getclicky is described as a real time web analytics program and as long as your blog gets fewer than 3,000 daily page views on average, it is free of charge. If your blog exceeds that limit premium accounts are available.
The getclicky home page boasts this statement:
Clicky Web Analytics is simply the best way to monitor, analyze, and react to your blog or web site’s traffic in real time. 170,198 web sites can’t be wrong.
It also boasts a comparison of getclicky features to features available from Google, Woopra, Chartbeat, Piwik, StatCounter, SiteMeter can be found under the section titled: Clicky -VS- The Other Guys
Visitor data tracked
When a visitor views a page on your site with the tracking code installed, the following data is sent to our tracking servers and logged to your account:
- Page URL
- Page title
- Web browser
- Operating system
- Hardware, if applicable (e.g. mobile phone model)
- IP address
- Screen resolution
Watch the video that shows the updates made to the new version of Spy on July 20 2009 on getclicky.
Here’s the bottom line
Sitemeter, Statcounter, wordpress stats and all the others will never agree. Each one of them decides how and what they will count as a hit. Some count page views and some count unique visitors. Therefore, use any of the stats counters only as a general guide to hits.
Understand that an application that is not running on the same servers your blog is on is going to be susceptible to wild fluctuations. This is because all hits have to be transferred over the internet to different servers, and there are literally thousands of things that can go wrong between the server your blog is on and the server at the stats place.
Also be aware of the possibility that the software or hardware at the stats place may be broken and not recording, or counting things as intended.
Questions for readers
- Are you currently using getclicky on your blog?
- If so, which blogging platform is your blog on and what is your feedback on the program?