Woopra, the best free Analytics
Google Analytics is almost the default free service for any blogger, and for good reason. Itâ€™s a solid service, essential for anyone needing to track visitor statistics and create a successful blog.
The biggest complaint I hear around however is over the fact Google Analytics doesnâ€™t have any kind of â€˜live trackingâ€™ functions, statistics refresh just once per 24hours which can become a pain with time.
Woopra is a real-time tracking service with a huge range of features and is also completely free at the moment, although premium services will eventually be available.
Woopra is also in private beta, although by signing up thereâ€™s a good chance youâ€™ll be accepted fairly promptly. Current restrictions also include the number of websites you can have tracked for the beta.
Woopra is a desktop application, although a basic version exists online, nothing compared to Google Analytics however. I prefer using a desktop program however as they perform better, can have more intuitive interfaces and more advanced features.
The standout Woopra features include:
- Live Tracking
Visitor tracking updated in real-time, dozens of other analytics updated several times a day. Live tracking is particularly useful for reacting to sudden events such as a Digg traffic surge etc.
- Rich User Interface
Great UI combined with easy to use data representation tools and overlays.
- Multiple Site Monitoring
- Deep Analytics and Search Capabilities
Huge range of data, all indexed for easy searching such as â€œSpecific user names, IP addresses, geographic locations, user browsing data, visitor history, visitor paths, arrival and departure pointsâ€
- Instant Chatting
A little creepy, but you can make a chat box pop-up in any site visitors browser. Not sure how many people would accept this and have a conversation.
- Visitor Tagging
Recognise and monitor types of users and regular visitors.
- Real-time Notifications
Define actions then receive notifications.
Integrate with WordPress (and other blog platforms) to get dashboard access to Woopra statistics. Also a wide range of developer tools enable plugins and applications to take advantage of the Woopra platform.
I highly recommend you giving this service a try!