getclicky real time stats for wordpress.com blogs

This is the third in a series of articles focused on the free third party statistical tracking programs that can be used on wordpress.COM blogs. Please see Real time visitor tracking (non-JavaScript) for blogs and  Visitor tracking on wordpress.com blogs

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

getclicky can be used on Blogger(blogspot), NEW Blogger, old Blogger, Drupal,  Joomla, Typepad and myspaces blogs.  In addition, there are versions for both  self hosted wordpress.ORG blogs wherethe ability to use javascript exists  and for wordpress.COM blogs where javascript cannot be used.

wordpress.com blog

If your blog is hosted on the wordpress.com domain, then you do not have the ability to add JavaScript to your page. However, Clicky also has an image based tracking system that you can use instead, which will work with wordpress.com blogs. It is not quite as detailed – for example, we can’t track incoming searches or links to your site without JavaScript – but you may still find it quite useful. The image based ‘no javascript’ tracking code is on the same page as your normal tracking code, near the bottom. Place this code in a text widget in your sidebar.

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
  • Referrer
  • Web browser
  • Operating system
  • Hardware, if applicable (e.g. mobile phone model)
  • IP address
  • Language
  • Screen resolution

Try the demo.

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

  1. Are you currently using  getclicky on your blog?
  2. If so, which blogging platform is your blog on and what is your feedback on the program?

29 thoughts on “getclicky real time stats for wordpress.com blogs

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  2. I need some advice. I have a “closed to the public” blog site on wordpress.com because I needed a place to do product development beta tests and only wanted registered users of the site to be able to gain access to the blog. However since I had to invite people to become a “Contributor” of the site in order to “see” the blog, I now lose their traffic stats because they are no longer being tracked by the WordPress.com tracking. I have over 60 contributors and simply want to know if they are visiting regularly and what link or page they are viewing. Do you have any suggestion for me? Is their another way I can have them have access to the blog privately and still track the visits through wordpress Lastly what if I do not necessarily need the visitors to see the hit counts, just me. What would you recommend in my case. Thanks in advance!!

    Let me know what you think and thank you in advance.

    • Hi David,
      I have no experience with visitor tracking on “private” blogs, so I’m sorry but I have no advice to offer. :(

  3. I am trying to get the Yoast Plugin working, but I don’t see any stats at all!
    I really don’t know what I am doing wrong. I have a self hosted wordpress site, with a theme of woothemes.

    I should have something like a “footer call” in footer.php…..what is that??

    All help is appreciated!

    Remco

    • This post is for wordpress.COM bloggers only as the title states. Yours is not a wordpress.COM blog. We do not have FTP access to wordpress.COM blogs and cannot install individual plugins. To get support for that blog you must post to the correct support forum for your software and that’s here > http://wordpress.ORG/support/

  4. Hi- thanks for the post. Will this stats program tell me what state the visitors are coming from (ie. California, Washington, Arizona, etc.)? I am running WordPress.COM and am frustrated that I am unable to track this data.

  5. How does getclicky compare with statcounter.com if one has a WordPress.com blog? does it have more available features or is it about the same?

    • @Tricia
      In cases where one already has a stats program running and is interested in trying another, I recommend running both side by side so you can compare the two in action. :)

  6. I’ve heard of getclicky, but didn’t realized it could be used on WordPress.com until now. I checked it out and seems like a wonderful resource to help supplement the basic info I get from WordPress.com stats. I will definitely be able to learn significantly more about how readers use my site from this valuable resource.

    Thanks for the info!

    • @conditionalcognition
      It’s a good program and will complement wordpress.com stats as it’s real time stats. I appreciate the fact that you left me comment. Please visit come again soon and let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to blog about. :)

  7. Call me a stats junkie but I use whos.amung.us, google analytics, quantcast, wordpress.com stats, AND woopra! Who’s is for displaying how many total are online, google as well goggle…, quantcast for a indepth look (colleage, income,etc), wordpress for my .coms, and woopra for my .org which is realtime, and I can open chats with visitors. Ton of data yet all free of personal info. There’s also alexa and comcast which are estimations. WordPress.com tracks all blogs using quantcast too : o.

