7 of the Best Website Analytics Tools Available

Analytic Tools

Ever since eCommerce has started to expand there have been various website analytics tools released for public use by a large number of enterprises. While it is true that most of them are available to be used for free, the question still remains as to which one of them offers the better service and the more accurate data analysis.

Even though you are in no way forced to make use of one service over another, using them all is going to take up far too much of your valuable time; considering that there are only 24 hours in a single day. So here is a little guide which gives an overview of the main website analytics service providers out there

Google Analytics
Ever since being implemented in 2006 Google Analytics has quickly become a crowd favorite with the ability to keep track of multiple websites, monitor social network activity, the ability to track mobile phone users, not to mention the ability to measure video traffic. The tool itself is free and can be accessed online.

Check out Google Analytics

Clicky Analytics
Even though they may have had some performance problems in the past, Clicky Analytics has evolved to become one of the most comprehensive offerings on the web. It basically measures everything you would expect such a tool to measure, with the best part being that it tracks everything in real-time, rather than providing statistics, which are a day old. There are both free and paid plans available.

The paid option provides incredible value for money. This, incidentally is the analytics package we are happy using for our invoice software website.

Check out Clicky Analytics

Statcounter
Just like the previous website described, StatCounter’s main strength is the fact that it allows the user to actually take advantage of seeing statistics in real time. There is a free service although it only allows 500 log-sizes and 250,000 pageloads. Naturally, there are paid plans in order to lift the bar on those restrictions.

Check out Statscounter

Piwik
Piwik is an open source analytics package, meaning that you will have to install it on a server to use it. It is an excellent website analytics tool as it is extremely easy to set up and provides a very extensive analysis of anything related to your subject. In addition to that, there is a very strong community behind it which means the tool will keep on growing and improving. Piwik is free and can be downloaded.

Check out Piwik

Woopra
Going the extra mile, Woopra’s website analytics tool offers real-time analysis, the ability to instantly chat with visitors that are online, extensive data reports that can be customized, a very user-friendly interface, not to mention that it is easy to install and comes with a very helpful guide. While there is a free plan, it is somewhat limited and most people will probably want to go for a paid option.

Check out Woopra

Yahoo! Web Analytics
Quite recently launching the version 9.5, the Yahoo! Web Analytics tool has made a name for itself mainly because of the precision of its analysis as well as how nicely everything is laid out. You have the ability to customize the reports and everything is analyzed with real-time reporting.

Check out Yahoo Analytics

Mint Analytics
Finally there is Mint Analytics, a self-hosted analytics application which is somewhat complicated to install for those who don’t know how to set up a database for it. Coming at a price of $30 per website it isn’t cheap, but Mint Analytics offers a very smooth interface as well as the ability to do things such as focus on individual visitors. However, it is not the most practical solution for monitoring traffic through multiple websites.

Check out Mint Analytics

Which analytic tools do you use for your website ?

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  • Jasmine March 29, 2012, 11:18 pm

    This is a really good collection of analytic tools. My favorite and the most familiar one is Google Analytics as it’s easy to use, and has lots of features. However, the other tools in the list I think are worth a try too, thanks for this sharing!

  • Poster Printing March 30, 2012, 2:36 am

    I only tried Google Analytics. It seems reliable enough compared to the other tools but I’m not sure because I haven’t tried them all. Also, some of them cost too much.
    -Dorothy

  • Goa trip March 30, 2012, 4:01 am

    Seems like pretty cool for much more advantages which will be perfect for our work and i am using Google Analytics which is giving good response.

  • Ahura March 30, 2012, 5:47 am

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    • ZK March 30, 2012, 3:20 pm

      @Ahura thanks for sharing this..look promising

  • vicky March 30, 2012, 10:28 am

    nice collection.but no one going to beat google analytics.

  • bryan March 30, 2012, 10:50 am

    excellent collection of analytic tools. ive only used Google Analytics, i love it, its easy to use and has lots of great features

  • ZK March 30, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Seems like a lot of us use Google Analytics, any one using any eye tracking analytics tool ?

    • Jasmine April 1, 2012, 10:11 pm

      ZK, nope. How’s your experience with these eye tracking analytic tools?

  • rakesh kumar March 31, 2012, 10:06 am

    Have not any one else for my website tracking. Neil Patel’s Kismatrics is not here. That was a little bit disappointment for me otherwise a great list.

  • conference merchandise April 1, 2012, 1:10 am

    I didn’t know that Google Anaytics is free. Thanks for letting me know. I shall set it up and study its functions, such that I’ll know what’s going on with my site.

  • Letting Agents in Enfield April 1, 2012, 10:16 am

    I think Google Analytic tool is the best among all other Analytic Tool because it is very easy to use and it give best results….

  • Letting Agents Enfield April 1, 2012, 10:28 am

    Yahoo Analytic is also good but it is not free other wise it provides more accurate data than Google

  • Berlin April 1, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Ever since being implemented in 2006 Google Analytics has quickly become a crowd favorite with the ability to keep track of multiple websites, monitor social network activity, the ability to track mobile phone users, not to mention the ability to measure video traffic. The tool itself is free and can be accessed online. Google Analytics i use it and its the best .!! other tools are also sound interesting i will try those ones also ..!!

  • irenelim April 2, 2012, 2:03 am

    I also heard about Google Analytics, and it’s easier to use. I think I will try to check out others too. Thanks for sharing.

  • JJ @ Fargo Wine Delivery April 2, 2012, 11:18 am

    mint analytics is really for SEO experts, the amount of custom segments that you can put together to really drill down your data is astounding.

  • Bob @ Colorado White Water Rafting April 2, 2012, 11:20 am

    Whoopra is the best compliment to a basic analytics package, if you don’t want to spend a lot of cash. the real-time component is awesome, compared with the home screen of the new analytics and visitors flow can really help define goal funnels.

  • Henry Seo April 2, 2012, 11:27 am

    Great tips. I spend a full day on Google Analytics yesterday, and was wondering what other alternatives are available. Wonder if there is a tool that can easily create custom reporting , without us having to meddle and create series of dashboards.

  • tips for beauty April 3, 2012, 5:21 pm

    Google analytics is best. Yahoo web analysis should be on second position.

  • Social Networking Development April 5, 2012, 5:41 am

    That is a great list and I think Google Analytics and Statscounter are really good. I am using Google Analytics and this is amazing.

  • Nanvy @ CRM Software Solutions April 13, 2012, 2:22 am

    I am quite aware of Google Analytics and Statecounter. They are really good web analytics tools to use. I have come to know first time for other tools except these two.

  • Realtime website analytics April 16, 2012, 6:57 am

    Good list of website analysis tool.Website Analytics are a very important tool in understanding your demographics and what drives yourbusiness online. The secret to increasing sales is to know your customers, where they came from, what their searching trends and purchasing cycle are.