For those waiting for Google Analytics to open signing up for new accounts again, you can do so at google.com/analytics. The Google Analytics team has announced in its blog that they’ve removed the waitlist for the website metrics service and now allow anyone with a website to create free accounts.
Google Analytics is a comprehensive website metrics service based on Urchin, which was bought by Google. It offers website owners a lot of data on visitor traffic. One of its coolest features is the site overlay, which shows you the parts of your web page being clicked by visitors.
With the recent upgrade of blogger and the opening of signups for Google Analytics, maybe MeasureMap will be improved next. MeasureMap is an excellent website metrics service focused on blogs. For so long now, the service has either been slow or unavailable. I hope Google eventually improves MeasureMap’s performance, it is a service I’m sure bloggers would like to use every day.
For a round-up of blog metrics services I tested, you can read this article.
Occasionally, you come across a website or an online service that makes you stop everything you’re doing because you absolutely have to try it. I had that experience with MeasureMap, Crazy Egg, Wridea, Lightbox, Zooomr and now 103bees.
I read about the free website traffic analytics tool in this post in Performancing, a site that should be listed in your RSS feed reader if you’re a blogger. I read about the service shortly after the paper was put to bed early today and went to the site for a cursory browsing of its features. I was hooked.
I signed up for the service a few minutes ago to check the data it gathers and I’m very impressed with its reporting. Activating your account is very easy, you just copy a snippet of code and, if you’re using WordPress, paste it in your footer.php theme file. (click on photos to view larger images)
If you care about your website’s performance in search engines, 103bees should be the first service you sign up to, it is that good.
Continue reading →