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    Website statistics
    I'm looking for some type of prorgram that will show my sites hits/views/referrers etc. My host provides some stats, but they aren't very detailed and they don't update every day either. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Try Statcounter.com. They're free for up to 100 log entries, and still pretty cheap afterwards. Easy to implement, and easy to read. AWStats is also pretty good.

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    If you're looking for free you can try:
    http://www.sitemeter.com/ ABW uses the paid version I believe
    http://extremetracking.com/ Free, I use with my blogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustNo1
    If you're looking for free you can try:
    http://www.sitemeter.com/ ABW uses the paid version I believe
    http://extremetracking.com/ Free, I use with my blogs
    I use extremetracking.com -- I find it extremely helpful and it doesn't use cookies.
    I've been using the tracker since 1998.

    Edit: extremetracking.com has 2 options: free or fee

    I use the free which means that other people can read my stats (but my stats usually confuse other people so I don't care -- I like to show off stats but now extremetracking is telling me to update to a new version so the earlier stats will just be floating around in cyberspace if I do so).

    Or you can pay for private stats.

    Some people here are enthusiastic about Google analytics.
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    tlovett1 - check with your web host. I have never seen a hosting plan that does not provide website stats. Generally your web host will provide a more detailed overview than most of the free counters. Also the free counters can eat traffic and often share your site date with the general public and the search engines.

    You probably do not want people to know how much or how little traffic you have.

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    Most hosts have a http://www.yourdomain/cpanel/

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    GOOGLE ANALYTICS!

    It's extremely comprehensive, easy to install, and FREE! And I think they are finally accepting new accounts.

    www.google.com/analytics

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    I would also recommend google analytics. Not only is it free, but it gets more granular with the data than some of these other analytical companies.

    Another plus is you don't have to display some lame tracking banner on your site, just place the pixel on your pages and it tracks.
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    A third vote for Google Analytics. Very powerful for a free tool!

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    Google analytics. Well that is a duh! Man - combine that with your adwords account. Throw in funnel and conversion tracking. You'd be lucky to find a better package than that. Even if they are not accepting new accounts sign up for one. That way they will suprise you with a present one day!
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    I wonder if the opinion on Google Analytics is different from merchants to affiliates.

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    I'd be surprised if it was. Affiliates have less to track, but it is still a might powerful tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pageBuzz.com
    tlovett1 - check with your web host. I have never seen a hosting plan that does not provide website stats. Generally your web host will provide a more detailed overview than most of the free counters. Also the free counters can eat traffic and often share your site date with the general public and the search engines.

    You probably do not want people to know how much or how little traffic you have.
    That's almost automatically done with Alexa if you ask me. I would also go with google on this. Although I use all 3 of my stat trackers in my site, I understand them and to me they are detailed. Especially urchin.

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    Just a question:
    What is the most important statistic... visitors, unique visitors or page views?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GigaGolf
    Just a question:
    What is the most important statistic... visitors, unique visitors or page views?
    Depending on what you are trying to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GigaGolf
    Just a question:
    What is the most important statistic... visitors, unique visitors or page views?
    Always page views.
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    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

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    Thanks Mike and CDMall...

    What would be the ideal ratio between the three?

    In other words for every visitor how many pages would you like them to see?

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    What would be the ideal ratio between the three?
    Well, how many steps does it take to complete an order? If you can go from your hompage to a purchase in 4 pages, then you want each unique visitor to at least see 4 pages. If they are seeing less, they are certainly not making sales.

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    I was doing some research on this yesterday and I found a really interesting tracking company called elitics. I actually went through about an hour long call with a representative and he gave me a demo of the system. VERY ANALYTICAL. It has much more to offer than google analytics (but then again isn't free). This is probably a much more practical tool for a merchant who wants to tighten up their marketing strategy and learn more about their customers coming through their website.

    Just thought I'd share.
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    Another vote for GOOGLE ANALYTICS!

    For a service that's free, it sure is comprehensive. It will also allow you to set goals where you check out your conversion rates of visitors to your site.

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    On the Google bandwagon. It's great addition to using a log analyzer because of the cookie and being able to better understand your web traffic. Also intergrating with your adwords and you're set.

    Until you get into a world where you're driving tons of traffic and want to slice and dice the info for marketing purposes, you can't go wrong.

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    I agree that Google Analytics is the way to go. Why pay for subpar stat software when this is free. It's based on Urchin which used to cost quite a hefty sum to use, so there's no question about the quality.

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    Don't really have much to compare it to since I never had any type of stats before but I love Google Analytics.....if I ever figure out how to analyze everything it tells ya lol I'll love it even more....

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