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Which Tracker?

Postby mystery777 » Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:49 am

Hi guys,

I am looking for a good comprehensive tracker. I want something that will allow you to see the number of visitors to your site, the path they took through your site, the country they came from, the site or search engine that referred them, the keywords that they searched on etc. Do trackers provide all that or is it a hit-counters job? I also want it to be easy to use and view as much as possible. I am considering maybe adminder or hypertracker...which one is better?

Another question: how do I make the affiliate numbers in links invisible, also invisible as in when pointing to the link, the affiliate link doesn't appear at the bottom, but is substituted by words of my choice, so that they won't get hacked?..... If I ever needed a hit-counter in every page, then how do I make it invisible as well?

I heard about a free hit counter at sitemeter.com, does it provide full details? That's a stack of questions I know, but I hope that I get to find the answers here without boring a lot of members.

Help appreciated..
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Postby annalaurabrown » Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:12 pm

I am not very well educated with trackers but I would tend to say that any tracker that is free is not going to give you all those details.
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Statcounter

Postby zedbiz » Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:17 pm

Try statcounter.com

It is a great free visitor tracker.

hope that helps
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Postby Dale King » Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:50 pm

Hello mystery:

Statcounter and Sitemeter or both excellent. Regarding your URL, try CompactURL.com

For example: With Compact URL, You can hide your affiliate URLs. A URL like this http://www.my-internet-isp.com/~myaffiliatename
by entering that URL into CompactURL, will create a URL like this: http://compacturl.com/3pyt

Or you can buy AffiliateLinkCloaker.com
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Postby Lynn Terry » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:52 pm

Clickalyzer.com sounds like what you are looking for. I think there are similar services as well. You do put code on your pages, but nothing shows up on your actual web page - so visitors wont even notice a difference. The stats are offsite.

To cloak a link like you mentioned, I use a mouseover. Like this:

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<a onmouseover="window.status='http://www.turnwordsintotraffic.com'; return true" onmouseout="window.status=''" href="http://hop.clickbank.net/?lynnwsn/ezarticles">text here</a>


I use that on this page if you want to see how it works:
http://www.selfstartersweeklytips.com/r ... raffic.htm

Hope that helps...
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Postby ElevatingYourBusiness » Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:27 pm

Mystery,

Have you checked with your hosting site to see what they offer for free. The company I use offers 3 different alternatives.
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Postby mystery777 » Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:15 am

Hi everyone and thanks for your replies. I'll check out every tracker and hit counter/ cloaker you mentioned and will inform you which one I'll be using.

At the mean time my host doesn't provide all the details I'm looking for, and it's not easy to use..... I guess you have to pay to get what you really want ;)
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Postby CorpRebel » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:59 pm

Hello!

I've tried some of those "basic trackers" but I've gotten to the point that I don't want to use a third-party hosted ad tracker like Adminder, though that is a very good setup.

I've started to lean towards an ad tracking script that is installed on my site and I have total control over it. I'm coverting my sites using AdTrackz - Details Here ... .

Turn This Obvious Tracking Link:
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http://www.yourdomain.com/a/go.php?c=clickhere


Into This:
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http://www.yourdomain.com/clickhere/


Looks cleaner too! :wink:

Lots of useful features. I have not utilized all of them yet but they're there when I need them. For the price I'm happy with it so far.

My 3 centz, anyway ...


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Postby mystery777 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:47 am

Hi CorpRebel,

I tried scripts at the begining, but ended up thinking that they are only for advanced users who know programming. Is the service you use free?
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Postby CorpRebel » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:24 pm

mystery777 wrote:I tried scripts at the begining, but ended up thinking that they are only for advanced users who know programming.


I know it can be daunting at first. I'm no programmer but I've learned over time to install many of the various scripts I have been using. If you understand the basics of using:

FTP (uploading files)
CHMOD (changing permissions)
MYSql (setting up a database on your hosting)

You should be okay. The instructions were pretty simple. But he does offer to install it for a fee. I'm not quite sure exactly what that fee is is now but I doubt it's much as it's a quick install.

