How to Track & Measure Your Blog Visitors – Get Clicky Review

by Tamal Anwar on Saturday, October 20, 2012

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measuring blog trafficDo you know how many people visit your blog? Do you have any idea from where they are coming, what they do and where they go?

If you don’t then you are doing a vital blogging mistake!

You need a way, a software to measure your blog visitors. You need to track it so you will know how you are doing with your blog.

And yes those fancy looking hit counters are not professional solutions when determining the success of your blog.

hit counters are lame

So, why you need to track your blog statistics?

Simply because you want to know whether your efforts in blogging are working or not? This in depth article will help you setup your own traffic analytic software and understand different key elements to track.

The number of visitors can be defined as a metric of success in blogging. The more visitors means more readers, more leads and more customers.

So far I have used google analytics for years to track my blog visitors.

You can read: How to setup google analytics on your blog

Few months ago I did a redesign of my blog and I wanted to use a different stat software for my blog. I was fed up with the idea that google was dominating the whole internet. And why would I give google access to my website statistics?

clicky-logoAnyways I came across Clicky web analytics.

I added that on my site and I must say, it changed  the way I used to look at my web analytics.

Clicky gives you a much more in depth view of your website visitors. Even better, it is real time. You can know how many people are reading your blog RIGHT NOW!

So how do I install Clicky on my site?

Go to GetClicky and sign up for your free account. Now add your site and you will be provided with a tracking code. It’s a code that looks something like this,

clicky tracking code

Where to find clicky code?

It’s located in Preference > Tracking code

clicky tracking code is here

Basically you have to put this code in your website HTML or at the site footer.

In wordpress,

There is a great plugin in wordpress by Yoast to add clicky on your blog.

Download it here: Clicky by Yoast

If you are using thesis theme, then go to thesis > Site options > Stats & Tracking Scripts and put it over there.

add tracking code in thesis theme

In blogger/blogspot,

Go to Layout and click to add a gadget and add an HTML gadget,

add html gadget in blogger

Now paste the code and save it. Make sure you put this gadget at the bottom of your blog layout, like in the footer,

add clicky in blogger

So right after you have successfully inserted your clicky code, you should start to access your traffic details within minutes.

clicky dashboard

In google analytics, things look like this,

google analytics dashboard

Now this is where Clicky beats google analytics. In the google analytics software you will have to wait 1-2 days to start seeing traffic.

Clicky shows you traffic as it happens and by the hour.

I can now see on which hours I get the most visitors.

So here is a quick overview of clicky dashboard,

The basics, it shows your traffic at a glance,

clicky blog tracker the basics

Visitors by hour,

clicky blog analytics visitors by hour

Incoming links that’s sending you traffic.

This is a great one so you can quickly see the pages that are linking your content and you can engage with them right away,

incoming links that are sending you traffic - clicky

Searches,

These are the top keywords that people type in google, bing, yahoo and sites to find your blog,

clicky analytics showing incoming search terms

Read: Attracting more blog traffic with long tail searches

Locale,

The countries that are sending you traffic,

countries that the traffic is coming from

Content,

All the pages of your blog ordered by views,

content box in clicky web analytics

Traffic sources,

the traffic sources box in clicky stat software

This is the best way to organize blog visitors by their source. You can easily see which sources are sending you traffic.

This is way better than the confusing google analytics dashboard where you are left with a pie chart.

google analytics traffic sources

How to understand your blog data?

Now after a while when you have generated enough data from your blog, let us analyze this. Now if you are a new blogger then this data may be too little to come to a conclusion. What we want to analyze should be a couple hundreds of visitors. Say, take 1 week worth of data if you have very low traffic at the moment.

On the basic box, you can see all sorts of data from your blog at a glance. Now allow me to quickly run though each of them,

Visitors: The total number of users that have visited your blog. Unique visitor (UV) means the person who has visited your blog once in the past 24 hour period. If the same person visits twice, then the number will be: 1 Unique Visitor and 2 Visitors. By default, there will be less UV’s then the number of total visitors.

visitors in clicky stat

A new visitor means that someone who has visited your website for the first time of their browsing history. Clicky sets a cookie (tracking code) in their computer to understand this.

