Web counters are VERY important for your website.
Without a counter it will be literally impossible to know how
much traffic your website is getting. The main aim of hit counters
is to turn traffic into customers. Most of these systems allow
you to monitor keywords, browsers, location, referring websites
From a marketer's point of view, counters or advanced web analysis
tracking software can help you make key decisions on where to
allocate online marketing budgets, where the majority of online
sales are coming from etc. Having web counters installed are absolutely
imperative if you need to measure website traffic effectively.
One of the most renowned websites for free hit counters. They
provide real-time data and all information can be exported into
Excel. You also have the option of hiding the counter so the number
of visitors is not displayed.
Site Meter is a free, fast, and easy way to add a web counter
to your web page. Not only does it display the number of visitors
to your web site, it also keeps statistics on the number of visits
each hour and each day
Nedstat Basic 3.0 provides information about the browsers, operating
systems, screen sizes, colour depths and plug-ins used.
Its been a long time coming but Google have done it yet again.
After purchasing Urchin software they added a few widgets and
are offering this as a free tool. Google analytics
is more than a free web counter tool. It allows you to measure
all the usual features such as site traffic, unique users etc.
It gives a VERY in-depth breakdown of traffic including individual
engines and if traffic was organic, ppc or a referral, ideal for
web marketers. The analytics tool also allows you to incorporate
an existing Google AdWords account and measure the return on investment
(roi) of your campaign. Lots to mention, simply sign-up and find
out for yourself. A fantastic online tracking tool.