I’m wondering which of these two is better regarding counting unique visitors. Thank you in advance! Kezia
In terms of counting page views and unique visitors, Google Analytics and StatCounter are EXTREMELY similar. Here is a comparison from one of my own days:
StatCounter: 1,096 page views, 772 unique visitors
Google Analytics: 1,022 page views, 623 unique visitors
Here are some of the key differences between the two sites:
|100% free. No catch, no upgrades, no limits.||StatCounter has a limited “free” option and paid upgrades. The free version has a monthly page view limit (although it is pretty high at 250k), and only limited space for logging. That means they delete some of your data after a period of time. The “detailed logs” are only available for 11 hours before they’re deleted. You can upgrade to get more space for logging and keep track of more page views per month.|
|Does not show any IP address information about your visitors.||StatCounter reports some IP address information.|
So in terms of pure numbers, the two sites are very, VERY similar. I think the one possible benefit that StatCounter has over Google Analytics is the IP information.. But really, how often do you even need that? Not very.
I think which one you choose ultimately comes down to personal preference. I mainly use Google Analytics because I find it to be more useful, presents information better, and has a few cool features (like the “Real Time” feature where you can see your visitors in real time as they’re on your site!). I also like how Google Analytics keeps ALL my data and doesn’t try to encourage me to upgrade to keep more of it.
But I know a few people who prefer StatCounter because they find it easier to navigate and/or understand.
The two platforms are so similar that I’d just recommend going with whichever one you feel most comfortable with.