Whether you are a Webmaster, SEO expert or a blogger it is very important that you are able to easily understand and analyse visitors to your site or blog. Whilst there are various products available on the market; such as Google Analytics, very few offer the ability to provide quality accurate live, real-time data tracking the movements of visitors as they navigate through your site or blog. In this article we will briefly review a free product; Footprint Live, which allows you to do just that.
What is Footprint Live and how does it work?
The thing I really like about the product is that it is very simple to use and understand; the user interface is very intuitive and provides quite a lot of helpful real-time data. In the main information screen you will see a list of all (recent) visitors. This is presented in reverse chronological order (most recent visitors at the top of the list). "Green puppets" show that the user is currently on the site, whereas "Orange puppets" indicate they have not clicked within the last few minutes and may be offline. "Red puppets" indicate a user has not clicked for more than around 10 minutes. If you hover over any of the visitor puppets, you are then presented a user profile of the visitor, including the referrer, search engine, search term, status, contact/address data, company/organisation, ISP, browser, IP Address, number of pages viewed, number of visits, and the first and last measurement. You can also click on any visitor puppet and will be taken to their complete clickstream. A clickstream is a reverse chronological list of activity by your selected visitor.
Whilst the product is free to use, you can also subscribe to an upgrade (€4.99 per month or €49 per year) where you can utilise additional features; such as visitor-tagging, secure HTTPS SSL tracking, additional Timezone information as well as data export facilities into CSV, PDF formats etc, if required.
Whilst some people may argue that it (alone) doesn't provide enough statistical analytical data for their liking, FootPrint Live is a great companion to tools such as Google Analytics. In fact, you can now integrate Footprint with Google Analytics to gain an even more detailed analytical picture of all the traffic to your sites or blogs.
So, you have heard my thoughts on Footprint Live, why not check out the Footprint Live Free Demo to literally see (for) yourself!