Discussion in 'Website Promotion' started by netjobs, Jan 18, 2006.
What you people think the best website statistics...?
or any other
I was a fan of Sitemeter before but after trying Statcounter, I must admit I'm very much impressed. Most new-small sites should qualify for their free service.
I haven't tried Google Analytics as they offer new sign ups only on invitation basis as of now.
I agree with Vishal on this.
I have been using Freestats.com and they give you Daily and Weekly Stats for free. You can see the Raw data for those who visit (but only for that day). You can upgrade for more detailed stats including monthly, yearly, and tracking.
For those just starting out, Go Free just to get a feel for things.
I use statcounter.com and like it very much
There is one drawback with the free Statcounter though. You can view the data for only recent 100 pageloads and not uniques. Which means, in a given session, if there were only 10 visitors and they viewed 100 pages, you'll see the stats of only those 10 visitors. Sitemeter on other hand gives you the data of last 100 uniques, irrespective of their pageviews. I think I'll stick to Sitemeter at the moment as far as free is concerned
Maybe when I get over 100 page views per day, I will change my mind.
Until then, I'll just stick to what I know.
I tried StatCounter on one of my sites, and already added it to 2 more...
Thanks, it is so much better than my old counter.
Try to create seperate projects in statcounter for your best traffic pages... that will give you 100 logs for each project and page, rather than putting a single project for a whole site... I tried and it works well...
Personally, I am rather fond of WebSTAT... have been using them for years now. Lots of nice, pretty graphics and pie charts...
Actually, they are very user friendly, don't know how they stack up against StatCounter or FreeStats, and will go check those out now, just out of curiosity...
Just got an invitation yesterday from Google Analytics. I'm using it to track stats for this site and I must tell I'm blown away by the amount of information that is shown. This is why Google dominates
I am already using Analytics, but its bit hard to understand things there, its not so easy as other stats (like statcounter) tracking the visitors exact urls is not available in their analytics, where statcounter does it... or I did'nt find it out...
Quoting: netjobstracking the visitors exact urls is not available in their analytics
Hmmm yes! I wish that feature was available and there are lot many features too, but overall I think Analytics is a winner.
I use Statcounter.com. Its free and it works great!
web-stat. Very good service!
I use addfreestats.com. It tracks the visitors url also.
I'm using Google Analytics and it's great.
As a guy, I don't read instructions, so I've been figuring it out as I go along.
I've been getting more and more surprised as I've begun to recognise what it can actually do and what information I can find out about visitors and where they're coming from.
Sure, it's a bit complicated at first and it may take a day or so for google to recognise the code on your webste but when you sign up there's instructions on how to install it on your site. I actually read these ones (they're not too long!) and I'd recommend doing so.
As for being a little complicated at first, finding out the basic stuff doesn't take long (visitor numbers, referral links) and then as you advance you'll realise there's a whole lot more useful information at your fingertips.
It's free and you don't need to be invited to join up so you can install it today and figure it out later.
First time newbies who are using a free blog might consider
Else, for intermediates who have experience with stats programs (AWStats, Squidoo dashboard, StatCounter, etc) and have been using paid hosting consider
There is quite a learning curve with everything beyond the basics in regards to using Google Analytics. But if you are ready for the challenge, it is quite useful.
Expect to slowly absorb everything beyond the basics over a fairly long period of time. Don't worry if you get overwhelmed or if your eyes cross frequently with all the charts and tweaks. That's normal.
Don't bother with Google Analytics until you are truly ready. It's not for the inexperienced.
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