Whats the best way to track traffic?

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Just wondering what everyone recommends for tracking stats on their site?


I am using wordpress and have been using Statcounter to track so far.

Just wondered what people recommended.
#track #traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author Gee S
      I have to agree with Mukul. Analytics is pretty cool.

      Originally Posted by Mukul Verma View Post

      Google Analytics all the way!!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author JordanFrancis
        Folks tend to automatically vote Google Analytics.
        So much so, I wonder if the big G has developed
        some kind of mind control device? Of course, I
        might be joking here.

        Moving on:

        Here's how I look at it. When you think "website
        tracking," what's your actual purpose, or desired
        result?

        What is it that you want to know, specifically?

        What data will help you make more money, or
        give you an edge over your competitors?

        For me, I found GA to fall short of what I wanted.

        What about for you? Well, you'll only find that
        out if you think about what you really need to
        know.

        To illustrate, here's one important feature I
        wanted - per visitor specific tracking.

        As in, it would be beneficial for me to know
        exactly the path an individual takes through
        my site, or where that individual came from,
        and so on.

        And the easier and faster that information
        can be relayed to me, the better. If I have
        to hunt for it, that's no good. If I have to
        wait for it, that's no good either.

        You won't get that information from GA. But
        maybe you don't need it, so no worries.

        So what DO you need?
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  • Profile picture of the author adsquare
    Google Analytics is most detailed. Use it
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  • Profile picture of the author Liquification
    One more vote for Google analytics. It's the easiest and most accurate that i have found.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
      What the others just said...

      Ralf
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Have you considered using Google Analytics?
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  • Profile picture of the author AndyM121
    In case anyone hasn't mentioned it....I'd say Google Analytics for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Powers
    Google Analytics,your best choice.Such tracking stats software can help you find out the resource of your visitors and help you make more specific and customized promotion schedule.You will benefit much from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylonious
    Google Analytics is definitely the best, but do you really trust Google if you're doing some Grey Hat SEO or PPC marketing.

    Are you sure they don't use your bounce rate to determine your PPC quality score?
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  • Profile picture of the author doctfeelgood
    I also agree with most of the comments google analytic works best for me and i did try a few other beforehand.
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  • Profile picture of the author danjensen
    Should i have a new account for each website?

    or just track them all with the same id?

    thanks for the help
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    • Profile picture of the author DASHBOY
      Hi you just track them all under the same account!

      If you select add new profile (top right, in the website profiles area)

      Thanks

      Graeme
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  • Profile picture of the author alpalm
    Hi,
    To track your website's traffic rank, just install the Alexa toolbar, and you can see changes in very few days. Encourage your friends to use the Alexa toolbar and rate your website's blog and bookmarks. In addition submit your website details to search engines, directories, articles, blogs, press releases, news letters, and social bookmarks.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamawebinc
      Originally Posted by alpalm View Post

      Hi,
      To track your website's traffic rank, just install the Alexa toolbar, and you can see changes in very few days. Encourage your friends to use the Alexa toolbar and rate your website's blog and bookmarks. In addition submit your website details to search engines, directories, articles, blogs, press releases, news letters, and social bookmarks.
      Alexa has many flaws. The biggest one being if your market is made up of nontech people, they will not have the alexa toolbar installed not will the have any interest in doing so.

      So you could actually have a much higher traffic rank than alexa would think you do.
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      • Profile picture of the author jamawebinc
        I always liked hitslink. I think their interface is very easy to use and they have realtime stats.

        You have to wonder why google doesn't give real time stats, they obviously have the technology to do so.

        A question I have is, if you use google analytics, can you use another tracker with it, like adtrackz?

        Adtrackz gives you special URL's to use to track your ads, like PPC ads on google adwords. But google needs to insert code automatically at the end of a url for proper tracking. Will google insert code at the end of a special adtrackz generated url like:

        ww.website.com/adtrackz/go.php?c=cat1&s=keyword1
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  • Profile picture of the author Sancho Sanches
    I have been using Google Analytics just for organic traffic tracking but I'm still on the lookout for something else. I don't like using too much from Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author CSSwilson
    GA all the way
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  • Profile picture of the author LauriNiskasaari
    I use Google Analytics for regular sites

    ...and for blogs I use free Icerocket tracker at: Blog Tracker - Free and Invisible, Blog Statistics and Hit Counter

    -Lauri
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  • Profile picture of the author samd123
    google analytics - so long as you're happy to have google watching your every move! If not then statcounter is an awesome free product also.

    By the way, I once used a filthy dirty rotten service where I'd tag all my ads with their tracking code. Their service kept going down (temporarily rendering my ads deadlinks also) so after writing to complain twice, on the third occasion I took away my business.

    However, what then followed was they shut down my links and left me with 6 months of links on my blog all defaulting to their sales page nyyyrrrgggg. Took an age and a long hunt for a plug in to locate and mass adjust all the links over hundreds of blog pages etc. Nothing worse than knowing that they are getting free advertising from their appalling service.

    morale of the tale? Don't become too dependent/attached with your tracking company - be sure you can get away with your links in place and they agree to that or else you may be left with that hugely frustrating experience I had.

    All the best

    Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author markbyrne
    I'm liking WassUp for Wordpress. I haven't had any issues with it. Its very easy to use, and fluid through the menus.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Powers
    Google Analytics is the best.But if you have to make another choice,I think there are still some good softwares for you to choose.I don't know whether you have used kayako support suite.It also works well.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebSolutionKey
    You can try statbrain.com,1010wins.com,statcounter.com and there are many more ways to track your site's traffic.
    But, my vote goes to Google Analytics...Lol


    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author ed41143
    Google Analytics will work for the majority of internet marketers, but there are a whole host of other programs, and I suggest you google for them and see which one fits your particular needs, much like JordanFrancis said above.

    Good luck and Merry Christmas!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author bocaj
    I've only been using Google analytics - and it's been working like a champ so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author abelacts
    Not that I don't like GA but for some reason I prefer web-stat. You can try it out for free to find out.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryansjones
    Another way you can check traffic is to get a hits counter. The only downside to that is that if you reload the page that it is on, it will count as a "visitor"
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