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Starting Out In Marketing or SEO? Use These Free Google Tools

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Marketing and SEO usually get the thin end of budget allocations and resources.

Thankfully, this hurdle doesn’t stop marketers and SEO professionals from being creative and thinking outside the box to get the data and insights they need to excel in their roles.

In this blog post, we look at what’s in Google’s tool kit for marketing and SEO, including Google Analytics, Google Console Search, Page Speed Insights, and Think With Google.

Google Analytics and Google Seach Console

Customer trends and discoveries assist marketers in making better decisions and increasing conversion rates. Therefore, any tool that will deliver reliable and accurate data is worth using, especially when it’s free.

Google Analytics (GA) and  Google Search Console (GSC) are free.

Are you wondering if you need both GA and GSC? Well, they’re not the same, even though GSC does have some of the same data you’ll find in Google Analytics.

Marketers may prefer Google Analytics for its ease of searching user data and setting up goals for tracking conversions.

For example, using insights on visitor demographics and pages visited is helpful for targeted marketing messages, and this data is found in GA.

Similarly, Google Search Console delivers insights into your website’s performance in search results, and you can track your search engine optimization. Still, it’s also got customer or site visitor data that’s easy to read for non-SEO professionals.

For example, you can find out where visitors come from, i.e., their global location, and what they used to find you, i.e., their device.

When your focus is local SEO and a specific user demographic, GSC can deliver the information you need to share with marketers for search engine marketing (SEM) and advertising, e.g., PPC and SEO.

User Acquisition

In the acquisition section of GSC, you can find out what users did while on your site, including the number of clicks, the click-through rate (CTOR), impressions, queries, and the site-wide number of user sessions. Plus, find out the site’s average position in keyword search results.

User Behaviour

What did your users do when they landed on your site? You’ll find out the bounce rate (how long the user stayed on your site before exiting. Plus, which pages they visited.

The behavior information is essential for marketers to work on campaigns to keep users on the site longer and visit the desired pages, e.g. the online shop.

SEO analysts want to improve how the website performs in search results; therefore, knowing its search position is required to gauge if their SEO optimization improves it.

In Google Analytics, you can get granular details on visitor conversions, i.e., what they did when they landed on your site and high-level metrics for site-wide conversion.


Would you like to track revenue, transactions, and rate of conversion? First, you need to set up goals in Google Analytics – see here.

GA is also beneficial for salespeople who need to understand online conversions and where they have played a role in the sales cycle.

With Google, the largest search engine, no website should be with Google Analytics and Google Search Console.

Tip: when you’re starting out in marketing or SEO, get help using these free tools to use more features to learn more about your site and your visitors.

Google Page Speed Insights

We all want super-fast page loading, but it’s challenging, especially when balancing it with user experience initiatives, including videos and images that take time to load. Plus, plugins impact page speed, the website template, and your hosting plan.

Google’s page speed insights let you know what is slowing your site, but it’s not an actual ‘speed test.’

Think With Google

Wow! What a find for marketers! Think with Google (TWG) empowers marketers to make better decisions with their marketing strategies to get higher conversion rates.

Test my site

Within the app, you can test how fast your mobile site loads. Yes, it is mobile-first, which is where your focus should be.

A page that loads in less than 3 seconds is good. Of course, the faster your pages load for the user, the longer they will likely stay on your site and visit more pages – including your eCommerce store.

Marketers have free access to tools that help with research and marketing strategies.


Research doesn’t mean you need to spend hours, if not days, searching and validating data to reveal trends, stories, and discoveries. With Think With Google, you have a customer discovery learning and knowledge-gathering portal.

Marketing Strategies

This area of TWG will hurt your head as it offers so much, and you’ll need to work out where to start.

Try the data and measurement sub-category – it is a great place to learn how your business resonates with your brand on different platforms. Marketers need to take risks insofar as second-guessing what consumers will do next for some campaigns.

Data takes away many risks, and with TWG, marketers will provide more information at their fingertips. You can click on emerging technology to discover how machine learning, AI, and Augmented Reality (AR) are changing marketing and how we interact with real-world environments.

Latest – Beta Release of Google Search Console Insights

Did you get an email from Google recently re. their new beta release of Search Console Insights? Wow – it’s impressive, and for bloggers and SEO, the feedback on how your content is performing is invaluable. You can find out the following:

  • Performance statistics for your new content
  • Which content is doing the best – i.e., gets the most visits and from where
  • What are people looking for, i.e., what are their keywords in search before they find your content

You’ll need to ensure your Google Analytics is linked to your Google Search Console for Search Console Insights to work. Read more here.


It’s a fun and exciting time to be a marketer or an SEO expert, even if you’re still struggling to get the budget your role needs.

It’s an online world with digital marketing and SEO now integral to business growth and reach.  There are always free tools and cash-strapped strategies.

Using Google’s tools can make lighter work of your marketing and SEO tasks.

Other businesses also offer free tools like this SEO checklist to speed up your page loading and create the content your visitors need.  We will write more blog posts on free tools to make your job easier.