If you’re still waiting for that MeasureMap invitation, don’t fret. A new service has opened that will more than make up for the time (what is it now? several months?) you spent waiting for the still unsent service invitations.
Clicky is a new service created “to complement” other website metrics tools. What Clicky does is help website owners “track individual users, to see where they came from, what they did, and how long they stuck around.” I signed up for the service two hours back and the stats I’ve been getting so far are really interesting.
Clicky does the usual tracking of unique visitors and page views as well as browsers used and search engine and keyword referrals.
But what differentiates Clicky from other free services I frequently use is that it tracks visitor sessions. Not only would you know how a particular visitor (identified via IP address) got to your site, you can also get information on how long the visitor stayed and which pages he or she read and clicked.
A visitor session, according to Clicky, “is a log of an entire visit to your web site by one person, from the time they enter to the time they leave. The sessions page shows a summary of each session, such as how long they stayed, how many pages they looked at, where they came from (e.g., Google), the page they entered on, and the last page they viewed.”
The site said a user can have multiple sessions in a day because they treat a session as “closed” if there are no activities from the user within 30 minutes.
Clicky is still being tested but you can already sign up for the service. The site says they will start charging after they launch the service. They also pledge that “beta testers will be rewarded with free service for several months after launch.”
Although I’m signed up to several website metrics services, I generally only check my Site Meter account regularly (4 or 5 times a week). I check my Google Analytics account every few weeks or so. I check my MeasureMap stats even less frequently, sometimes more than a month would pass before I’d remember to log in. MeasureMap in my previous experiences can be so slow that stats do not load at times.
Clicky, on the other hand, appears to be fast. I hope the website can maintain this level of speed and responsiveness even as they start getting more accounts. If you’re still stuck with Site Meter, you’d better off trying out Clicky. You might also want to check my previous post on blog metrics services.