Totally Confused by Webmaster Tools & Google Analytics

Last Update: October 10, 2015

I absolutely do not get Webmaster Tools & Google Analytics. They make no sense. On the one hand, it looks like my WA site isn't indexed, yet, but it shows that almost half of the traffic (such as it is) is returning traffic. While my other site seems to be losing traffic. What the heck does that mean?

Nothing is explained in plain language. I find it incredibly confusing. It makes me mad!

I am not a dummy but I need an "Understanding Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools for Dummies".

There's no need for comments because I'm just venting. Seriously. I'll get over it. Thanks for "listening".

Tomorrow is a new day.


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neilrc Premium
To be honest, I've never really understood any of them. I find the organic traffic that analytics shows, doesn't add up to the clicks in webmaster tools. It's annoying! Lol
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CherylK Premium
Good to know I'm not the only one who can't figure it out..."annoying" is an understatement!!
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BillandSue Premium
Cheryl,
Yes tomorrow will be be a great day. I too have those times when "tomorrow will be a better day". Hang in there
Bill
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CherylK Premium
I will...thanks Bill and Sue.
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ejlaka77 Premium
Cheryl,

Venting and expressing your anger is VERY healthy - you can use your anger as a powerful motivator to find the tools that are available to help you break through the impasse. For example you can do a search using: "Understanding Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools," leaving out the reference to dummies to see what comes up. I'd be surprised if you didn't get some helpful information.

Venting isn't whining - you did the smart thing by posting your blog.

Gene
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CherylK Premium
Thanks much. It's all going to fall into place at some point. I just need to be a little more patient.
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BushiAntz Premium
I am in the same boat :/ Does anyone know of any training on WA that covers this?
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krazykat Premium
Well, there is this one by Boomer maybe you have seen or not. There are also videos done by Jay
Here is one
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BushiAntz Premium
Thanks, Val :D Always there to help :P Nah I haven't seen them. I need to go do something right now could you please PM them to me if that's not to much?
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CherylK Premium
It'll all come together at some point...just needed to vent a little.
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CherylK Premium
Thank you. I'll check out both links. :-)
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krazykat Premium
I'm with you Cheryl, and yes, it will come together :-)
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jasoncancino Premium
By the way, how do you add those WA trainings to your comments? Do you just paste in the URL? I have seen them now and really like how you can use them for others to use as references but just haven't done one myself yet...thx for any advice! ;-)
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BushiAntz Premium
Yeah, you just paste the URL link into the comment.
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krazykat Premium
Yes, just like Anthony said :-) It is helpful at times.
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MaisieJane Premium
I totally agree Cheryl! :)
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CherylK Premium
Thanks! It helps to know I'm not the only confused WA newbie. :-)
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AngelsBird Premium
I just join the club!! :-)
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