Google Analytics is an awesome method of tracking visitors who find your web page. Google Analytics not only shows you how many people are reading your website each day, but it also tells you where they came from and how they found you. Having this information at-hand gives you the power to make adjustments in the way you advertise, use keywords and promote your brand. As great as Analytics is, it isn’t perfect. Current limitations include:
- Cannot track visitors in real time.
- Ad filtering programs and extensions can block visitors from being counted or tracked.
- Smart phones and devices that don’t support java technology are not counted.
- No heat map reporting.
- Lack of support.
If Google Analytics has come up short for your needs, try one of these free alternatives.
Clicky’s free analytics web based program is capable of tracking up to 3,000 visitors per day. (Paid plans differ.) Clicky promotes real time data tracking and is also available as an iPhone or Android mobile phone application.
2. Stat Counter
Stat Counter is a reliable, free, invisible, and highly configurable web based analytics tool. Stat Counters users will have access to real time data tracking, keyword analytics, visitor path data, ISP and browser stats, and
3. Site Meter
Site Meter’s Basic tracking software can predict future traffic, show visitors in real time, and give ISP and browser details of each website viewer.
This free analytics tool is easy to use and will show you a
real time live visitor map, track up to 5,000 pageviews per day, and offers email web stats reports free of charge.
Reinvigorate is new to the analytics party and features some of the most unique services available today. The downloadable desktop application will stream visitor information to your computer in real time and uses heat map technology. Sign up for beta testing and you’ll be sent an email to download the free software and put Reinvigorate to work.
Woopra is another desktop client that tracks visitors in real time, is capable of managing multiple websites and blogs, and has a live chat feature that permits you to interact with website visitors while they’re on your site. Woopra’s free basic plan tracks up to 30,000 pageviews per month.
Piwik is a downloadable open source real time web analytics software program that provides rich, detailed reports. Piwik must be installed on your web hosting server and uses PHP MySQL to generate real time results.
In addition to the programs listed above, remember that your web host may have made web analytics software available to you as part of your hosting plan. Check your web hosting control or contact your web host for more information.