The basic information that it gives you includes:
- Comparative analysis of how much traffic is coming to your site from SE’s vs referral/bookmarks/type ins
- Latest Search Terms – the most recent phrases that people came searching for
- Top Landing Pages - the most popular landing pages on your blog and how many visitors they’ve had in the last 7 days
- Top Search Terms – a list of terms that people used to come to your blog searching for with how many visitors used them
- Top Key Words – a list of single words and how many people used them (you can also get this presented as a tag view)
- Search Engines – a list of which search engines sent the traffic and how many people used them (also what percentage of all SE traffic they made up)
The above are the first level of stats that you get. Then you can go deeper from within these pages and can do cool things like go to a page that analyses a keyword or phrase and shows you how much traffic came from different SE’s for that term (useful for comparing how different SE’s rank you for different terms). There’s also a deeper page that graphs how many hits different landing pages got over time and another to analyze what search terms people used when arriving at a certain landing page.
The analysis you get from 103bees is not completely unique – I’ve got all of it already from different stats packages BUT I do like a few things about it that make it worth considering:
- Analysis is done in real time – the stats come into your analysis area very quickly, something some other stats packages don’t give you
- Multiple Domains – you can track multiple domains (they are called ‘projects’) in the one package – very handy for us multi-bloggers
- Usefulness of Analysis – as I say you can get all this information from other stats packages but the analysis is presented in a way that makes it reasonably useful (ie when it refers to pages in your blog you’re given links to go look at what they are referring to.
- Fresh Design – I like it. It’s clean, fast loading and useful.
- Depth of Analysis – once you go beyond some of the first level of pages to the secondary pages there is some very useful information. For example being able to analyse what different search terms were used to for people to get to a single landing page on your blog is very useful information.
- Breadth of Statistics – 7 (or 30 if you upgrade) days analysis for free isn’t heaps but it’s more than what packages like sitemeter give you (they only give you the last 100 visits)
Why would you use it?
The beauty of knowing what people are searching for when they come to your blog is that you have your finger on the pulse of what type of information people are looking for (which can give you hints as to what to write more about) and you know how the different SE’s are ranking you for certain terms which helps you work out how your SEO is going.
Once you start analyzing how people arrive at your blog in this way it’s interesting and useful to find out how many people arrive using terms you’d never considered before. Knowing this data can sometimes just be ‘fun’ (you get all kinds of quirky keywords coming up) but also useful as you might find that the SE’s see you as an authority on something on the periphery of your niche that you could write more about.
It’s also very very useful for analyzing not only your overall blog’s performance but single pages on your blog and how they’re going in SE’s. For example:
If I wanted to analyze the performance of my page How Bloggers Make Money from Blogs (one of the better performing pages here at ProBlogger) I could gather the following information:
- How much traffic it’s had in the last 7 days (I could see this graphed and raw stats)
- How this compares to other pages on my blog
- A list of specific search terms that people come to the page looking for (ranked) – for example ‘make money online’ drove traffic to that page
- I could then see what other pages on the blog those search terms have produced traffic for – for example ‘make money online’ also sent traffic to my home page
- I could see which SE’s are sending the traffic to that page (ranking and also percentages given)
- I could see how the page ranks for each search term ranks on the different SE’s sending traffic – for example ‘make money online’ on Google
- This enables me to optimize the page more for the SE’s by trying different onsite SEO techniques to see if I can rank it higher or not
What I’d like to see added
Some of the features are slightly hidden away and are not accessible enough. For instance one of the things I love to check is how high I rank for a search term by clicking through to the SE that the visitor came from to see whether I’m #1 or #10 for that term (for example – 103bees told me that I got visited by someone searching on Yahoo! for “Colin Ferrell Sex Video” (go figure!). When I go to Yahoo’s page for that search I find I’m #10). 103bees does give a ‘ranking’ link which takes you to these pages but you have to click on two or three links to get to it.
Perhaps the only other suggestions I could make would be for them to add a feature that tells you what number your page ranks at in the SE so you don’t have to click through (not sure if this is possible but it’d be nice) and also a few more percentages (for example on the ‘top landing pages’ results it’d be nice to see what % of SE hits have gone to your top page in addition to the numbers – this is a handy stat to know on a blog that get a lot of SE traffic. This would also be handy on ‘Top search terms’ and ‘top keywords’ results).
Update: Marcus over at Performancing has a great review of 103bees also.