5 Content Metrics Every Marketer Should Be Tracking

Content marketing may be easier to dive in, but it is tricky to accurately measure the benefits it brings. Most of its advantages are intangible, for example the increased exposure and brand building.

These, while, essential to online success, are hard to gauge.

Yet at the same time there are ways you can determine the specific benefits you get from content marketing. Factors that will help you decide on how much to invest into content marketing in terms of time and money, and how often to engage.

Here are 5 important stats that you should be tracking:

Social Shares

Perhaps the most obvious metric. It can be easily observed if you have set up social share plugins on your websites and blogs. Needless to say, the more an article or a post is shared, the more results it will bring in terms of visitors and rankings.

Comments

Another obvious measurement that is easy to track. A high amount of comments on a page, blog post, YouTube video, or any other content shows high user engagement. This is, again, a clear indicator of just how useful that particular piece of content is for users.

Time on Page

Average visitor duration is a little known, yet highly important factor that affects search engine rankings. The more people like your content, the more they will stay. And this is good enough for Google for a rankings increase. Drill down in Google Analytics to find out which content is popular.

Bounce Rate

Measuring this factor also helps you find what topics resonate with your audience. In layman terms, bounce rate is the ratio of one-page visits to the number of total visits. The lower your bounce rate, the more it means that your content is engaging enough for visitors to stay, browse around and subscribe.

Backlinks Generation

Much has been written on the vital importance of backlinks in SEO, and this factor still is ace when it comes to content. Make sure you create highly useful content, because the more backlinks it attracts from other authoritative websites, the higher it will be ranked, resulting in more traffic.

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  • Nice guidelines. I’m not overly familiar with that content marketing, but these definitely will help me learn more and start to track these things when I get my online business up and running. Hopefully soon!

  • Bounce rate is a great one I never really considered. I need to try this out and see what kind of bounce rate my blog is currently dealing with.

  • Social shares are huge in 2014, and for good reason. With all the social media networks and users, it would be stupid to not use social shares to spread the word. A great resource for this new wave of technology!

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