Running a website can be a lot of work. You have to find a reliable web host, write the code, find a revenue stream, and much more. It’s not easy, but the payoff is amazing: seeing hundreds (or more!) of visitors gives you a sense of accomplishment. Analyzing this traffic also helps make future decisions for your website easier. So when it comes to seeing who’s on your website and analyzing traffic, we think the perfect tool to use is GoSquared.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “I already have my Google Analytics account to see who’s visiting my website, why would I need another tool?” Now don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with Google Analytics. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it provides website owners with good analysis tools. But I think it’s best to think of GoSquared as a compliment to Google Analytics because the former offers instant visitor information as soon as it happens while the later only provides visitor reports after the fact. Who wouldn’t want to see who’s visiting their website right now?
To install GoSquared on your website, all you have to do is paste a snippet of code right before your ending your <body> tag. If you’re a WordPress user, you can install their official plugin for an even smoother installation.
GoSquared has 5 different plans you can choose from:
- Free - 1 site and a maximum of 10,000 monthly pageviews
- Standard - $9.99/month | 3 sites and a maxium of 150,000 pageviews
- Plus - $24.99/month | 5 sites and a maximum of 500,000 pageviews
- Pro - $49.99/month | 10 sites and a maxmium of 1 million pageviews
- Extreme - $99.99/month | unlimited sites and 2.5 million pageviews
There are two main features of GoSquared: LiveStats and Trends. LiveStats shows you current visitors while Trends shows you detailed information about current and past visitors.
When you first log into your GoSquared account, you’re presented with a live feed of visitors on your website. You can click each individual page to slide out more details about each visitor on that specific page. You can view the visitor’s IP address, approximate location, browser, and OS of choice as well as many other details.
To the left you can choose three different tabs: Tweets, Referrers, and Searches. Tweets show you all tweets that have mentioned a specified Twitter username. Referrers show you any pages that have taken current visitors to your site. Searches show you the queries your present visitors have typed into search engines in order to arrive at your site.
Another feature on the LiveStats page is the map. When you click the small map in the upper right hand corner, a map opens in fullscreen mode and shows you every current visitor’s approximate location indicated with drop pins.
GoSquared’s Trends feature reminds me of a better looking Google Analytics. In addition to a great UI, you get a mission-control-center style of panels about current and past visitors. You can see what browser majority of your visitors are using, how many pageviews you receive per visit, visitor screen resolutions and more.
So if you’re a website owner looking to keep track of visitors on your site, GoSquared is a great tool that does just that and more. Check out GoSquared’s live demo to get a feel for the service. Sign up for a standard account to track visitors and analyze your site’s traffic. Plus, you’ll be helping us out by using our affiliate link to purchase your GoSquared account. At the very least, you can sign up for a free account which may be suitable for website’s that don’t receive much traffic.
Check out the video below to get another preview of GoSquared. The video shows an older version of GoSquared, but the same features (plus many more) still exist in the current version.
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