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visitors on websiteThe number of visitors that a website receives is an important statistic for many. Google Analytics, the widely-used website analytics platform, and alternatives like Webalizer or AWStats are great for long-term stats, but what if you want to see how many visitors are on your website right now?

Real-time visitor tracking tools have been popping up ever since 2007 or so, and now there are many choices in the live website analytics arena. Let’s go over some of the choices and see what makes them stand apart from the others.

Amung.us

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Amung.us is one of the older live-click tracking services. MakeUseOf actually used their widget for a number of years – it was perfect for tracking who was on the site live, which articles were currently receiving a lot of visitors and historical viewer tracking. The Amung.us service is listed in our directory here.

If you need a simple widget for your website, Amung.us is perfect for this use. They do not include detailed tracking in their free service, but sometimes you simply don’t need it. Also, they allow you to place a map on your website or blog detailing where in the world people are coming from.

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Clicktale

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Clicktale is more of a full-featured analytics package. They focus on taking an individual user session and allow you, as the site administrator, to “play back” the visit from their first page to the next. Clicktale also offers some more detailed statistics such as time on the page, conversion rates, and other features seen in packages like Google Analytics.

Another cool feature that Clicktale has (limited in the free plans) is the ability to see a heat-map over your website. This shows where a user moves their mouse on your webpages and what they actually clicked on. This is a great insight tool to get an idea of how real users interact on your page.

Clicktale has a free plan that includes 400 recorded pageviews per month and a limited playback of visits. To get some of the more interesting features, they do require that you upgrade to a paid plan.

Clicky

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Clicky is a very strong, yet very simple live analytics package. We’ve featured it here Clicky - A Great Alternative To Google Analytics Clicky - A Great Alternative To Google Analytics Read More on MakeUseOf before, and their offering has only grown in size and value.

They make a very compelling alternative to Google Analytics. Their free version includes many of the same features as GA, but also adds real-time tracking into the mix. The user interface is clean and simple and they also have mobile versions for iPhone or Android.

As with many of the other tracking platforms, there is a limited free version and also a pay version which includes more page views and features. The free version limits are 3,000 daily page views and one site. Clicky is definitely an option if you are looking for live website analytics at a good price.

Feedjit

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A popular service with bloggers is Feedjit. Feedjit offers live analytics but is more focused on the “here and now”. It will show you who has visited your page in real time, displayed in a widget on your site or blog. It displays various statistics about the visitor, including where they are visiting from.

Part of the free version of the widget is that it is supported by ads. This allows them to bring the widget to you for free and also an advertising platform for your own website or company (if you pay for it). This could be considered a good or bad part of the service depending on your viewpoint.

GoSquared

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GoSquared is “Analytics without the Analysis” and is a beautiful way to visualize visitors to your website in real-time. A live demo of GoSquared is available here.

The free plan offers one site and 10,000 monthly page views and paid plans start at $10 a month.

Piwik

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Piwik is an open-source alternative to Google Analytics, with other features such as live visitor tracking built-in. For the crowd who don’t like Google having access to all of their data, Piwik is a great self-hosted option.

As with many open source alternatives, there is some legwork to be done to get Piwik set up correctly. Look for detailed directions in an upcoming MakeUseOf article by yours truly.

Piwik is absolutely free, and if you are willing to get your hands dirty, the source code is available to all for the ultimate customization.

Reinvigorate

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Reinvigorate offers many of the analytics offered above. What makes them stand apart is that they do offer heat-maps along with the normal statistics, and also they have a desktop client that can be made to ‘ding’ every time someone visits your site.

Reinvigorate offers a free plan for up to 100k page views and paid plans starting at $10 a month.

Woopra

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Woopra offers live stats on your website and is a very popular alernative to Google Analytics. Their free account (also known as Basic) gives you your website stats served alongside an ad.

Woopra has several features which set them apart from the pack. You can add a live-chat widget onto your site and chat with your visitors, and they also have an excellent API via which you can integrate your own statistics and metrics into.

