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3 WordPress Plugins That Make Analytics Gathering Easy And Maybe Even Fun

AnalyticsUnderstanding where your users are coming from, which pages they access and what content they peruse for the longest periods of time is a great way to help better your websites content.

Whether you choose to use a free Analytics program such as Google Analytics or a paid program like GetClicky there are several WordPress plugins that make integration simple.

Here are a few of my personal favorite analytics programs with WordPress integration, all of which I use on my personal and business related websites.

1. Google Analytics For WordPress

The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin created by Joost de Valk does more than simply allow WordPress users to access their stats from within the WordPress administrator panel, the program offers some of the best tracking variables on the free analytics market. For example administrators can choose to use “custom variables” to track author pageviews, pageview tracking for logged in users and tracking by category, tags and even publication year. By using custom tags webmasters can determine which areas of their site are “hitting” more than others and adjust their content creation accordingly. I specially like the “logged in users” option when using BuddyPress and also the Simple:Forums plugin since I can track my community and determine who the most engaged users are, allowing me to reach out and help them become even more engaged within the community.

For E-Commerce customers using WP E-Commerce and Shopp plugins the program also fully integrates so you can track where your buyers came from, where they browsed and even which pages triggered their purchases.

Finally I really appreciate the ease of setup with this plugin, thanks to Google API integration users simply type in their “UA ID” from the administrator section and click the connect button to add tracking code without any template work.

Here’s a screenshot of the Yoast variable setup for Google Analytics:

Google Analytics By Yoast

2. WordPress.com Stats

As the name suggests this analytics plugin was created by Automattic, the team behind WordPress. In terms of additional features WordPress.com Stats is fairly sparse, however what the system does offer is a simple interface that provides basic traffic information. For example users can find out the days top 10 posts, their sites top referrers and a chart’s top viewers.

WordPress.com Stats serves analytics from the WordPress.com system which means your site will experience no additional server load and your pages will continue to load quickly.

The plugin also allows users to add various email address so other registered users on the blog can access stats. Beware that you must add the users registered email address in order for them to view the stats when logged in.

Again you won’t find a bunch of advanced features however the program offers a quick up-to-date list of top stories in a simple to understand format.

Here’s a quick look at the WordPress.com Stats plugin in action:

WordpressCOM Stats

3. Get Clicky Plugin by Yoast

GetClicky is by far my favorite analytics program. Using the GetClicky program users can see second-by-second pageviews, track visitors and even setup campaigns and view Twitter analytics.

Once installed the GetClicky program allows users to track unique site visitors, overall pageviews, actions per visit, time spent on site numbers and various other “deep integration” stats.”

The WordPress integration also allows users to search for stats by certain days while providing referred links and even direct search terms used to arrive at the site.

Here’s a quick look at the GetClicky Plugin for WordPress:

GetClicky WordPress Plugin

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  1. Mae Loraine Jacobs  says: 9/29/2011

    I really, really like Google Analytics, because, let’s face it, we depend on Google for a lot of our marketing strategies. The results are easy to interpret, and the interface is simple. But I’d also like to try your other two recommendations. Running two or more analytics should be a great way to do comparative analysis.

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  2. Denaihati ) says: 10/1/2011

    I’m using Google Analytics and Get Clicky. Both really help me analyze blog traffics and plan strategies for my blog.

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  3. Alexander Mcqueen online says: 11/12/2011

    g strategies. The results are easy to interpret, and the interface is simple. But I’d also like to try your other two recommendations. Running two or more analytics should be a great way to do comparative analysis.

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  4. Website design Essex says: 12/7/2011

    nice post thanks for sharing this useful information.

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  5. Abhishek Prakash ) says: 2/1/2012

    I would like to have a widget as in Wordpree.com sites that shows simply the Blog Hits or Views to the visitors on my wordpress.org blog.
    What would you suggest in this case?

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    • Tallyopia ) says: 3/15/2012

      Hi Abishek,

      Tallyopia has the ability to share your analytics with your visitors. We have a demo page showing you how here:

      http://tallyopia.com/support/widget-documentation/the-demo-gallery/

      The only catch is that you will need to be able to install plugins in order to use our tools. If you can do this, then you’re all set.

      Let us know if there’s anything else we can help with.

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  6. Tallyopia ) says: 3/15/2012

    Hi,

    We’re the people behind Tallyopia (http://tallyopia.com), a WordPress analytics package. We thought it’d be worth mentioning us in this thread.

    Some interesting things about Tallyopia:

    – you can use our shortcodes to show your analytics right on your blog. We have a demo of this here:

    http://tallyopia.com/support/widget-documentation/the-demo-gallery/

    – we support multisite (or multiple WordPress blogs)
    – our Live Monitor will let you see live activity on all of your sites at the same time

    We’re relatively new to the scene, and thought you might want to check us out.

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  7. Android Guide says: 3/22/2012

    I have just installed clicky plugin. This is by far the best plugin for Stats, I have searched recently. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. MIke says: 4/4/2012

    Nice collection of plugins but most of them don’t offer helpful statistics inside wordpress administration area. You still need to use Google Analytics to get some idea of the traffic stats.

    I think this one should be on the list also Pro Google Analytics Tools for WordPress. It has a very nice set of reports that helps you see almost everything inside your wordpress administration area.

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