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Over the past month or so, I’ve been comparing Statcounter with Google Analytics to see which one seems more accurate and which one offers the most features.

One report that I always enjoy viewing is my visitor map. This feature is available with both services. It will show you where your visitors IP addresses originate from on a global map. I’ve included an example from SiteFever below:

This first report is from Statcounter. Each mark on the map represents a popular location that my site visitors originate from. I like this report because it shows you an actual satellite image of the world.

This second report is Google’s version. The difference here is that with Google, the circle grows with more visits. For example, you can see larger circles over the eastern United States as well as the UK. These spots are more popular than Chile, where the circle appears much smaller.

Even though Google’s report seems to track more visitors, I was surprised at the similarity between the two. Seems like SiteFever.com is 88 countries strong and growing more by the day…

If you’re not already using one of these services to track your stats, I would strongly recommend giving one of them a try. With such detailed information that they both provide, you learn a lot about your visitors and your site, which will put you in a much better position to recognize any changes that may be beneficial for you to make.


Category: Website Traffic Tactics
Article posted by: Neon on September 16th, 2007



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17 Comments to “Where Are Your Visitors From?” »

Comment by Travis
Sep 16 2007 at 5:18 pm

I’ve been pretty happy with Google Analytics so far, myself. Have you come across any other free stats services that are worth a look compared to Google’s?

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Comment by Joliveira
Sep 16 2007 at 6:02 pm

I like statcounter, it seems more real, but both can be accurate…

Joliveira (from Portugal)

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Sep 16 2007 at 6:12 pm

I like StatCounter a lot, I like the fact that you can view your keyword activity, the length of time visitors are there, etc. It’s such a simple program, and I really dig the map too. 😀

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Comment by Rock Solos
Sep 16 2007 at 9:46 pm

Hi All,

Something along the line of the Google dot map is Cluster Maps at http://www.clustrmaps.com/.
I’m not sure how accurate it is but the free version has a public view and some of my site visitors think it’s cool.

John

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Comment by satya
Sep 16 2007 at 11:43 pm

but awstats and google analytics shows completely contradicting results showing countires where main visitors come. For one of my blog awstats showed max visitors from USA australia but googler analytics shows max from my country India and neighboring SE & SW Asia. I think analytics part is right.

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Comment by YC
Sep 17 2007 at 2:11 am

I use Statcounter mainly at the moment but have since started using GA for comparison as well. Awstats shows really inflated figures.

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Comment by Pranjal
Sep 17 2007 at 3:50 am

Till now i have used google analytics, it seems the best analytics tool till now considering its a free option. It has helped me improve my content and selecting the proper niche. Hope it does more goods for me and you.

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Sep 17 2007 at 12:58 pm

GoStats is a great alternative. (has a better data retention than statcoutner and is realtime). GoStats has made some great strides over the years.

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Sep 24 2007 at 6:52 pm

[…] If you’re not already using one of these services to track your stats, I would strongly recommend giving one of them a try. With such detailed information that they both provide, you learn a lot about your visitors and your site, which will put you in a much better position to recognize any changes that may be beneficial for you to make. Add your comment! […]

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Comment by WarriorBlog
Sep 24 2007 at 6:58 pm

Whoa! What happened to Sitefever? Their theme? This is a horrible theme!

Anyway let’s get back on topic here…I use Statcounter as well like most.

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Comment by WarriorBlog
Sep 24 2007 at 6:59 pm

That was strange, I add the comment and then press submit and magically the theme changed…I am serious. When I first landed on it – it had the default WordPress theme on.

Strange.

Comment by Neon
Sep 24 2007 at 7:02 pm

You are right 😀 i am editing a page and accidentally changed to default theme. Thought no one saw that 😀

 
 
 
Comment by Stefson
Sep 25 2007 at 11:53 am

Why do you delete topics?

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Comment by Neon
Sep 25 2007 at 5:41 pm

Hi, you might want to check out the latest post for answer.

 
 
Sep 26 2007 at 7:48 pm

[…] If you’re not already using one of these services to track your stats, I would strongly recommend giving one of them a try. With such detailed information that they both provide, you learn a lot about your visitors and your site, which will put you in a much better position to recognize any changes that may be beneficial for you to make. Add your comment! […]

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