The Frustrating Illumination Of Logfiles
Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:54 AM
All fine and good, except... recently I've been running a new script that runs backward from each identified conversion to identify clicktracks, referer, query term, etc. And I have begun to see some interesting anomalies. For instance on one site there is a previously unknown conversion clicktrack from a particular page that is totally outside any and all my carefully designed conversion funnels.
The initial landing page is long, over 4000 words with 20-some images/graphics, and of the particular conversion traffic being investigated:
* the referer search terms or anchor and surrounding text include several hundred main terms;
* distinct referers number close to a hundred;
* direct traffic is minimal;
In other words this new to me (although it has existed hidden in logfiles for years) conversion clicktrack is likely nearly all new visitors coming for a variety of reasons associated with onpage information.
And then they (~60%) follow a specific 9-page clicktrack except for some (~40%) who take an additional 2-page detour at a particular pint in the trip. Some points points really stood out for me:
* the clicktrack is on the long side for the site.
* it cuts across subject matter;
* it ignores deliberate conversion funnels ignoring ~20 explicit and ~30 implicit onpage calls to action (plus ignoring third party ads as well).
* it is a significant absolute and percentage of that landing page's converting traffic.
And perhaps the real kicker, to me, is that while it obviously works I can't figure out the logic (yes, I do know the links used ) behind how they get from beginning to end.
And it looks like there are other previously unknown but significant (>10% of a landing page's conversion traffic) clicktracks to investigate. And what happens if I lower the significance threshold to 5%?
The more I learn the less I know...
Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:58 AM
What you might be able to do with this data is determine if you can shorten the path and perhaps improve conversions by dropping some of the ignored pages and/or calls to action. Perhaps you can create an alternate set of pages that perform better for this type of traffic.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:36 PM
What do you think about taking your high margin/high profit items and moving links to the 1st Page in a Top Sellers category that puts those pages one, possibly 2 clicks away from the home page?
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