Anyone trying to build income from a website has to track the visitors and their actions on the site. The most popular tools is certainly Google Analytics. People love it for the various features and the price (it is free).
However, for a lot of users, Google Analytics simply isn’t easy to use. Even though they have a lot of stats you can learn from, finding some of them can be confusing at times.
I ran into a great tracking tool a year ago and have been using it since (I know it’s been that long cause I just renewed my subscription). The tool is called Clicky.
Clicky is free for one site and by signing up, you get full features for a month. After the first month, the tool is still free, except you won’t have some of the advanced features (and you can live without them if you want).
Why I love Clicky and keep recommending it
#1 When I started using it, I realized how important the “Spy” feature was. One time, after receiving a link from a very well known blogger (Pat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com) I noticed I had a small link malfunction in the post he linked to. So by using the Spy feature, I managed to notice the problem and fix it immediately so new visitors would not be disappointed in my site the very first time they landed on it.
#2 You can see everything in Real time. Who is on your blog, where did they come from, what are they clicking to leave, how many actions did they take on your site, etc.
Even better, if a person leaves a comment on your site, you can actually see that person on your site, in real time, every time they are there. Great thing to see who is really reading your blog all the time and maybe reward him/her somehow.
#3 Goal setting is much easier than in Google Analytics. You can simply enter a URL that is the goal (like thank you page for subscribing to your newsletter) and see how many goals were reached during the day – again in real time.
#4 Tracking clicks on affiliate links has never been easier. I create custom links with PHP on my blog and they look like mydomain.com/recommends/product. With Clicky, all I need to do to track them is add /recommends/ in the designated field and I will get a breakdown of clicks on those links. This just saves you from adding plugins for tracking clicks.
#5 Easy integration. You can use a plugin to install the tracking code. It is created by Yoast so you know it is good. But you can also just copy the tracking code and add it to the head script of your theme or your blog’s template. If you are using Genesis theme, this will be a piece of cake.
#6 Making money from Clicky. Not only do they have a very nice affiliate program, but you can make your first $5 by just writing a post about Clicky! When you do, contact them with a link to your post and they will credit you with $5. How easy is that?
#7 Stats to really keep you busy. There are so many parameters you can see in Clicky and they are all easy to find and go through, which I sometimes can’t do with Google Analytics. I want them fast and easy to locate. And Clicky really rocks in that department.
#8 Rankings. You can even see how you rank for certain keywords, without entering URLs to track or keywords to track. So I can see now, that one of my blogs is ranking #1 for a term I would never try to rank for but it is actually a very good one. This can show me how to build additional content for my blog, for example!
Go for it!
OK, this is 8 reasons off the top of my head that make me love Clicky. Even though I love analytics per se, I really get lost in Google Analytics from time to time. This is what I use when I want to make sure I understand what I am looking at.
Try it out, it is free with all features for a month and free for one site after that. You got nothing to lose and let me know what you think about this tool in the comments below!