Most reliable software to monitor traffic statistics

Discussion in 'Finance and Traffic' started by tokyoice, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. tokyoice

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    I have used 'Awstats' (comes with cPanel) for years, and always relied on it, but having recently installed Google Analytics we have seen a huge difference in traffic stats compared to awstats.

    What would you say the most reliable piece of software is to monitor web traffic? what do you use?
     
  2. Drastic

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    Google is better. third party. reliable. fairly accurate. takes 2 seconds to install and gives you lots of different metrics to view.

    if you ever trade traffic or sell your site, people ALWAYS ask for Google analytics over awstats.
     
  3. Danielx64

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    If you are looking for self hosted, piwik is worth a look :)
     
  4. tokyoice

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    True. I've seen that a few times. Maybe I should continue with Google analytics then. There's just a huge difference when it comes to the number of visits on Awstats and Google Analytics!

    Hmm. I'll have a look at that - I was wanting something without the monthly fee.
     
  5. mysiteguy

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    Awstats is horrible, in my opinion. I keep raw server logs for diagnostics, bot blocking, etc - but for stats I use Google Analytics. While there have been issues with compromised servers recently which send fake hits to millions of Google Analytics accounts, it's a minor blip compared to the inaccuracies of Awstats which can't discern browsers from bots like Analytics can. Analytics is far more accurate.
     
  6. eva2000

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    I use Google Analytics + Piwik self hosted - best of both worlds and alot of details to complement each other :D
     
  7. mysiteguy

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    ^^^^ I would add to that....

    Every analytics user would also greatly benefit from a healthy understanding of grep and awk, with access to raw server logs.
     
  8. Danielx64

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    It free, you can host it yourself.
     
  9. Danielx64

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    As long as you have shell access.
     
  10. tokyoice

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    Unfortunately not! I'm using a regular reseller account without shell access
     
  11. tokyoice

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    I like their heatmap feature! that's a great idea!
     
  12. john2k

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    Regarding "reliability," AWStats might be more reliable since it does what it does using server log files. So, if the server logs the data then the data will be analyzed. But I don't think that necessarily means it's better.

    When it comes to logging, accuracy is probably the most important. Unless you're tracking in order to report to other parties, such as advertisers. Advertisers usually prefer trusted third party tracking.

    You could always use both methods, Google Adsense & AWStats.
     
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