5 Great Website Traffic Monitoring Methods

Having a portfolio website is an essential aspect of many designers lives, and optimizing and monitoring your site will benefit you in many ways. If you are seeking freelance work and more recognition then yo will need a to use one or several of these website traffic monitoring methods.

These program will allow you to monitor many different stats such as total visitors, unique visitors, page views, browsers used, location of users, keywords used to find your site, sites that linked to you and much, much more.

All this information is key to growing ones website and freelance career. Most of these programs are very easy to use and install, some are free and the paid ones are still affordable and have great additional features. If you are going to use one or more of these programs, I would recommend at least setting up Google Analytics.

1. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the industry standard when it comes to website traffic monitoring. It is incredibly easy to set up and will start collecting data soon after you implement it. You can track everything you could dream of with Google Analytics and if you are going to use any stat monitoring program, be sure to use this one!

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2. AWStats

This is another free way to track a good amount of your server’s stats. Its not as in depth as Google Analytics, but it is free and comes with most web hosting packages so ask your hosting provider how to get this working!

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3. Mint

Mint is a cool new way to track stats. It costs money to buy but has cool “peppers” that you can add to the program to show more types of stats. People develop these peppers and then you download and install them on your account. Mint takes a bit more work to set up, but the cool part is there is a desktop widget available for Mac users which can allow you to access your stats with the click of a button!

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4. Clicky

Clicky is known as the web 2.0 stat monitoring program and has a sleek and clean interface combined with powerful features. Its easy to use and will provide you with all the stats you could possibly dream of, in real time.

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5. Site Meter

Site Meter is another popular choice for webmasters. It tracks all kinds of information in real time so you will have a solid idea of who is visiting your site, how they found you, where they came from, what interests them and so on.

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What website traffic monitoring methods do you use? let us know which are your favorites in the comments and how they help you run your portfolio site!

18 comments on “5 Great Website Traffic Monitoring Methods”

  1. April Holle Reply

    I personally use google analytics and mint. I love having the extra data regarding visitor location, etc that google provides, but I also like the in real time data mint provides as well.

    One thing this article doesn’t mention is blogs and rss feeds. If you have an rss feed I strongly recommend setting up Feedburner for it so you can track your subscribers, daily rss hits and clicks back to your blog.

  2. Marcel Reply

    Great list, but you forget Reinvigorate, an old and amazing free service that also offer “Snoop” a brilliant tool that streams events (the stats) in real-time, both for PC and Mac.

  3. Robin Reply

    Thanks for the list, never heard of awstats i guess i will have a look. Anyhow i’m looking for Google Analytics free alternatives and lately impressed with Woopra and Piwik.

    Woopra has a desktop app option and it has a very cool interface, however, i’m still experimenting with piwik as it is a self hosted analytics solution and they have site traffic gadget in real time, in case you want to show it off.

  4. Ian Reply

    Nice list, another one I recently tried out is crazy egg.

    http://crazyegg.com/

    This does overlays on your site with details on where users clicked and how many times. It also has heat map overlays and one called confetti which shows more details about the users. Very cool, and you can set it up on a few pages for free with up to 5000 visitors.

  5. Bart Reply

    I’m mainly using Google Analytics but also Microsoft Adcenter Analytics (Gatineau). I’ve used Mint before, but with >1000 unique visitors per day it collects way too much information on your server. It’s good for smaller websites, but not for bigger ones (it uses a database request for each page visit). Crazyegg is nice too but it delayed the page loading time so I removed it after a few days.

  6. Moni Reply

    really cool stuff, i love one of the tracking tools used over at http://www.shoutingzone.com because it lets you know where they go after they have been to your site too :D

    They have this tool listed on their forum that reads a users css cookie or something to see if they have been to a number of other forums, list of sites can be manually played around with and as large as 2-5k sites to cross check. Think thats what the marketing industry needs to find out who their competitors are and such!

    Again, great post :)

  7. Rexibit Web Services Reply

    This is a very good article for listing the types of monitoring software out there. I personally enjoy Google Analytics. They have added some very handy tools such as “site analysis” which lets you view how someone uses your site.

  8. Angie Bowen Reply

    Great list, Google Analytics is pretty much a must have for any website owner. I also second April’s suggestion of Feedburner if you have a blog.

  9. Justin Reply

    Is it possible to monitor traffic on a site without having any way to edit it? From the outside. Like the amount of traffic you are receiving on an affiliate link.

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