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Sep 18, 2007 17:50 |  #1

I am trying to decide between Webstats.com and StatCounter.

Anyone have experience with either program? Pros/cons? Feedback?

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Sep 18, 2007 18:04 |  #2

I use google's Analytics and it works very well. I'm not familiar with the two you mention, though.


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Sep 18, 2007 18:14 |  #3

Another Google Analytics user here.


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Sep 18, 2007 18:21 |  #4

awstats and google analytics user here.

i'm torn between the two. both are pretty powerful.


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Sep 18, 2007 19:03 |  #5

I use a whole range. To be quite honest I just don't find the stats at all practical. They're very interesting though.


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Sep 18, 2007 19:39 |  #6

rhys wrote in post #3959123 (external link)
I use a whole range. To be quite honest I just don't find the stats at all practical. They're very interesting though.

I suppose it depends on your marketing needs, rhys. I handle all marketing for a Real Estate company and I use Analytics daily on their website.

When we launch new campaigns in different cities's, Analytics will track the location of each visitor, how long they spent on the website, what pages they visit, and so much more.

It gives us a sort of "gradesheat" as to what layouts are working best in different publications and cities.

MOST importantly, it really helps me get new design jobs easier and keep the ones I have ;) ... With Analytics, I can give the client direct proof that a campaign is indeed getting responses not only from phonecalls on the layout, but also people trafficing to the website. A successfully printed campaign and layout will show up as a beautiful 'spike' on the Analytics timeline the day of and a few days after the layout goes to publication.


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Sep 18, 2007 20:05 |  #7

My company uses Web Log Expert (weblogexpert.com). There are 3 version, Lite (free), standard ($75.00) and Pro ($125.00). The nice thing about them is the pricing is lifetime. Every time they have a new version you get the update for free. It installs over the top of the old version and it keeps your setting. There is a new city and organization database every month available for free download. We started with them a couple of years ago and have gotten each upgrade when it became available. We were using Web Trends before going to Web Log Expert. Web Trends charges for each upgrade and if you miss one you have to buy the full package again at well over $1000.00. Web Log Expert does about 95% of what Web Trends does.

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Sep 18, 2007 20:25 |  #8

For me, they don't mean an awful lot because visitors don't turn into buyers more than 0.001% of the time. At least I found that with software. I found downloads of trial software resulted in 1 sale for every 50 downloads though.


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Sep 18, 2007 21:10 |  #9

I love awstats, it's free with my hosting and I don't have to do anything to set it up. I just click the link and I have a ton of information on my visitors. So far I've had no need to try Google Analytics, am I missing out not using Google Analytics?

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Sep 18, 2007 21:18 |  #10

awstats provided by host here. Thanks for the tip guys on Google Analytics, I'll be checking it out.


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Sep 19, 2007 07:18 as a reply to  @ burntpixel's post |  #11

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback. I checked out Google Analytics and it seems pretty good. However, it does lack some of the reporting capability that Web-Stats and StatCounter offer. But, then again, Google is free.

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Sep 19, 2007 07:22 |  #12

Actually I use Google Analytics, Awstats, and Webalizer on my server. I run my own server and like to have as many stats available to me as possible every 5 minutes. All my hosting clients like it also.


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Sep 19, 2007 07:25 as a reply to  @ audit's post |  #13

Statcounter user here. Excellent.


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Sep 19, 2007 07:36 |  #14

Google Analytics and Webalyzer here for personal/freelance client sites.

At work we use WebTrends which can dig real deep and allows us to offer individual tracking and accounts for our content licencees - way expensive though (around $9k/yr based on our current traffic levels).


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Sep 19, 2007 07:39 as a reply to  @ 40d's post |  #15

Another Google Analytics user here too. The new interface doesn't have all the functionality of the old, but it's still very good and the new option of being able to have reports automatically emailed to you is useful.


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