Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Today I am officially a year older. The big 33.

Don’t laugh. I don’t like getting older (who does??)

This past weekend, in honor of my birthday, a few celebrations were had.

Dinner with my hubby and best friend and hubby’s uncle.

Bestie and Me at Chuy's for Dinner

Bestie and Me at Chuy’s for Dinner

Hubby and Me at Chuy's for Dinner

Hubby and Me at Chuy’s for Dinner

We went Country Dancing after dinner. That was fun!

Then it was brunch time on Saturday. I had Eggs Benedict (so-so). Dessert was EXCELLENT!

Birthday Dessert

Birthday presents commenced. Check out my loot! (The Sunglasses were a gift to myself)

Birthday Gifts

Hibiscus Fotostrap Camera Strap

I am super excited about my new camera strap! My hubby bought it for me and had my name engraved on the leather portion (where you see the initials in the picture).

So that was basically my birthday weekend. My official birth time is 6:24pm CST so I’ve still got a bit before it’s official. ;)

PS…do you follow my #bloggingedumacation series?? If you do (if you don’t…shame on you…get with the blogging program! LOL), then boy do I have a treat for you! Beginning May 5th (first Monday in May…mark your calendar) at 8pm CST, I will be hosting alongside the beautiful Ange from Hairspray and Highheels, a weekly live Google Hangout on Air. We will be talking all things blogging. So she is helping me move the #bloggingedumacation series “on the road” if you will. :) Get excited people! You’ll be getting a weekly dose of my Southern accent and her Jersey accent. :)

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#bloggingedumacation – Webmaster Tools Keywords

Webmaster-Tools-Keywords

In my last #bloggingedumacation lesson, I showed you how to locate your Google Analytics Keywords and why you should pay attention to what keywords are bringing people to your site. I talked about the “(not provided)” keyword that appears at the top of the keyword search list. I know many of you requested that I write a tutorial on how to “unlock” those keywords. That tutorial is coming up (hang tight!). In this lesson, I wanted to share a tutorial that can provide you more information about your keywords.

Let’s talk about the major differences between Google Analytics Keywords and Webmaster Tools Keywords:
1. There is about a 2-3 day delay in keyword results in Webmaster Tools and it only allows you to view data for the last 90 days. So download your info if you want to continue tracking it.
2. Webmaster Tools data is from Google’s Search feature only. So when you “google” something, Webmaster Tools tracks those keyword/phrase searches.
3. Webmaster Tools provides data on your top pages and top search queries relating to your website (ie…a sampling of your aggregated traffic instead of the full picture).
4. One of my favorite things about using Webmaster Tools: when you click on a keyword, it’ll show you where your visitor landed (ie what page it landed on through the keyword).

So, now that we know how Webmaster Tools differs, it’s important to note that it’s still a valuable tool. Download both keyword reports (Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools) and compare the two. You’ll get a bigger picture utilizing both reports about what keywords are bringing people to your site.

Here’s how you find your keyword results in Webmaster Tools:
1. Go to Google Webmaster Tools and log-in (if you are already logged in to your gmail or some other google product, it will send you to your “Home” page on Webmaster Tools).

2. Click on your website.
Webmaster Tools Keywords 1

3. Click on Search Traffic
Webmaster Tools Keywords 2

4. Click on Search Queries
Webmaster Tools Keywords 3

5. Review your Keywords.

6. If you want to see what pages your keywords send people, click on one of them.
Webmaster Tools Keywords 4

Now, go back to your Google Analytics Keywords and compare!

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#bloggingedumacation – Google Analytics Keywords

How to find your Organic Keywords on Google Analytics

Have you ever wanted to know what Organic Keywords are bringing people to your blog? It’s super simple and you will most likely laugh your pants off at some of the keywords that are bringing people to your blog. Let’s dive into this lesson about how to find your Google Analytics Keywords.

Step 1: Log into your Google Analytics Account

Step 2: On the Left-hand side of your Dashboard, find Acquisition and click on it.
Google Analytics Keywords 1

Step 3: Now find Keywords and click on it.
Google Analytics Keywords 2

Step 4: Find Organic and click on it. (Organic means someone typing in a search term or phrase or question into a search engine)
Google Analytics Keywords 3

Step 5: Your Organic Keyword Search Traffic will now be showing. Scroll through it to see what keywords, phrases, etc people are using to get to your site. Now I know that I started this off by saying that you will probably laugh out loud at some of the words that people search and end up on your blog. But there is some extremely relevant info in this area. Let’s discuss further…

Organic keywords give you A LOT of google juice. Study your keywords monthly. These keywords are bringing amazing traffic to your blog without you having to do much of anything except put out the content that somehow made Google give that person that post, etc. If you see a theme reoccurring of certain keywords, maybe you should take advantage of it and start including some content to capture more of that traffic. This could lead in more visitors to your site.

Let’s take a peek at my keywords for a moment. (This list is from a 30 day time frame)

Google Analytics Keywords 4

You’ll notice my top keyword is “(Not Provided)” This is data hidden by Google and relates to organic traffic coming from people that were logged into a google product like their gmail account. It’s a privacy thing. There are ways to figure out more of that info but I’m not going to go into that in this lesson. (If you’d like to “break that code” let me know and I’ll get the post worked up soon!)

Now let’s look at 2-10. Most of it is relating to my site’s name. But you’ll see some really specific stuff.

#6 and #9. Beach Theme(d) Baby Shower. I hosted a Beach Themed Baby Shower for my best friend and wrote a detailed post about it. This keyword phrase gets me a lot of traffic.

#8 red high hells to but…I have no idea about this one. Maybe I need to write a red high hells post?? My guess is that red high heels will probably perform better. ;)

#10 blue heels with bow…probably should write a blue high heels post to potentially capture this potential traffic.

This keyword info can really help you. And it can really give you a laugh…here are some of my funny ones right now:
++a plasticbottle
++big shoes to fill
++led in jars (maybe this was supposed to be LED in jars??)
++muddy heels (I’ve got nothing for this one)
++perfect hillgs hells in stockings
++pictures of girls in fluffy sweaters (this is kind of creepy!!)
++pink macaroni and cheese recipe (wow!)
++sexy jeans high heels babes
++sorel cate the great saappaat (what??)
++when i am with you i feel complete (again…creepy…lol)
++work hard (YES!!! I totally agree and am glad you landed on my blog!)

I just went through all 155 of my keywords from the last 30 days and people are landing on my site from keywords that I’m actually already fulfilling. So it looks like I’ll keep writing about those keywords.

What’s the funniest keyword you’ve seen someone use to land on your site?

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