Knowing the number of visitors a website receives is a very important index of the site’s popularity. The more the number, the greater will be the rate of conversions. Google Analytics is the most widely used tool in this respect even though a number of other software provides equally effective results.
However, if you want to track the visitors in real time and want to know the number present at any point of time, there is a completely different set of software that does the task just as efficiently. In combination with Heat Maps and Web Analytics, these give a clear picture of the efficiency of your website and the areas or pages that require tweaking for better results. Below it a number of software programs that allow you to track visitors to your website in real time and what makes them stand out from the rest.
- Amung.us – It is one of the older software in this field. It’s excellent for tracking who is on the website and which articles that are receiving the most attention. The advanced version of this software even allows you to put a map on the site or blog which tells you the location of the people on the site
- Clicktale has more features. It offers such detailed statistics as time spent on a page and conversion rates as well as some that are found on Google Analytics. A Heat Map over the site will enable you to know exactly what the visitor is concentrating upon and how they are reacting to the different features on the page.
- Clicky – A simple package but very effective. The basic version has few features of Google Analytics with the added advantage of real time monitoring of the number of visitors to the site. There is a limited free version and a more advanced pay version. It is definitely value for money
- Feedjit – It is a favourite with bloggers. It shows who has visited the page in real time, various details about the visitor and their geographical location. A portion of the free version of the widget is reserved for ads. This can be even utilised by the website to promote its brand
- GoSquared is a very effective platform to know about the visitors to your website in real time. A free as well as a paid version is also available. The free account offers 10,000 monthly page views and one site
- Piwik – It’s an alternative to Google Analytics with live visitor tracking features. The software is totally free and the source code is available for customisation
- Reinvigorate – What makes them stand apart is that apart from offering the regular real time monitoring of visitors, they also provide Heat Maps for visual analysis. A desktop client gives a “ping” every time someone visits the site.
- Woopra – A popular alternative to Google Analytics, it has some outstanding features. The most important is a live chat widget which allows you to chat with the visitors and an API where you can put together your own statistics
All these software have features that are bound to help any website in improving its efficiency. After all, the number of visitors to a website is what matters in the long run. Short term monitoring along with the long term analysis of Google Analytics will surely help a website greatly to plan out effective strategies for conversions.