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FAQ – Google Analytics

FAQs – Google Analytics

Reading through the Google statistics for your site can be confusing. Let’s run through some frequently asked questions.

Why does it show pages that aren’t on my website?

It is quite normal to see results from spammer sources that distort the statistics. There are things in place to stop these results getting through but it’s not always possible to block everything. If these pages are only showing a 1-page view that’s usually a sign it’s spam. If it were a real visitor, they would only see the ‘Page Not Found’ error page. If you know it’s not a page on your site, just ignore these results.











10 tips on creating good URLs

10 tips on creating good URLs

A URL is the address of your web page. It can be hard to know what you should put for your URL and how to make it search engine friendly, so here are 10 tips on creating good URLs.

  1. Always use lower case.

    The server your website sits on can sometimes handle uppercase URL’s differently and could show the user a ‘page not found’ page. Best stick to having all lower case to avoid this.

  2. Keep it short

    A URL should have about 50-60 characters according to Google. However, they won’t penalise you in your website rankings if it’s longer. Also long URL’s are difficult to cut and paste.

  3. Match to your page title

    Try and match your URL to the title of the page. It this then obvious to a visitor what the page is about.

  4. Leave out stop words

    Examples of stop words are; and, or, of, but, the, a. You don’t have to put these in, they don’t improve the URL and it just makes it longer.

  5. Safe characters

    The only safe characters to use in a URL are:   _ –  . + ! * ’ ( )  do not use any other characters.

  6. Make it easy to say

    Try and make your URL logical and easy to say. It gets complicated when you have relay every dash, slash and dot. Although slashes and dots are unavoidable in URLS.

  7. Not too many sub folders

    Inserting the page into many sub folders can make the URL too long.

  8. Add keywords

    Add keywords into your URL, it helps with being indexed properly and it clearly states what the page is about.

  9. Don’t repeat keywords

    Repeating keywords is something that search engines frown upon.

  10. Make it readable

    You may have many pages to your website and start giving each page numbers, but who is going to remember a load of numbers? Make sure the URL is readable for humans.

    ReadHow to change your URL

How can I make my web page search engine friendly?

How can I make my web page search engine friendlyHow can I make my web page search engine friendly?

So you have a website but it doesn’t come up when you search for it on search engines.  Google states no set time for the search engine to index new websites or pages. But when it finally does get indexed you need to make sure that your site is optimised in the best possible way.

Below is SpiralNet’s recommended guide on how to format your pages for search engines.

Select your keywords

Each page of your website should have a different focus keyword. A keyword is one or more words that users will use to find your page in a search engine. For this example we have used the word ‘Blue Bananas’.

Set the right URL

A URL is the address of your web page. Adding your keywords in your URL will help, but it is not always necessary in order to rank well. Sometimes it’s more important that your website pages have a logical URL that’s short and easy to remember, approximately 50-60 characters.

Read10 tips on creating good URLs

Titles and description

Add keywords to the title and meta description.  This is what will show up in search engine results.  It’s important here to think about how you can stand out from your competition amongst the search results. What is going to make someone click on your link?



  • The page title should be between 35 and 65 characters.
  • The meta description, however can be up to 156 characters.

Keywords in the text content

The text is very important when it comes to the adding keywords.


  • The keyword should appear in the first paragraph so that it is obvious what you page is about.
  • The keyword should appear in a heading.

The content of your page

Google ideally likes to see a minimum of 300 words on each page. This is not always easy if you are creating a contact us page. The last thing you want to do is fill it with unnecessary dribble so this may be one rule you can’t always stick to.

The keyword should be found in your text, but repeat it too many times and you’ll be penalised by Google.

If you have a WordPress site with SpiralNet you will have a plugin that tells you if your keyword density is too high in your text.

Keywords need to be put in the alt tag of an image. An alt tag is what you name an image for search engines to read. If an image could not be displayed visitors would see the alt tag instead.

Blue Bananas

ReadHow to set alt tags in images

Good readability

It is important that your page reads well. Google will be looking for easy to read web pages so try and follow the rules.


  • Keep your paragraphs short.
  • Try not to have too many sentences more than 20 words long.
  • Each sub-heading should not have any more than 300 words in the text that follows it.

If you have a WordPress site with SpiralNet you will have a plugin that rates the readability of your text.

ReadWriting content for your website

A word on blogs

Blogs are a great way of getting more traffic to your website as it allows you to create more pages that target many keywords.

Inbound links

The more inbound links you have to your website the better.  Google ranks a website higher if it has good reputable links coming from other websites.