How would I find that how many users are visiting my site? Is that possible to have it as a report? i.e. daily, weekly etc.Question
The two word answer to your question is “web analytics”. Web analytics software will not only help you to track the number of visitors coming to your website, but would tell you where they came from, the amount of time they spent on your website, pages they visited, and a whole lot of other data pertaining to your website.
The data from your web analytics software is extremely useful in helping you fine tune your website and is a must have for anyone who owns a website or a blog. There is a plethora of web analytic software, both free and paid, which you can use to get all the data you are looking for. The only challenge you are likely to face is converting this raw data into information which can be acted upon.
Personally I prefer Google Analytics and I have various reasons to do so. It is free to use and will supply you with all the data that you need, at least at beginner and intermediate level. On top of this, it is simple to use and intuitive. Your can generate reports based on various dimensions, customize it, and export them in various formats. You could not ask for more from free-to-use software.
The installation process is simple. All you need to do is sign up for Google analytics (you can use an existing Google account), grab a tracking code and insert it in webpages you want to track – job done. Google will start tracking your website’s activities in the next 24-48 hours. You can refer to Google Analytics Installation Guide for step by step instructions.
Is there any other more advanced once using which I can track individual users as well? I can get generic stats using Google – but if I need to track specific users or registered users – what they see and do – is there any way to do?
Thanks for your help in advance
I have been using Piwik and have been very impressed by it, the major benefit is that i can set it to show realtime up to the minuet stats
And you can also hook GA up to Polaris, http://www.desktop-reporting.com/polaris.html, which makes it even better ?
“Is there any other more advanced once using which I can track individual users as well?”
take a look at Woopra at http://Woopra.com. I found it a little buggy but it did let you track individuals in real time including opening a window to talk to them
Hi there Steve, thank you for the new tracker for individual users, but I think it sounds not safe.
Can you give us tracker which is safe to use with? But I will try it then.:)
Is there an online tool that doesn’t need to paste the code inside the webpages? or install the software?
If you want to track visitors at an individual-level, as opposed to an aggregate view (like Google Analytics), check out http://www.springmetrics.com. They focus on tracking actual conversions (not just visitors), have a real-time dashboard and have a simple point-and-click approach to configuring it on your site.