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 We are now walking through a media desert. While access to content is astronomically high, the content that we read is dead, lifeless, and derivative. Yes, I see the irony in posting my criticism of the state of online media on, well, online media, but I want to explore how we got here and what we can do about it. We begin in about 1983. The education necessary to interact with media of that… Read More

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Facebook kills App Invites, the native app Like button and other dev features

 It’s been a while since my Facebook notifications feed was filled to the brim with invites to play FarmVille, but I’ve been reminded every so often at how awful those times were. It seems that tool for growing an app’s audience is not long for this world as Facebook has announced that App Invites, alongside a bunch of other developer integrations, will be sunsetting over the… Read More

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Twitter confirms it’s testing a tweetstorm feature

 Twitter confirms it’s testing a feature that allows users to more easily create “tweetstorms” – those series of connected tweets that have grown to be a popular workaround for Twitter’s character count limitations. The feature, which was recently spotted in the wild, offers a new interface for composing tweets, where individual tweetstorm entries can be written… Read More

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Facebook launches Creator app for influencers to build video communities

 Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent”, and now it’s giving social media stars a powerful tool to foster communities around their content. Today Facebook launches Facebook Creator, offering influencers Live Creative Kit for adding intros and outros to broadcasts, a unified inbox of Facebook and Instagram comments plus Messenger… Read More

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Imgur’s favorite folders turn 250M meme lords into curators

 Either you’re one of 250 million monthly Imgurians, or you probably have no idea what Imgur is. But those who are part of the addictive image-sharing community know there’s been one feature at the top of the request lists forever: favorite folders. Today, Imgur fulfills the wishes of the masses with the official launch of favorite folders. Read More

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Instagram Stories adds no-frills photo-only posting from mobile web

 Instagram really wants the developing world on Stories. They won’t be able to use Instagram’s augmented reality masks or share videos, but starting today mobile web users can post to Instagram Stories. Previously, mobile web users could only view Stories, which have to be created in Instagram’s native apps. But now users can snap photos, overlay text captions, and share them… Read More

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Stop Everything & Setup Google Analytics Email Conversion Tracking!

It’s terrible when there’s activity on your site that you’re BLIND to. What pages are people using? What calls to action are effective? Etc.

(Note: we haven’t fully launched this yet, but you can be the first to know about a new course we’re doing on tuning up your website to be way more effective in just 3 days.)

So in this post I’m going to show you exactly how to setup one of the most important pieces of data you can track.

An email conversion is one of the most important events that can happen on your website because it turns visitors into relationships.

Yet, surprisingly, so many indie businesses aren’t tracking email subscribers in Google Analytics!

Tracking email conversions in Google Analytics is critical for understanding what pages on our site are EFFECTIVE at converting visitors to email subscribers.

And luckily, it’s a pretty easy thing to setup. So here’s what I’m going to walk you through:

  1. Create a “Thank You for Subscribing” page on your website.
  2. Tell your email marketing provider to redirect new subscribers to this new “Thank You” page. (I’ll show you how to do this for MailChimp and ConvertKit below.)
  3. Tell Google Analytics to track visits to this “Thank You” page as Goals.

If you don’t already have Google Analytics installed, you can read this or watch this to do that now.

OK, let’s get started.


1. Create a “Thank You” page on your website

This will be the page that every new subscriber will see as soon as they subscribe on your website.

When a new person subscribes, let’s send them to a custom page on your website instead of a generic page from your email provider.

Here’s the three things to do in this step:

  1. Create a new page on your website.
  2. Give it a URL you’ll remember like /thanks or /subscribe-success.
  3. Add content to this page suitable for a new subscriber. You’ll see ours, for example, if you signup for any of our free Guides. (Note: you can come back later and spend some quality time on this.)

Helpful links for this step:

  • Here’s a great article on what content you can put on your thank you page.

2. Set a custom “Thank You” URL in your email provider

Now we need to tell our email marketing tool to send each new subscriber to our brand new “Thank You” page.

Below I’ll show you how to do this in both MailChimp and ConvertKit.

Custom Thank You Page in Mailchimp:

In MailChimp navigate to your list and then click 'Signup Forms'
In MailChimp navigate to your list and then click ‘Signup Forms’”

Select 'General Forms'
Select ‘General Forms’

From the drop-down, select 'Confirmation thank you page'
From the drop-down, select ‘Confirmation thank you page’

Enter the URL of your thank you page and click 'Save'
Enter the URL of your thank you page and click ‘Save’

Custom Thank You Page in ConvertKit:

Navigate to the form you want to set a 'Thank You' page for
Navigate to the form you want to set a ‘Thank You’ page for

Click 'Settings'
Click ‘Settings’

Select 'Redirect to another page', enter your 'Thank You' page URL and click 'Save Form'
Select ‘Redirect to another page’, enter your ‘Thank You’ page URL and click ‘Save Form’


Tell Google Analytics to track visits to this “Thank You” page as Goals

Every time someone visits this thank you page Google Analytics will count that as a goal. You just gained a new relationship!
In Google Analytics navigate to Conversions -- Goals, then click 'Set up goals'
In Google Analytics navigate to Conversions — Goals, then click ‘Set up goals’

Click '+ New Goal'
Click ‘+ New Goal’

Choose 'Custom' then click 'Continue'
Choose ‘Custom’ then click ‘Continue’

Name your goal, choose 'Destination' and then click 'Continue'.
Name your goal, choose ‘Destination’ and then click ‘Continue’. What we’re doing here is telling Google Analytics to count a goal every time a visitor goes to a specific webpage — our “Thank You For Subscribing” page.

Enter your 'Thank You' page URL into the 'Destination' field. Turn on 'Value' and enter a '1' in the Value field. Click 'Save'.
Enter your ‘Thank You’ page URL into the ‘Destination’ field. Turn on ‘Value’ and enter ‘1’ in

Success!
Success!


Now you’re tracking conversions!

In the weeks to come Google Analytics will be tracking any new subscribers as goal conversions.
  • Now you’ll be able to tell — WITH DATA! —  which pages are the most effective at causing conversions on your site.
  • You’ll also be able to make important strategy decisions based on your new data.
  • These are the kinds of strategy decisions we’ll be teaching you how to do in the Website Tuneup Course, but if you’re experienced on the web already this data will help you come up with new strategies on your own!

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