Hint: The more is better

Actions: This is similar to page views in google analytics but it is more than page views. Basically clicky counts “actions” performed by the user. Say it can be a download, a page view, outgoing link, flash event or a video play. This makes it even more accurate.

actions and average actions in clicky

Similarly an average action is total actions divided by the number of users.

Hint: More actions are better

Total time & average time per visit *Important! This will be the gross amount of time people have taken to browse your blog. And the main important part is how long they read your blog on average. You want to make your blog sticky and make sure they stay there for longer.

average time per visit in clicky web analytics

Hint: More average time is better

Bounce rate *Important! A bounce rate is when someone comes to your blog and then exits your site without looking at another page. This is bad for your blog. Typically you want to make more people to read more of your pages. Getting traffic is hard so you have to make sure they are actively participating and convert into loyal readers.

bounce rate in clicky

Hint: The less bounce rate is better

Feeburner subscribers: If you have enabled the feedburner account in Clicky, you will see the number of feed readers of your blog.

Read: How to setup a feedburner account for your blog

IMPORTANT: The number of page views, average actions and bounce rate has a bigger impact on blog SEO. Google and other search engines want to send more people to active blogs. So if you are failing to engage readers, then you will not receive search engine traffic. Even worse you will lose leads & opportunities.

Clicking on any link will open a new page with even detailed measurements.

One great thing I like about Clicky is that I can track the hardware and mobile visitors that my blog is receiving,

From Platforms > Hardware -I can see all these mobile devices that I am getting traffic from.

mobile device traffic

In google analytics this was way too much complicated to understand.

Even I can see that game consoles that are browsing my blog!

traffic to my blog from gaming consoles

About plans and subscription

Clicky is a great piece of web software but the free plan has some limitations. You can track one website and limits upto 3000 visitor tracking a day. If you are a newbie in blogging, then go for the free plan and enjoy clicky, since as a new blogger you won’t probably have more than 3000 visitors a day.

Now when you are getting serious with you data and need to add 3 sites, then consider a subscription of as low as $4.99 a month.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start measuring your blog visitors.

Which web stat software you use? Do you use google analytics? Would you like to give Clicky a try after reading this review? Let me know in the comments please!

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  • Paul A. Wunderlich

    Excellent article. Sadly, I’ll have to stick with Google Analytics; I have various sites and can’t start a monthly fee of $5 right now. Maybe I’ll make the switch in the future. Thanks for the info!

    • Tamal Anwar

      Hey Paul, thanks for the comment. Well it has free version where you can track 1 website, it’s enough for 1 blog and to test things out and when you really think that it is okay to spend money for stat software, then make the switch.

  • https://www.facebook.com/markblog Mark Biplob

    I use, Google Analytics and StatCounter.com Multi Counter! StatCounter is best for me, an i love it. I think, Getclicky.com is same as StatCounter.com!

    • Tamal Anwar

      You should also try Clicky for a test drive sometimes.

  • http://roadtoblogging.com Istiak Rayhan

    Hey Tamal,
    Great review! I am using Google analytics now. And going to try this.

    • Tamal Anwar

      Cool! You will love this!

  • Rubel

    tomal vai bipode asi…adf.ly theke taka withdraw korte parsi na…bcz payza disable

    • Tamal Anwar

      Irrelevant comment

  • http://bn.rm2334.com Tawhidul Islam

    Excellent analytics , i use that also written bangla tuto on my blog :)

    • Tamal Anwar

      I just saw that yesterday, thanks a lot for mentioning my post, you are awesome!

  • http://techumber.com araivnd

    Hi tamal Thanks for this review!. My blogger analytic and Google analytic giving totally different results. I will try this and tell you.

    • Tamal Anwar

      That’s the sick thing, every stat program provides a very different overview of a website, none is accurate enough.

    • monir

      Very nice and informative post what i do not know before. Usually i use super-counter but now i will follow your way. Thank you again Tamal Anwar.

    • Tamal Anwar

      Sure!

  • Clicky

    Clicky blows. Try running a simple query like “show me all visitors for the past 30 days”. UI is definitely not easy to work with.

    • Tamal Anwar

      It shows the last 28 days of visitors. But if you want to see 1 month, then you can use the month name, say Nov 2012 to see all the visitors.