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Google Analytics, Click Tracks, Web Trends - What's The Difference
Posted 04 May 2007 - 09:07 AM
I have hesitated purchasing a tracking software, basically because the company that hosts our website does not keep the log files (don't get me started). For that reason, I cannot test these programs. That's where you come in.
I am about a month out from having a new site with a new company and I'd like to start looking into tracking software, but I'm questioning whether Click Tracks or Web Trends is any better than what Google Analytics already offers me.
1. How beneficial are those robot reports offered by Click Tracks?
2. Is Click Tracks or Web Trends more organized? Can the data be sorted according to what I want to review and then put into a specific spreadsheet?
3. Is it smart to just stick with Analytics?
4. The new web company offers Urchin Reports, isn't this similar to Google Analytics?
Your input is appreciated.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:09 PM
#3 To me it depends upon if you have any problems with data about every visitor, where they come from and what they did on your site to a 3rd party. I have an issue with this personally so will not use GoAn or any 3rd part stats package on any of my e-comm sites. I do use GoAn on a couple of personal sites just to see what it was like, but that's it.
#4 Urchin was the name of the software what Google Analytics was built on. Google bought them a year or so ago, and started offering the GoAn product that uses much of the Urchin back end. They're not exactly the same (they've not yet upgraded the Installed version of Urchin to my knowledge) and it depends a bit upon which modules your host makes available. If your host's installed version of Urchin supports UTM (Urchin Traffic Monitor - most will) and Urchin's E-Commerce Module you'll be able to crank out some pretty amazing stats regarding conversions. All in all GoAn and Urchin are pretty similar. Just that Urchin is installed on your server --thus doesn't share data with Google-- and the other sends the data over to their servers.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:25 PM
So, it helps you troubleshoot where the bot might be getting stuck. If you think this would be beneficial, then it is!
#2 CT allows you to export different reports to excel. I haven't really done this much, but I think you'll have to do the sorting in excel.
Edited by jtaylor123, 04 May 2007 - 12:30 PM.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 06:05 PM
If it doesn't, try something else.
Posted 08 May 2007 - 09:44 PM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 11:29 PM
And Avinash Kaushik really loves it:
It sounds like a lot to love. Especially for something free.
Posted 15 May 2007 - 05:53 AM
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Posted 15 May 2007 - 06:03 AM
but the keyword data will be accurate if you use a tool like weblog expert
Posted 15 May 2007 - 10:35 AM
Both logfiles analysers and scripting methods have there own (in)accuracies. They measure in a different way but they both provide a good source of information. AFAIK they both use the keyword data sent by the browser so there won't be any differences there.
Posted 25 May 2007 - 04:54 AM
My google analytics stats are considerably lower than log analysis.
Is this because of the security settings in IE?
How can you then use this stats if its inaccurate?
Posted 25 May 2007 - 10:25 AM
It's best to look at trends over time instead of comparing two analytic types.
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