    • @dreamburnred
      I no longer use whosamungus on this blog but now you have mentioned it …. hmmmm. ;) I do have sitemeter, feejit and wordpress.com stats currently running on this blog. I have tried also every one of the stats programs I have reviewed in this blog.

      On my self hosted blog, I used woopra until I recognized that I was mesmerized and not getting any posts written and published. When I awoke from that love affair, I recognized what a resource hog it was and removed it. That blog has awstats, wordpress.com stats, and sitemeter running on it at present.

      Given that your blog is so well equipped for tracking visitor metrics, you must be aware of my blog crawling over at your site. lol :D I’m fascinated by all things technical, although I’m not a techy type myself.

      I also under equipped compared to Joe and Joan Doe Average in these times we live in. I live a very basic and simple lifestyle and have zero techy treasures just a PC and that’s it. I don’t even own a cell phone – shrug – they don’t work here. Yes, it’s that remote and I do love where I live. My secret desire is to own a laptop or maybe a notebook one day soon. :)

      If you would like to write guest post for this blog then please don’t hesitate to email me because I’ll be glad to host an article from you. :)

  8. Thanks for the info, Get-Clicky is a new one that I have not heard of before. Almostly exclusively I use HiStats. It is one of the best trackers that I have come across, but am always open to testing new website and blog trackers.

  9. Hey, thanks for the tip! Having problems accessing their site right now (might be my isp) but got to it a little bit and I see BC is LITERALLY using them, with the account already created for me.

    Haven’t been able to login yet, but looking forward to it. I’d still prefer to be able to run something on my own server but getclicky blows everything else I’ve seen away.

    • Hello Brad,
      Because you used the contact form instead of the comment box I had to copy and paste your comment here. Please use the comment box in the future, okay?

      Yes, Blog Catalog uses getclicky. If BC members choose to become community donors by paying $6.00 per month they get the getclicky stats program.

      I don’t know why you are having trouble logging in to getclicky. If you are getting access to the program through Blog Catalog, rather than getting it directly maybe you need to contact BC Admin. Here’s the contact link http://www.blogcatalog.com/contact/

  10. I am using basic version(Free) of Getclicky on my WordPress.com hosted blogs for past 4 months. In my view Getclicky is only tool which provides very detailed stats for wordpress.com hosted blogs.

    The best feature of Getclicky is reporting of Actions of each visits i.e each page visited by surfers on your blog from oldest to newest. In premium version spy feature provides all online visitor and their actions. I love this feature.

    Disadvantage of Basic Feature (Free version) – You will lose the prior months stats.

    • I agree with everything you have said. :) Unless one copy and pastes the stats along the way and makes their own file on their own computer you will lose the previous months stats.

  11. I’m in self hosted WordPress blog and I personally believe Google Analyst is the best 3rd party tracking system I have ever use but will try this one in my blogger hosted blog. Thanks for this informative article.

  12. I use it, or I’m trying to…

    My blog is on wordpress and I find it confusing, that the numbers on GetClicky and WordPress are always very different… By now I don’t really get useful information from it, besides the Country-Stats ;)

    • When one is a “community donor” at Blog Catalog they have getclicky. It’s a great program and I’m accustomed to it as I had it on my wordpress.ORG blog. I haven’t signed up for this blog as yet. I still have to look more closely at another program before I commit.

      Sitemeter is not a real time stats program. This is what I get from sitemeter on my wordpres.COM blog:

      Recent Visitors by Visit Details
      Detail Domain Name Visit Time PageViews Visit Length

      Recent Visitors by Entry Pages

      Recent Visitors by Exit Pages

      Today’s Visits and Page Views
      Previous 7 Days
      Previous 30 Days
      Previous 12 Months

      Navigation
      Trends Location
      Tracking Visitor
      Tracking Web
      Browsers
      Today’s Visit Depth
      Daily Visit Depth
      Daily Durations
      Continents
      Countries
      Distance
      Time Zones
      Language
      OS
      Domain
      Organization

      Browser Share
      JavaScript
      Monitor Resolution
      Color Depth

      Recent Visitors
      World Map

      Recent Visitors by Location

      In my other blog which is a wordpress.ORG blog I have the javascript version of Sitemeter and in addition it gives me Recent Visitors by Referrals
      Detail Referring URL

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