Updated December 4, 2011Doc Sheldon
My recent fiasco with Jetpack and Jetpack Lite gave me good reason to dive into my system and take a hard look at my plugins, as well as various other aspects of the Clinic.
Vernessa Taylor commented the other day that she was using Clicky Stats, so I decided to check it out. I wish I’d done it months ago! Simple install, easy set-up and a wealth of information – far more than WordPress or Jetpack offered – and I am one very happy camper!
There’s far too much depth to Clicky Stats to go into here now. I’ll just say that you owe it to yourself to check it out. Trust me, if you’re currently using Jetpack or Jetpack Lite, you’ll be blown away by the expanded stats presented by Clicky.
If there are other features of Jetpack that you like (the Gravatar Hovercards is pretty cool, for instance), and you don’t want to give them up, then simply deactivate the WordPress.com stats module in the Jetpack setup and install Clicky Stats.
You’ll find much more information available, and the cost for one site is far from prohibitive – it’s free for one site and up to 3,000 daily pageviews! If you have more sites or traffic than that, then the next level up allows you to monitor 3 sites, of up to a total of 10,000 daily pageviews for under $5 per month ($29.99 for the entire year). There are higher service scales available, up to 5 million daily pageviews, all priced very competitively.
The GetClicky dashboard is extensive, offering numerous ways to drill down to a granular level on each visitor. Want to know what city the visitor resides in, or what search term he used? How about precisely how much time he spent on each page or what actions he took? Of course, the other data that’s handy to see is what browser he used, what bounce rate you’re seeing, and fine detail filtering.
I almost feel badly about kicking Jetpack to the curb in favor of GetClicky after Matt Mullenweg took the time to respond to my issues with Jetpack. But Matt did that because he’s a businessman, and as such, he needs to keep a finger on the pulse of his market and respond to his customers.
I’m a businessman, too. And to do my job, I need data. For now, at least, it looks as though Clicky Stats is my best source for that data.
I strongly recommend you check it out and see if it’s right for you.
On an entirely different topic, as long as I was digging around in my backend, I also decided to update my newsletter subscription form and list management. I’ve been procrastinating for over a year and I just finally sent out my first newsletter on Dec. 1st. – nearly ten months after announcing its coming.
Hey! I’ve been busy, okay?