Woopra, the best free Analytics

Aug 11, 2008
Updated • Mar 15, 2012
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Google Analytics is almost the default free service for any blogger, and for good reason. It’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 doesn’t have any kind of ‘live tracking’ functions, statistics refresh just once per 24hours which can become a pain with time.

Enter Woopra.

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 there’s a good chance you’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 “Specific user names, IP addresses, geographic locations, user browsing data, visitor history, visitor paths, arrival and departure points”
  • 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.
  • Integration
    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!



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  1. Mosey said on August 13, 2008 at 3:36 am

    I only wish my sites were popular enough to allow me to ‘freak out’ site visitors with chat. I hear 1.2 of Woopra just came out ~~

  2. Ky said on August 12, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and the most I like most is its accuracy. There’s isn’t, however, the option to filter your own visits yet.

  3. Rarst said on August 12, 2008 at 6:13 am

    >I will use this just for the chat thing!!!

    Evil… :)

  4. darkkosmos said on August 11, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    OMG I will use this just for the chat thing!!! Thanks!!

  5. Rarst said on August 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Ok, I hunted their woopra.js in the wild… 6Kb. If I am not missing anything and it doesn’t load more – I am VERY impressed.

    *heads to sign up*

  6. Josh said on August 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Yea it truly is freaky…

    @Martin… ah okay … ill have to check that out =P

  7. novice said on August 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    what about statcounter. it is free and gives you all the stats. real time tracking too. and statcounter is not even beta. how does Woopra compares to statcounter?

  8. Martin said on August 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Btw it’s not really true that Google Analytics only refreshes once every 24h, you simply have to select the current day as well to see those stats.

  9. Rarst said on August 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Guess I’ll have to find out on my own later today… I strongly suspect it’s way more than I’d like. :)

    PS chat feature really wins “freak out your your reader” competition.

  10. Josh said on August 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Oh I actually don’t really know sorry… haha

  11. Rarst said on August 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    What is weight of script it adds to page?

    I had only yesterday added Google analytics to track some specific stuff log-analyzing provided by hoster can’t show. And 20Kb for it adds is barely acceptable price of satisfying curiosity for minimalistic me. :)

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