Site stats can be incredibly addictive for webmasters, and if you’ve been working on websites for any time at all, you are probably very familiar with Google Analytics. However, you may not be familiar with another useful tool: Clicky Analytics.
Like Google’s system, Clicky Analytics records data on your sites’ traffic, but one of the biggest advantages of Clicky is that the statistics are real time. With other analytics programs, you have to wait for the data to process before you can view it. With Clicky, you can view the traffic data as soon as it hits your websites.
This data is then displayed in very intuitive charts and graphs. By default, you will see the real time site stats for the current day, hour-by-hour, with the previous day’s stats displayed for quick comparison. Readily available on your Clicky dashboard (in addition to the basic information such as number of visitors, time spent on your site, etc.), you will also see widgets for inbound links to your site, popular search terms that brought visitors, your most popular content, and where your visitors are from geographically.
Clicky is also easily integrated into your workflow. Right on the Clicky website, you will find links for plugins for your data to be displayed directly in the administrative menus of WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and other popular content management systems. Not at a computer? Quickly check your site stats remotely with mobile ClickyTouch App for iPhone and iPad or the ClickyDroid App for Android.
I’ve been using Clicky for a few weeks now, and I find it to be a great supplement to Google Analytics. But you don’t have to take my word for it. All new accounts get free Pro-level service for the first 21 days. After that, if you want to keep using Clicky for free, they will track the stats for your first 3,000 visits per day at no charge. A reasonably priced tier structure is always there for you if you want to upgrade later.
Ready to get started? Click either Clicky graphic on this post or follow this link to get started measuring your site stats with Clicky.