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August 23rd, 2007, 10:19 AM #1web analytics - what are U using?
I've been using Nettracker for several years and it works great.
But at this point it's no longer upgradeable, so I was looking for replacement software.
Anyone happy with what software you're using now?
August 23rd, 2007, 10:27 AM #2
Google analytics is certainly worth much more than its cost.I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die
to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there
isn't and die to find out there is.
August 23rd, 2007, 10:42 AM #3
August 23rd, 2007, 11:01 AM #4
A company I use to work with used HitBox, WebSideStory, or VisualSciences .. whatever they are going by these days. They were pretty good, and TONS of tools and reports. I liked them, went through a couple of their training courses .. not sure on the ticket though, an the last time I used it was a year ago.
August 23rd, 2007, 11:45 AM #5
I don't know anything about log files but I use Statcounter and Google Analytics. I don't really look at the Analytics because it confuses me, but I have it on my sites in case I decide to learn how to read the data.
August 23rd, 2007, 12:55 PM #6
August 23rd, 2007, 01:58 PM #7
I also use Statcounter - they make my stats easy and almost fun to read.
But yes, I'm not sure about its log file-processing capabilities - I think it's more rudimentary than that.[LEFT][FONT=Verdana]Amanda
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August 23rd, 2007, 02:27 PM #8
I use Google Analytics, Awstats, and Urchin. But for anything more detailed I compile my own stats.
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August 23rd, 2007, 02:48 PM #9
That's too bad about NetTracker. They were the last of the good and affordable log file processing systems. If you contact the Urchin (Google) people and ask for the dedicated, they may still sell that. I last asked about this early this year and they did have the old Urchin still around.
Over the years I used WebTrends (too way too much horsepower to run reports and not able to handle changes without running new reports) until I went crazy and dumped them for Urchin. I felt Urchin was slightly better than NetTracker when I bought it. I really liked Urchin, but when it came to upgrade they had already been bought by Google. I did not care for the first generation of stats from Google, so I went with a "real time" system (Hitslink) instead of the log file based system.
While it was some work to get the site set up for Hitslink (you need code on EVERY page), getting stats is easy. These types of packages report much lower numbers than log file solutions (at least they usually do and did for us), but they are also very good at weeding out bots and non-human activity.
I actually left Google analytics up on AdJungle and they have been making improvements. I'm not sure if it can compare to the more established companies yet, but they may get there. When you have a site with thousands of pages and thousands of keywords being used to find it, you need a solution that will give you this. Google did not when I looked a while back - but they might have that by now.
You can try Google since it is free and integrates well with AdWords, but also check out Hitslink as a viable option. Check out resources at the Web Analytics Association (http://webanalyticsassociation.org/) since they are the place for this as well.Brad Waller | VP, Business and Affiliate Development
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