Who’s The Best?

All of the above options are great solutions to the live-tracking analytics question. I think Woopra and Clicky are the two top analytics platforms as far as overall comprehensive features and ease of use. Amung.us or Feedjit are excellent if you run a small blog and just want to add simple live tracking to your pages. Finally, Piwik is the ultimate customizable solution – look for a howto on setting it up on your website in the coming weeks.

Do you have another option to see how many visitors are on your website? Be sure to let us know below!

  1. Dave
    August 31, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Great article. I’d also like to recommend Google Analytic Counters Tracker
    Plugin. It analyses the visitors hits on your websites and displays it
    graphically. It is also simple and easy to use.

  2. Robert Thompson
    February 5, 2016 at 2:54 am

    I use Feedjit along with Statcounter on my Tumblr site. I like the fact that I can customize Feedjit's color scheme to fit in with my site's design. The two work nicely together. Being able to see my Statcounter current stats on my cellphone saves me the hassle of having to turn on my computer.

  3. Lila
    February 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Use full for free here webtoolsvn.com/lastvisit/

  4. vivekraj agarwal
    January 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

    You might also check out {http://www.live.nimlinks.com} which has Live Traffic Feed .. In RealTime with responsive Widget and Better Than FeedJit

  5. Levi
    May 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    You might also check out (http://www.statcentric.com) which has real time stats and visitor monitoring.

  6. Odin Hørthe Omdal
    April 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I don't know how comprehensive you wanted to be, but there is also Open Web Analytics, which is also Free Software (as in Freedom/Open Source).

    http://www.openwebanalytics.com/

    Looks quite nice. DOM- and mousetracking! And it has a few points that's better than Piwik, which I've used for a long time. I will test it out to see how it compares in production.

  7. Wes
    March 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I've been playing with "lucky orange" ( free trial $7 a month per site ) ... it does heaps: live chat, visitor screen recording, spy on visitors live, . still a new biz so improving from day to day.

  8. sfoandnar
    March 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    i use butterflive (http://www.butterflive.com). they've got a free version and it comes with a scoring system to sort out the visitors depending on their behavior.

  9. sfoandnar
    March 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    i use butterflive (http://www.butterflive.com). they've got a free version and it comes with a scoring system to sort out the visitors depending on their behavior.

  10. Kevin Rodrigues
    March 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

    A question is how much processing is required when we use such live tracking? Is it large enough to increase the page access time?

    • Aibek
      March 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Most of those services only require you to a small Javascript snippet to the template files of your website. In most cases that code calls an external JS file that can be downloaded by client's browser in less than a second.

  11. James Gill
    March 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Dave, thanks for featuring GoSquared here - we really appreciate it!

    It's also worth noting that you gain access to both LiveStats and Trends when you sign up to GoSquared, so you get the benefits of real-time AND historical stats.

    You can also place a widget on your site to show how many people are currently online just like Among.Us

    Thanks again for a great article!

    James

  12. James Gill
    March 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Dave, thanks for featuring GoSquared here - we really appreciate it!

    It's also worth noting that you gain access to both LiveStats and Trends when you sign up to GoSquared, so you get the benefits of real-time AND historical stats.

    You can also place a widget on your site to show how many people are currently online just like Among.Us

    Thanks again for a great article!

    James

  13. Nat Jay
    March 11, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Statcounter is another script that does a similar job. Clicktale is useful for getting heatmaps of visitor activity apart from other statistics.

  14. Anonymous
    March 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Awesome collections, i only know very few of them.

  15. Mohd Isa
    March 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    nice, thanks for sharing. :)

  16. urbanlife.al
    March 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    i use woopra for my statistics and google analytics ,and i must say woopra is perfect but the bad side of it is that its for a limited time , once your bandwith is gone you have to pay.

    • Dave Drager
      March 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      Yup - Woopra has some great stats!

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