GoStats Free Web Traffic Counter

A very important part to making money online is keeping track of all the stats. You want to know where your traffic is coming from, when are the peak times during the day, what search terms are driving visitors your way, and so forth. It’s also imperative to keep track of growth opportunities in order to capitalize on all that potential.

There are a lot of (free) stat-tracking options for you to choose from, and one of these — GoStats — decided to order up a ReviewMe review to get their name out there. But what is it about GoStats that would make you want to switch, if you already subscribe to one of their stat-tracking competitors?

GoStats Is Not New To The Game

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Although I haven’t heard of the GoStats web traffic counter service until they ordered up this review, they’re not new to the industry. In fact, a big bold statement on the main page of their site proclaims that “GoStats has been providing a reliable web traffic counter service since 1999.” Some may say that they’ve lasted this long because of their utter simplicity. You can see this from the near graphic-less design of the website. It’s all the stats you need and not much else.

Choosing a Counter

When you add a new website to your GoStats account, you are presented with five different counter styles, each of which is available in a variety of colors. Some people enjoy having the numbers publicly displayed in their sidebars, whereas other people, myself included, prefer to have a more subtle button that people can click on if they are interested in your traffic stats. There is an option to have all of this data held private, but that costs money and I’ll delve a little deeper into that in just a second.

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Of the five that you see above, I prefer the last one. It simple, it’s small, and it can easily be ignored by your visitors. By the same accord, there’s nothing about this button that makes it look special. When you sign up for one of those blog directory services, for example, you’ll notice that most of them have a similar looking button that you can install on your blog. Whether this is a pro or con is largely a matter of personal preference.

Installation of GoStats is relatively straight-forward. In fact, there’s a WordPress plug-in to streamline the process even further. If you’re running a different blogging platform, they’ve got you covered as well with information for Blogger, Xanga, and LiveJournal, among others.

What Stats Do I Get?

I found that the data offered by GoStats fits somewhere between Site Meter and Google Analytics. There appears to be much more information than Site Meter, but it’s not as complex to view as Analytics. These stats can all be viewed on an hourly, daily, and monthly basis.

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Note: The stats to my blog are all zeros because this screen cap was taken right after I installed the code. I assure you that I get more than zero visitors. 🙂

Here is a non-exhaustive list of what you get: hits, visitors, sessions, referrer pages, search words, visitor paths, operating system, browser, screen resolution, and countries. These can be displayed as text or as a graph.

When you opt for the professional web stats counter, instead of the free one, you can access to a few more goodies. Check out the demo for more detailed information, but highlights include data surrounding visitor cities, min/max stats, custom period stats display, and the ability to hide the counter from the public. The professional counter costs $8 a month, $45 semi-annually, or $90 annually. Those are all in US dollars.

So Many Stats, So Little Time

I appreciate the minimalist approach that the GoStats crew took with their stat-tracking solution. The website is reasonably easy to navigate with minimal graphics, but the font was definitely too small, even for my 24-year-old eyes. Of course, you can adjust the font size in your browser, but that can muck up the look.

Is GoStats enough to lure me away from Analytics? I’m not sure, but it’s great that they’re able to break down the data into hourly chunks, updated every 60 minutes. There’s good support through the forum and contact form, and you can even make money through the GoStats affiliate program. And we can all stand to make some money online.


54 thoughts on “GoStats Free Web Traffic Counter”

  1. Richard says:

    -A quick note on stats data privacy from GoStats: You can make your stats data private with both the pro and free versions.

    -Also, a very popular feature is the “Last Guests” list. This list gives tons of stats about your recent visitors.

    1. That first note is good to know, thanks for the clarification!

    1. Jauhari says:

      Yes.. I like it 😀

    2. I don’t like it? Who pays for counters? Try Mint. Or Google Analytics works perfectly.

      1. Matt Huggins says:

        Yeah, I don’t see why I would need anything more than what Analytics provides.

        1. agreee analytics is neat..i m also hooked to it

      2. Richard says:

        GoStats also has a free version.

        *remember you get what you pay for* 😉

  2. Interesting, but I just can’t see anyone being able to compete with Google Analytics.

    – Martin Reed

    1. They may never be able to take over Google Analytics success, but they definitely can offer a fresh alternative for other users to consider.

