How do I track my traffic properly?

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Hello everyone,

I would like to know how I can properly tracking the traffics that are coming to my site (from where, from what keywords, how much of them etc etc)?

I see a lot of these stats from fellow warriors talking about their sites...

Please give me a hand on this!

UPDATED: Please refer to my latest question - #28

Thanks!

Jayne
#properly #track #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author condorx
    Hi,

    First,you could use your cpanel stats.

    Most people use prosper202 tracking tool which is free and very powerful.You can track everything that you mentioned above.

    Second alternative is adtrackzgold.This is not free but very powerful.(as far as i know,You can not track where the visitor come from)

    If you want basic tracking tools you can use shortening services like "bit.ly".

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author richardfranklin
    Google Analytics is a very popular tool that almost all of the SEO professionals use to track the traffic reports of their websites. It gives you a clear idea of what amount of traffic came form which of the sites and which of the keywords, locations etc. You need to only verify your website in google analytics and then you can track all things.

    Alternatively, you can use statcounter to track the traffic of your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author elexmedia
    You could use these:
    1. Google Analytic (the most popular)
    2. W3Counter
    3. Woopra
    4. Getclicky
    5. Statcounter
    6. Histats
    7. Crazyegg
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  • Profile picture of the author codyolson
    Hi Jayne,

    I'm fond if histats myself, its free and provides very detailed statistics, histats (dot) com

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  • Profile picture of the author volkansen
    I think Google Analytics is more than enough for that job.
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    • Profile picture of the author GeraldNitram
      Originally Posted by volkansen View Post

      I think Google Analytics is more than enough for that job.
      Yeah, I think so, too. If you're looking for other tools that you can use, you can check out ahrefs and the new Bing Webmaster Tools. SEOMoz just recently had a Whiteboard Friday episode about the latter. You should watch the video, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    Hi Jayne,

    Google Analytics is the industry standard. It's also free and easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    AWStats/WebTrends if you want to parse your log files (access_log/error_log) or Google Analytics/Clicky if you rather post code on your page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bret Ferguson
    I would concur with people on here Google Analytics www.google.com/analytics/

    It will let you track the source of the traffic, how long they are on your site, what pages they visit, new vs returning, demographics plus a lot more.

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  • Profile picture of the author JezWebb
    Yep, Google Analytics is remarkable, and getting better all the time. It provides amazing features like real time stats, and a visual representation of the flow of visitors through your site. You could spend days digging through all the detail!

    Some focus on what you want to achieve is key though. Set GA up to measure your important goals so you can then understand what leads to conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    I personally use Google Analytics, the majority of the time at least.

    For some reason, Analytics takes it upon itself to not load appropriately on my desk-top.

    When that happens, I use GetClicky.

    They are both good. Tomatoe, tomato, really. They all do the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Theeban
    I always stick with Google analytic for this purpose, Even there are myths that "having Google analytic may harm ranks on Google itself", I never give up it as far as it gives me better and clear ideas about site traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! I can't recommend you a specific software but there are lots of services for this. You should try and research some and read reviews about them. You should know more about the product. I hope that helped you in a way or so. Best of luck though.
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  • Profile picture of the author sham2
    There is no specific software but every one recommend Google analytic and i am getting good and accurate results with this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Google analytics for me :-)

    along with seeurank as well :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author ElaineHenderson
    I was using Google Analytic when I use to run a blog. It has lot of information about the traffic. Where it was coming from (I could see which of my back links where giving me traffic), if it was coming from Googles' search engine it was writing the keyword visitor used. Countries of my visitors where shown and many more I cannot remember now. I suggest you to try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author gary lee
    I used to use statcounter but switched to plain old google analytics and am getting better results with less work.
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  • Profile picture of the author AHayes183
    I second Woopra. They offer live tracking and are also developing their support chat pop up for services. Much easier to use over Google and you just need to download their plugin if you don't want to paste in any code.
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  • Profile picture of the author creativesweb
    Hello Jayne Miracle,

    I think they already mentioned but I would use Google Analytics for all this tracking you are trying to do. The new version of their site has all the tools needed for you to check on your relevant keywords, traffic sources and the like.

    Are you already getting SEO?

    Best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Ellie Days
    Thank you guys for so much tips and information on my question. For some reason however I find Google Analytics very hard to navigate, unless I'm setting up the wrong way.

    After I've logged into Google account(gmail), I was asked to "add accounts" (the confusing part), and the next step is to type in general information about the account (same thing as adding my websites, I assume).

    When that's all done, I can see a list of accounts I added (a list of my websites):

    And this is the most confusing part where there are "+" and "-" signs next to each accounts... Does that mean I was suppose to add all the websites under 1 account?
    Or, is it meant to have several tracking numbers that I'm suppose to install for each account(website)?

    Is it only me who's making it too complicated here, or?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer82
    Just use Google Analytics since it's the most authoritative for traffic tracking ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Rayeoh
    Jayne, you can try hypertracker... paid service though.
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveCraige
    as everybody has said. Google Analytics.

    what is your site? would love to check it out.

    Best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Outsourcingnerd
    Recently, I have been testing Getclicky - it has a nice interface, and works great in real time tracking. It has some likeable features like telling your average position in Google for your keywords.

    They have a free plan that monitors up to 3.000 daily page views, and it can be used on several domains.
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