David Zohar, the creator of this script, has been around for quite awhile.

You can check out ALL the details at ==> AdTrackz Details Here ...

Is the service you use free?
No, it's not. The Ad-Trackz script is NOW only $67. I bought it a year ago for $97! :roll:

I really don't know of any good reliable "free" trackers for you to check. The previous posters have mentioned a couple already. Might also try a search on "ad trackers" and see what's out there. :wink:


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Postby Paul Wilson » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:47 pm

It's so many trackers on the Market. You want a list?

Ad-Alyzer
Hits Connect
Tracking Studio
Track That Ad(FREE)
Clickalyzer(Tracks Affiliate Websites and $600.00 for a lifetime membership)
Ad-Trackz(Rick mentioned that and it's also a script)
Ad Tracking Pro(Script)
Hyper Tracker
Ad Minder
My Ads Tracker
http://www.myadstracker.com/

Tracker Links

You may want to go to Harvey Segal's site here:

http://www.ad-tracking.com/reviews.html
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Postby Ladan Lashkari » Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:49 am

There are two types of "trackers":

1. Traffic Analysis Programs or Scripts

These tools will give you such information:

* Popular pages (most visited pages of your site)
* Entry pages (which pages most people have entered your website from)
* Exit pages (which pages most people have exited your website from)
* Referring URLs (which websites have sent you visitors)
* Referring search engines
* Searched keywords (which keywords people have searched for that they have found your website)
* Your visitors' browser version, operating system, IP address, and so on

I've tried many free and paid traffic analysis solutions out there so what I'm recommending comes from my personal experience:

For free traffic analysis resources, Google Analytics is the best tool I've ever found. It's so good that I wonder why it's free. Besides this, StatCounter and OneStatFree are two of the best tools too.

For a more complete paid solution, I highly recommend CNstats. Actually this is one of the tools I use for my websites right now.

2. Ad Tracking Scripts


They are very valuable when it comes to testing and tracking your different marketing and promotional strategies and campaigns.

For example let's say you have posted an ad in 5 different ezines and you want to know how many visitors each ad has pulled, how many of them have download your free report, and how many have placed an order after a while.

Knowing this information is VERY powerful because you'll find out which parts of your campaign are weak and you need to fix them, and which ones are fantastic and you should continue using them.

I tried several different ad tracking scripts and programs and none of them offered all the necessary features that I was looking for. But then I found AdTrackz and really loved it. I'm still using it and it's really amazing.

It's not free though but if you're serious about your marketing and business success, this one-time investment is definitely worth it and will pay for itself many times over. It definitely did for me. :)

Wish you the best of luck!
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Postby eide » Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:31 pm

Hi

For website visitor's tracking I use google analytics. Before you pay for anything you should try it first. For me, it does everything I need right now, except i'd like to see IP address of each visitor. I've seen some people combining it with log analyzers to achieve even more accurate results(as for log analyzers, there are many of them free..)

The website:
http://www.google.com/analytics/

You will have to wait for invitation code, I waited around 2 months, but recently I've heard it might take you only week or so. This service is completely free (up to 5 domains I think)

For tracking affiliates and my own advertising, I have Post Affiliate Pro. It has great features and tracking is the best I've ever had(and for fantastic price).

It tracks ROI for affiliates and my campaigns - crossbrowser and even when visitor delete cookies! And no, there's no IP tracking responsible for this, it's completely new tracking method - tracking by flash..

The website is here:
http://www.qualityunit.com/affiliate/software.html

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Postby Ladan Lashkari » Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:47 pm

Thanks Martin for sharing your advice and experience!

eide wrote:You will have to wait for invitation code, I waited around 2 months, but recently I've heard it might take you only week or so.

I first signed up for Google Analytics a few months ago and it took only about a week for them to send me an invitation. So I agree with you that it works much faster now.
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