Top 14 Free Web Statistics Tools - How well is your website drawing in the netsurfers? Ask a stat counter!
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Each webmaster or blogger uses at least one web service to keep track & monitor web traffics. There are tons of free web traffic checkers out there, each a unique of its own. Most of them have something in common though; installation of script is required to generate traffic reports. Installing too many tends to slow the site down and cause inaccuracy in overall results. Itís better to stick with one which matches your requirements the most. Hereís a list of the 14 most used web statistics tools.
AWStats is probably one of the few good ones that donít require client side script installation. Itís installed on the server side and provides comprehensive logs of traffics accessing particular websites. Itís free and if your web host doesnít have, request them to install.
StatsCounter is widely used among most tech non-savvy web owners. It gives real time statistics of your web traffic but the drawback of it is, you will need to pay if your traffics exceed 1,500,000 pagviews a month. Well, if you have that much of traffic you wouldnít mind paying to continue donít you?
SiteMeter is another very popular traffic tracking provider. Itís used by a lot of notable websites such as lifehacker, read/write web, gawker, gizmodo, kotaku, etc. And like StatsCounter provides 2 different charges of services; the free and the paid premium. Free services get all basic statistics a webmaster could possibly need but in case you want more comprehensive analysis on your traffics, you will need to get the premium account.
google analytics is perhaps the most commonly used and most famous web traffic tractor every build. Itís free with functions Iíll take me pages to describe. Google Analytics gives very accurate statistics on not only traffics but also keep track of almost everything a cookie can store (browsers, type of OS, plugins installed, etc) on each unique visitors. It is also used to keep track of Google Adwords performance. And with the new look recently upgraded, itís certainly better in terms user friendliness and navigation.
What makes Feedburner different from the rest is that it keeps track of traffic coming from feed readers. Feedburner users can show off how many people are currently subscribing to them by displaying a chiklet on websites. Feedburnerís FAN is also the only traffic counter that offers publishers to make a profit from their traffic. With the recent acquisition of Feedburner by Google, it could have just helped Google to strengthen their domination on traffic counter. Google AdSense on Feedburner is what many AdSense publishers looking forward to see after this acquisition.
103bees started off earlier this year but already gain much reputation because they are one among few that concentrates on search engine traffic analyzation. It is one of my favorite tool to measure and check my daily traffic. Check out my reviews on 103bees.
Performancing Metrics gives you real time readings of your web traffics however if you want to use it for free for long run, your pageviews/day must not exceed 1000. Upon sign up, Performancing gives you 21days full premium access, after that you will have to pay ($2/month) to continue. If you have high traffic, try using Performancing metrics. If your traffics are among the Top 20, you will earn yourself a PR7 link back from Performancing.com main page.
Reinvigorate is highly recommended, has nice interface design with traffic charts nicely placed. It makes charts very understandable, very easy for comparison and analysis. However, itís currently a beta and only available through invitations. Send in a e-mail and letís hope they will send you an invitation to try it out.
Spotplex shows you not only real time traffic stats, but also how you rank among bloggers of your niche that use Spotplex plugin. Head over to Spotplex website to check the most popular articles of the day, most popular within specific niche or your Spotplex rank today.
Automattic Statistics for WordPress calculates your traffic within WordPress. However Automattic Statistics resides on WordPress.comís Dashboard. After installing the plugin, there will be an extra button call Blog Stats that will lead you to your statistics in WordPress.com.
By putting one small OneStats banner on your website, you not only get to see your web traffic but also get to compete against websites from your country in the OneStats chart. OneStats chart is a very good place to gain publicity and its monitor by many webmasters. Itís ranked based on pageviews so itís a bit unfair as forums and photo albums have a higher pageview rate.
Counterized II for WordPress upgrades from its previous version to give more traffic data. It embedded inside your WordPress Dashboard, giving you traffic information like IP, timestamp, visited URI, referring URI, total hits, unique hits, etc. All you need to do is install the plugin and view your stats inside Dashboard.
Counterize II upgrades from its previous version to give more traffic data. It embedded inside your WordPress Dashboard, giving you traffic information like IP, timestamp, visited URI, referring URI, total hits, unique hits, etc. All you need to do is install the plugin and view your stats inside Dashboard.
MyBlogLog stats shows you where your visitors come from, what they read and where they go, but the most interesting thing about MBL is, it includes the statistics of Google AdSense clicked and their sizes.
CrazyEgg tells you where in your page people are likely to click and the most interesting part is, it gives you a heat map display. Install and test it out yourself.
Gostats has a free and paid version available. The free and paid versions both give you page views, referring URLs, and most of the normal features. We couldn't really distinguish between the free and paid versions an what each provides but if you'd like an analytics software that is easy to setup, GoStats fits the bill.
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