I consulted with a few people and put together this list of the top web site statistics packages. There are literally hundreds of companies providing some form of web statistics. All of them appear to have a slightly different business model.
Ever since Google bought Urchin, they’ve been doing an ok job with Google Analytics. Most people really know why they bought it though… so they could track statistics and results for AdWords.
The leader in RSS feed statistics.
Great tool for bloggers: lets you see at a glance (one long, scrolling page) all of the recent activity on your site, and high level trends.
The stats package of choice for ISPs who want to provide budget software that actually scans your server logs.
Just bought up by Yahoo! this web stats system is more of a community and lets you track your frequent visitors. You can also track clicks and popular blog stories.
The gold standard for many years.
#7: Site Meter
Hugely popular with big sites like Drudge. Free plan lets people make their statistics public, and shows a little icon at the bottom of the page.
More of a business class web stats service.
#9: WebSideStory (HBX)
Was a huge player in the late ’90s on sites like Geocities. Still going strong.
A new service that aims to let you drill down into a single users visit to your site, and see what pages they visited in order.
Bonus #11: Crazy Egg
Best visual stats system the world has ever seen. With the introduction of heat maps showing where people click, you can see at a glance what pages and buttons are working. Downside: May not be that useful over the long term.
Bonus #12: Reinvigorate
Bonus #13: Measure Map
Promised to be the jewel of the online stats systems, but barely launched before Google bought it up and left it to die.
Bonus #14: W3Counter
See who is on your site while they are on your site. Free and hosted.
What statistics package do you use?