      1. UberDan says:

        I have awstats and Google analytics and they are at either ends of the complexity spectrum. I may check this out as middle ground 💡

        1. I also have multiple tracking services…it’s interesting to see how they all differ in tracking your visitors.

        2. ya different services give different stats…have a couple

      2. Marc says:

        That’s certainly true. You don’t need the lion’s share of the market to have an impact. I’m not that big a fan though, but that’s just me 🙂

    2. Al Davies says:

      I second that. Especially with the newer version that just came out. The level of detail that you receive about your visitors is pretty freaking unbelievable. I wonder if they’ll ever charge for the service?

      1. Charge? Bite your toungue 😀

        1. i don’t think i’d pay for the services nowadays

        2. Yea huh… why would I PAY for counter? 😡

          1. Matt Huggins says:

            Exactly, I can just look at my server’s ad stats or my free Google Analytics data.

          2. ya there are so many free alternatives..moreover with the money google is making from adsense, i dobt they will charge for anlaytics:)

      2. I HIGHLY doubt they will charge, but they sure could make a decent profit off of $5/mo per account. It compliments their other services (adwords) too well to charge.

    3. Very Good Point, neither can I. Those lame counters died in the dot com boom. 🙄

  3. Hari says:

    Seems pretty good. But i always use good old Awstats and recently started using Google Analytics

  4. Merija says:

    I think I will consider trying this one stats tracking…

  5. Can’t hurt to try out the free version, can it. Always good to know about other available site tools aside from the most popular ones.

  6. Rhys says:

    Anybody else use multiple stat trackers? I have used BAStats plugin with wordpress because it’s easy, but also use Google Analytics, as if the load ever becomes too much on the server, I can continue.

    Any benefits/effects by using two services?

  7. Don says:

    Nice review. I just might give it a try on one of my blogs.

    ➡ Don

  8. I’m using the wordpress stat plugin, analytics, and cpanel stats plugins. I can’t seem to find one complete package.

  9. green says:

    I’m using Google Analytics, Extreme Tracker together. But for my global site, i may use gostats:)

  10. they are good

    i have used them

  11. DotMySpot says:

    Hmm.. i’m using joomla BSQ stats and analytics :O is this good?

  12. HMTKSteve says:

    I dumped SiteMeter when they sold out to the spyware firm.

  13. Tyler Ingram says:

    People who display those visitor counters should be shot 😛

    1. Matt Huggins says:

      lol, it’s like it’s 1995 all over again!

      1. haha tru…but it shows the popularity of the site…

  14. Ankur Khangaonkar says:

    Ok, i would like to use it to just get a quick overview, but have an 😈 backup of google analytics !

  15. To be honest, those counters are very ugly. I signed up with G analytics yesterday, and must say Im very impressed.

    1. ya the new version is impressive..though the amount of detail is time killing if you keep browsing without any goals

  16. Have any of you given heatmaps a try? I love the visual way they represent your visitors’ actions.

    – Martin Reed

    1. Matt Huggins says:

      Haven’t tried it, though I did try CrazyEgg. Thanks for the link!

      1. Matt Huggins says:

        Oops, nevermind, I realized that that’s what your review is on. I thought you were saying “heatmaps” is the name of some other service I hadn’t heard of.

  17. I personally think Analytics has way too much “useless” information and sometimes it loads slowly. So this could be an interesting alternative. And there is an affiliate program 😉

  18. blogdinero says:

    Seems good, if Google Analytics die. 😆

    1. agree….analytics is so fancy looking

  19. i check my site’s stats with mybloglog.com from time to time

    it’s a shame that it doesn’t offer real time tracking for free

    1. Try feedburner, they offer a real time monitoring

      1. they do..i did not know that…thats good to know

  20. blogdinero, what are you on about?

  21. I am really a FAN of stats, I run awstats on my server, analytics, feedburner’s feedflare, and now I will take a look at this one.
    Anyway maybe is not a good idea to have too much as your page can load slower, running all the third party code.

  22. tyropearl says:

    looks good.. I use site meter, but will be trying this one

    very nice review btw

  23. Richard says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments on the GoStats review thus far

    I’d like to mention that GoStats is a great tool for instant stats. (Google takes a few hours to process, while GoStats has both a realtime list and a one hour turnaround on the very detailed stats.

    If you have only tried Google Analytics, I would recommend that you try GoStats for a week or month, you will thank yourself

    Stay tuned for new updates and new features to come!

  24. Thanks richard…maybe i will give it a try 😀

  25. Wahlau.NET says:

    too many stats stuff already!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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