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Recommend a decent alternative to Google Analytics

preferably a free analytics package

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

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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?
12:33 pm on June 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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


Piwik seems well liked by a number of posters here.
3:34 pm on June 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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People may laugh but I like StatCounter.
3:37 pm on June 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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.
3:48 pm on June 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I installed Piwik about a month and a half ago, it's pretty good.
9:39 pm on June 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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.
3:22 pm on July 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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 :-(
9:06 pm on July 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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)
9:27 am on July 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We moved from Statcounter to Piwik about a year ago, very happy camper
5:31 pm on July 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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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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