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Old 12th February 2010, 02:18 AM   #1

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Default Looking For A Tool To Get Traffic Information


Im looking for a tool to track my visitors traffic. Is there something like a script that I can just add to my code and that delivers me informations about my visitors?

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Old 5th March 2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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Starting with the most simple, which is also the least customizable, do a search for "web page hit counter". You will find many links to free snippets of script that you include in your page's code. Those scripts connect to the provider of the counting service, which is where they keep track of your visitor count and feed the info back to your web page. Suggestions include StatCounter and OneStatFree.

You can get a little more complicated, and have a little more control over how everything looks, by hosting your own visitor counter program. If you are using a "shared" hosting service (i.e. you do not have your own web server computer), then your hosting service probably includes some sort of "stat counter" or "hit counter". You will find it by logging into your "dashboard" and enabling that service.

Many hosting providers give you access to the "log file" (the record of your visitors) associated with your hosting account, and that can be used, with a little more effort, to support programs like AWStats or OneStat. Those types of programs use a local database, like MySQL, SQLite or one of their own, and your log file to show you more detailed information about your visitors than the more simple solutions can.

Lastly, you can go wild and install a commercial solution, such as those available from WebTrends, ClickTracks or WebSideStory to do your "web analytics", which are much more detailed and MUCH more expensive than any of the previous suggestions.

To sum up, there are solutions for every level of expertise. Start with the simple ones and move up as needed.

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Old 5th March 2010, 06:53 PM   #3
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Try Google Analytics, its free


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Old 5th March 2010, 10:36 PM   #4

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Default Yahoo Web Analytics

Yahoo has a web analytics package too. Check out http://web.analytics.yahoo.com

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Old 11th March 2010, 08:57 PM   #5

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Google vs. Yahoo analytics. Which one do you like better? We've only tested GA for now but would switch to Y if was worth it.

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Old 12th March 2010, 09:27 AM   #6
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One of the best solutions that I have ever come across is available for free. You can pay to 'expand' your logs, but the basic service is free. When you create an account, you create a 'project' for each website. That's neat because you can watch several sites in one control panel.

The system makes the simple code that you add to each page. That way, you can see where visitors entered, where they went and where they left. It even provides the referer.

Visito http://statcounter.com It's a great tool, but there is one warning. There is so much information available there that you start spending hours of time just looking through the stats. Don't say I didn't tell you!

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Old 13th March 2010, 10:37 AM   #7
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I also highly recommend Google Analytics as the chances are you want your site to rank high in Google.

The only problem with Google Analytics is that is will also record data of those who have JavaScript enabled on their browser. Although the majority of people will have JavaScript enabled.

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Old 14th March 2010, 03:43 PM   #8

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According to my experience, google analytics is the best till now; and its a lot better then adding scripts.

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Old 14th March 2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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I personally have created countless websites that have ranked on page 1 of Google (and in some cases, first position) all using the Stat Counter code. The reporting tells you exactly what search phrase was used to direct visitors to your site. Sheesh.. that's like telling you the answer to the question.

I have never seen any negative search results because of the code. I haven't used the Google tool, but I am pretty sure that you have to also add some code. How else could the track it? Little birdies?

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wordtracker is also a good option

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