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Monitoring What Your Users Are Searching For

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Brent W, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    Is anyone using something to monitor what their members are searching for on the forum?
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  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    I have a search log add-on that I've yet to release that I use.

    I'm currently working on adding reports to the entire system on top of statistics.
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  3. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    Look forward to that being potentially released.
  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    Why not just use Google Analytics for it? It already has the "Site Search" are that is exactly that (what people are searching for ON your site).


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  5. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    I'm using my standard google analytics and it's working great.
  6. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    How is this accomplished?

    I asked this same question years ago, I even sort-of suggested this. I think it'd be a great feature to be able to see what your (ahem, my members) searched on your (my site) so I can see where to target more.
  8. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Hey Carlos, this is standard in google analytics, all you need to do is turn it on in your account.
  9. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    You don't do anything special... just open Google Analytics and go to Behavior -> Site Search

    And of course make sure it's enabled on your Analytics property view.

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  10. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Long time ago, I read that area as "site: codforums" or something like that, but wow... I was wrong. Alrighty, testing this in the next day or so.

    I always thought site search settings meant tracking how people found the site, only to find out it tracks what your users are searching on your site. WTF.
  11. Jeffin

    Jeffin Well-Known Member

    Wow. Thank you. I just enabled it for my forum.
  12. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    One nice thing about having it in Analytics, is you can combine multiple dimensions. For example, break down what people search for by gender...


    ...or by country...

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  13. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    What should be the value for this: Strip query parameters out of URL ?
  14. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    When I go to Behavior Site Search I don't see that button anywhere.
  15. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

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  16. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Monitoring search logs is one thing. The trick is to have your community post about these popular topics.
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