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Recommend a decent alternative to Google Analytics
preferably a free analytics package
fom2001uk




msg:4470001
 10:40 am on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

After months of battling the retarded changes at GA - loss of keyword referral data, loss of old version reporting (and the new version sucks so bad), and now a complete loss of data, I've had enough with them. It's been a log time since I used any other analytics package so I'm not sure what's out there now. Can anyone recommend anything decent, that's free or very cheap?

 

g1smd




msg:4470040
 12:33 pm on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

The link to old analytics is at the bottom of the page.


Piwik seems well liked by a number of posters here.

Panthro




msg:4470143
 3:34 pm on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

People may laugh but I like StatCounter.

martinibuster




msg:4470148
 3:37 pm on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

GetClicky [getclicky.com]. I find their interface a bit user unfriendly, could be better designed so that things you need to find are at your fingertips rather than several clicks deep.

There's also OpenTracker [opentracker.net]. On the plus side their interface is well thought out. On the negative side, the people who run it have lousy customer service skills, they can be very rude. So if that's important to you then avoid OpenTracker.

Swanny007




msg:4470152
 3:48 pm on Jun 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

I installed Piwik about a month and a half ago, it's pretty good.

diberry




msg:4471349
 9:39 pm on Jun 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'm with Martinibuster on GetClicky. It's very powerful, and very affordable (at low levels of traffic, it's even free). The interface could be more intuitive, but you just need to explore. And read the blog.

fom2001uk




msg:4471515
 3:22 pm on Jul 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the recommendations. I will check all those out.

BTW I'm aware of the link to the old version GA. It's not finding it that the problem - it just doesn't work. It just takes you the new version. I've checked this on the Google Webmaster forum and lots of people have the same problem (as well as the deletion of old data). In typical Google style, there are no posted solutions :-(

Digmen1




msg:4471935
 9:06 pm on Jul 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

I use StatCounter
It has quite a few good reports which are easy to access.
You can use it for free.

(I find Google Analytics very clunky and time consuming)

Alex_TJ




msg:4475594
 9:27 am on Jul 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

We moved from Statcounter to Piwik about a year ago, very happy camper

jimbeetle




msg:4475657
 5:31 pm on Jul 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

Don't forget to check what your host might already offer. Many have at least one analytics package preinstalled, sometimes two or three. Depending on exaxtly what info you need they might work.

fom2001uk




msg:4483173
 12:00 pm on Aug 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

I like the look of GetClicky. Reports are well presented, and you can dig into the data and get a lot of useful meterics. Just a shame Google has screwed everyone by blocking the keyword referrals. I'm seeing 90%+ of keywords hidden from view in the reports :-(

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