7 Free Tools for Live Website Visitor Tracking
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If you run your own website, it’s important to know who’s on your website right now. That’s why you need real-time visitor tracking.

Let’s have a look at why website visitor tracking is important and which tools you can use on your site.

The Benefits of Live Website Visitor Tracking

Live website visitor tracking (a sub-set of web analytics), gives you a way to instantly see what people are doing on your site in real-time.

Depending on the tool you use, some of the benefits include:

  • Knowing if your new content is immediately popular.
  • Information about which social media posts/networks are driving visitors.
  • Insight into how a visitor travels through your site.
  • See which products and sales deals are garnering the most attention.
  • Real-time notifications if a particular person/company visits your site.
  • Learn which pages generate the most sales leads.

Visitor Tracking on Other Sites

Before we dive into the tools, a quick note about website visitor tracking on sites you don’t own.

Any tool which claims to be able to show you live data on third-party sites is not being truthful. Sites like Alexa can give you a few clues about the headline visitor numbers, but no external tool can see a site’s real-time visitors without the owner’s consent.

Okay, let’s have a look at some web visitor tracking tools.

1. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the most well-known website visitor tracking tool. The app has many different features, but for the sake of today’s rundown, we’re only interested in Real-Time.

If you use Real-Time, you will be able to use event tracking to monitor usage of your site’s mobile app, watch the performance of any promotions you’re running, and monitor your goals in line with site changes.

Google Analytics is entirely free to use. To get set up, you need to add a tracking code to your site. You can manually place the code after the <head> tag on each page you want to track. Some backends such as WordPress offer plugins that’ll add the code automatically.

Check out our list of Google Analytics apps for iOS Monitor Google Analytics From Your iPhone & iPad: 7 Top Apps Monitor Google Analytics From Your iPhone & iPad: 7 Top Apps Display your Google Analytics data in efficient, functional, and visually appealing ways wherever you are, on your iPhone or iPad. Read More if you need to check website data while you’re on-the-go.

2. Live Traffic Feed

You might not need the complexity that Google Analytics offers. Although anyone can use it, it may be overkill if your site doesn’t have huge amounts of traffic.

For a more straightforward way to check how many visitors are on your website right now, you could consider using the free Live Traffic Feed tool. It provides a live feed of people who visit your site. The data includes the visitor’s location and the page they viewed.

To use Live Traffic Feed, you can either grab the HTML code and paste it into your site manually or download the WordPress plugin. There are several customization options, including color, time zone, counters, size, and more.

For the tool to work correctly, you need to need to make sure it is in the top 30 percent of your site’s page. If it is below the 30 percent line, it will only update in real-time for three minutes. You will need to refresh the page to reactivate it.

Note: Anyone who visits your site will be able to see the live feed. Don’t use the tool if that makes you uncomfortable.

3. Hitsteps

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Hitsteps specializes in real-time website visitor tracking.

From the main dashboard, you can see which country the visitor is in, how they found you, what page they are looking at, which browser they are using, which operating system they are using, and a whole lot more.

And if a visitor fills out a form on your site (like a newsletter subscription, a comment, or a contact form), Hitsteps can automatically connect the visitor’s identity to the person’s form details. It allows you to build up a more complete picture of who is visiting your site.

Other Hitsteps features include keyword analytics, cross-device tracking, website heatmaps, a page speed analysis, and real-time ad blocker detection.

The free version of Hitsteps is available to sites with fewer than 2,000 monthly visitors. For 10,000 per month, it costs $4.99. The top plan costs $49.99 and supports up to one million visitors.

4. Whos.Amung.Us

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Whos.Amung.Us is one of the best free website visitor tracking tools.

Even though it’s free, the tool will be enough for most users. It supports unlimited page views, unlimited visitors, and an infinite number of websites.

Different widgets are available. You can add a live map to your site or choose from a selection of visitor counters widgets.

To install the widget on your site, you need to copy and paste the HTML code from the Whos.Amung.Us website. You need to insert it onto every site that you want to track; it is not enough to only run it on your homepage.

The tool is ad-supported.

5. Supercounters

Supercounters is another site that offers a variety of visitor tracking-themed widgets that you can add to your site.

The widgets are divided into seven broad categories:

  • Hit counters
  • Tab widgets
  • Online counters
  • Visitor trackers
  • Visitor maps
  • Flag counters
  • IP address trackers

Each of the seven categories has multiple widget styles available.

Of course, none of these widgets are going to provide professional-grade analytics, but they are a fun way to show who’s visiting your site if you’re not interested in fine-tuning every aspect of your page.

All the website visitor tracking widgets are free to use.

6. Clicky

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Clicky lets you track website visitors in real-time.

You can use it to track individual visitors and their per-session actions, view visitor locations on a map, and see other data such as operating system, browser, ISP, language, and even the visitor’s screen resolution.

There are also some non-live features such as Google Search ranking data, HTTPS tracking, website heatmaps, and an uptime monitor.

Clicky’s free plan lets you track one site with a maximum of 3,000 daily page views. The pro plan increases the limit to one million views.

7. Web-Stat

The Web-Stat homepage doesn’t look too impressive, but don’t let that put you off. The tool can record all the visitors to your website—not just the ones who have JavaScript enabled.

In addition to the real-time stats, Web-Stat can show details of individual visitors, precisely measure the duration of visits (rather than extrapolating the data from a sample), see visitors click-paths and conversions, and measure your referrals.

Web-Stat is also worth considering if you are a privacy fanatic. Unlike services like Google Analytics—which share your data with third-parties and use it for targeted advertising, Web-Stat does not sell or release any of your data.

Other Ways to Monitor Your Website

The seven tools we have discussed will all help you to gain a deeper understanding of how your website is performing and how your visitors interact with the content.

But these tools are just one part of the puzzle. If you would like to learn about some other options, read our article on the best sites to track a website’s traffic Check Website Traffic With These 7 Top Tools Check Website Traffic With These 7 Top Tools Checking your website's traffic isn't hard with the right tools. This article summarizes seven of the best traffic analysis sites. Read More .

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  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    Use full for free here webtoolsvn.com/lastvisit/

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

    Awesome collections, i only know very few of them.

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

    nice, thanks for sharing. :)

  19. 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!