Google Adds Keyword-Tracking Option
The free conversion-tracking tool, introduced in October 2003, is part of an effort by Google to give advertisers ways to judge the success of their campaigns beyond simply the clicks generated by their keyword ads. By gauging events such as page views and sign-ups, Google emphasizes search's role in all phases of the sales cycle, from consideration to conversion to retention.
A number of search analytics tools, such as GoToast, are available for advertisers, in addition to free analytics offered by Google competitors like Yahoo's Overture Services and FindWhat.com. Overture also has rolled out a more robust analytics tool to track conversions across banner, e-mail and search campaigns.
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