Website visitors is a useful gauge to understand if you are growing the number of people who visit your website.
There are 3 things to remember when looking at website visitors as a metric.
- Use with bounce rate understand audience quality. You might have had a large increase in visitors to your website. However are they engaging with you, browsing your website and taking action? The quickest way to know the quality of the new visitors is to combine visitors with bounce rate. A high number of visitors and high bounce rate will indicate a disengaged or incorrect audience. A high number of visitors and low bounce rate would indicate the right audience and on the surface things are going well.
- Know your visitor type: There are two main type of website visitor. There is the new visitor, those who have never visited before, or are browsing on a different device for the first time. And returning visitors, those who have previously visited your website. Returning visitors will tend to convert better, however to grow you need to attract new visitors.
- Do not confuse visitors with visits: Visitors, sometimes referred to as users or unique users are individual devices used to view your website. Visits or sessions on the other hand are the number of time a visitor has come to your website.
The What, Why and How
What is it?
Website visitors is the number of unique people (on a specific device) who have visited your website.
The higher the number the higher the number of people who have visited.
This might not truly represent unique people, as someone who visited the website one a mobile and a desktop device would be counted as two different people.
Why should I measure it?
To create growth we need to increase our visitors over time.
Depending on the type of product or services we are offering this will vary the type of visitors we have, new visitors vs. returning visitors.
Knowing the time between purchases, will inform what type of visitors we could expect.
If we had a higher time between purchases, a higher number of returning visitors could mean our products last longer on average, and there is less need for people to come back.
A lower number could mean visitors are back in the market for your product or service on a more regular basis.
For example imagine the time between purchases of a dining table vs. stationary.
How to diagnose it
Typically the higher the number of new visitors, the lower the conversion rate.
A quick way of understanding if your growth in website visitors is positive, is to combine it with bounce rate. This way you can understand if the new visitors are engaging with your site or visiting and then immediately leaving without taking action.
Designing the website to meet the needs of the user type is critical.
Recognising returning visitors with personalised content can help make the website experience relevant.
For example not showing products they have previously purchased.
For new visitors, it is about brand recognition and validation plus making it easy for a new visitor to find what they are looking for.
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Where can I see it?
The screenshot is from Google Analytics and shows the change in website visitors, described as “users” can be viewed over time.
In this example bounce rate has been used as a measure of the quality of the traffic and how this has also changed over time, with the increase in new visitors.
The Crank View
In the graphic we looked at the change in visitors over time to see the impact it had on overall revenue and conversion rate.
In this case we have highlighted two different channels to see if the increase or decrease in website visitors has had a positive or negative impact on revenue.
People also ask . . .
Unique visitors are those visitors who have visited your website on a specific device over a set period of time.
This is different from visits, which is the number of times a visitor, comes to your website.
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A new visitor, those who have never visited before, or are browsing on a different device for the first time.
A returning visitor, are those who have previously visited your website. Returning visitors will tend to convert better, however to grow you need to attract new visitors.