One of the things I’ve been thinking about regarding the launch of my new project is which statistical package should I use? That is why yesterday, I published a poll asking you which one you use and it seems as though the majority of you are using Google Analytics. I’ve never used Google Analytics but I’ve become a big fan of Woopra. I’ve been told that no matter which statistics package I use, I should use GA because it’s the statistics package of choice which contains the metrics needed to base advertising rates on. It’s also a trusted source of accurate information which is why advertisers like it so much.
The accuracy argument could be debated as each program varies in their results. However, it’s hard to go against the grain and since I do plan on monetizing the site, not using GA from the beginning could prove detrimental to my efforts.
One last thing I wanted to mention. I know when I started my personal blog, statistics were the last thing on my mind. However, once I installed Woopra, I realized what I had been missing. The problem though is that, using a statistics package midstream doesn’t give you any information from the past. This is why it is important when launching a blog to also choose a analytics program that you feel you’ll be using for the long haul.
What are your suggestions? If you were starting a new blog or website, which one would you use?
By the way, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Performancing has their own statistics package in the form of Pmetrics. We have a free plan plus several premium plans. You also have the ability to create your own custom Pro plan during the upgrade process, with support for up to 200 sites and 250,000 total daily page views.
All new accounts get a free 21 day trial of the Pro service. You can upgrade any time during or after the trial.