[thelist] Traffic analysis for clients

Jono jono at charlestonwebsolutions.com
Sat Mar 11 20:59:07 CST 2006

> We have a large number of clients who want us to track their web traffic.
> ...
> Something free would be nice. A small charge is acceptable.

[1] StatCounter - http://www.statcounter.com/
StatCounter is free for the 100 most recent site visitors, and then you can
pay for additional log size.  It is very easy to use, and install, all you
need to do is add a few lines of JavaScript to each page in the site where
you want to track stats.  Here is what StatCounter offers:
Popular Pages
Entry Pages
Exit Pages
Came From
Keyword Analysis
Recent Keyword Activity
Recent Came From
Search Engine Wars
Visitor Paths
Visit Length
Returning Visits
Recent Pageload Activity
Recent Visitor Activity
System Stats
Lookup IP Address
You can try it for free ,and then, if you want more stats, you can start to
pat for it each month.

Host's Control Panel
[2] The Web site in question may be hosted by a host that provides stats as
part of the current hosting plan. Some hosts have what is called a Control
Panel, where the host can provide additional services such as site stats.
To see if the site's host has a Control Panel access, try the following:

Enter "/cpanel" after the ".com" of the Web site in question.  For example,

If the Control Panel exists, you should be prompted for a user name and

Here is what my current host offers:
Latest Visitors

[3] Google Analytics (as previously mentioned)
Analytics uses Urchin, which is a pretty popular pay-for stat tracker before
Google acquired the service and offered it up for free.  That info is pretty
thorough.  There have been reports that page load times sporadically
increase after installing the Analytics code on your Web site.  I have seen
this happen before, but it is very rare.

I'd suggest you check to see if you have cpanel on the site's host, and find
out what you already have, if anything, before exploring another options.

Good luck,

Jono Young
Designer | Developer | Illustrator
Charleston Web Solutions
"Bringing Higher Standards to the Lowcountry"

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