics you can monitor, right along with link performance.
Another way to make your statistics work for you is by looking at page views referred from within your site. The customer is there, and begins looking at different pages. Which ones get the most hits that way? This is one of the internet marketing statistics that can help you see what searchers like the most about your website.
Todd Stevens is a successful internet marketing veteran of 15 years. He is actively involved in consulting on several websites for his clients and has recently started his own blog, My Secrets to Internet Marketing.