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I have been playing the log analyzers for the last 2 months and always end up walking away frustrated because one is just perfect but... it doesn't do one thing.

 

One thing I would like to see that does not show up often is the ability to see the path the visitor used when viewing the site. Page a to c to e, etc.

 

I tried out that hits tracker deal that webposition uses and that was really nice, but I was afraid to add all the extra script code to highly optimized pages.

 

Wusage has some nice features but the interface is so poorly designed it is hard to use.

 

This will be used to view either downloaded log files or view them via FTP protocol.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Rich

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Hi Rich,

 

I was chatting about this with Ammon recently. He doesn't know of a good one, but I'll let him tell you that himself ;)

 

If you do come across one, be sure to let us know and we'll add it to the Resources Zone.

 

Phil.

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I thought Ammon's JavaScript cookie thingy did that: http://www.webmarketingplus.co.uk/promotio...e-tracking.html

 

No, the tracking cookie is designed to track one thing only - ROI - in that it tracks each sale back to the original referral (up to 90 days prior to the sale). Even then, it is more of a guide to trends, since neither cookies nor JavaScript are 100 percent supported.

 

I was chatting about this with Ammon recently. He doesn't know of a good one, but I'll let him tell you that himself

 

Absolutely true. The tracker from WebSiteStory / HitBox displays the paths through the site, but is still very limited. Also, people with privacy concerns have done a lot to block web-tracking solutions because they are so often over-used.

 

Side note: CEXX.org leads users to very simply install a pre-formatted HOSTS file for windows that blocks almost all adverts and all widespread web-bugs (by telling windows that the domain they are on has the ip address of 127.0.0.1).

 

The best known and respected log analysers include:

Analog FREE. Combine with Report Magic for best results.

Funnel Web Analyser

FastStats

WebTrends

NetTracker (very powerful but expensive)

 

Do read the information at http://www.analog.cx/docs/webworks.html about what tracking can realistically do, and more importantly, what it cannot do.

For example, with any reliability (and without cache-busting which can dramatically slow your site and still isn't 100 percent)...

You can't tell the identity of your readers.

You can't tell how many visitors you've had.

You can't tell how many visits you've had.

Cookies don't solve these problems.

You can't follow a person's path through your site.

You often can't tell where they entered your site, or where they found out about you from.

You can't tell how long people spent reading each page.

You can't tell how long people spent on your site.

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Hi Rich,

 

Have a look at my sig. The deluxe version of the tracking device does what you describe and can be monitored online in realtime.

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Well altyfc I was somewhat interested but your site is very misleading so I think I will pass.

 

The page http://www.web-stat.com/index.shtml?id=332 talks about "Web-Stat comes in two flavors "free 30-day demo and full registered version"

and states $5 per month over and over again. Shows some sample stats including click path analysis.

 

It is not until you get to the end of the sign up page it lets you know that the service starts at $5 and goes up to $9.50 for the service you show in the example on the $5 page.

 

Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong but this is very misleading. Even though $9.50 is not to bad, I do not like the bait and switch routine.

 

Rich

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Yes, that's correct. That's why I stress "the deluxe version"...

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This may sound strange but I love phplive.

Its supports referal tracking, tells you how many people are on your site and it can let you watch where they are on your site. By leaving this running I can tell where the client came from and get a real feel of how someone accesses the site. I find that logs are cold. But watching people live tells you the story.

They also have ad tracking built in.

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Funnel Web Analyzer can be downloaded via this website

http://www.funnelwebcentral.com/

 

I find this excellent and it does show quite a deal of information on paths that visitors took through the website. I use it every day and it does a great job for what it attempts to do. Since it's free, you can't beat it on ROI. :P

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