– Traffic and site analytics solution

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Most of us use tools such as Google Analytics or Sitemeter (or even awstats and webalizer) to dissect our traffic data into visitor trends, top content, browser details and so on. is a free site analytics solution that is a lot more comprehensive than the above. Moreover, it does not require any tracking code to be installed on your web site or blog. has a basic free version as well as a paid pro-version. Basic version itself can produce a lot of analytics data on your site as well as competition without having to sign up. The following are the top-level options available for analytical purposes: Site Analytics, Search Analytics and Referral Analytics

Analytics Types

Site Analytics: Under this option visitor and trend details such as monthly unique visitor count, rank and number of monthly visits, visitor engagement etc are available.

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The Search Analytics option allows you to identify top search keywords that generated traffic for your site or the category of sites. It also allows you to check the top sites that received click traffic for a particular keyword. This allows you to do basic competitor analysis and it is a really useful feature. The other feature available under this top-level option is the possibility to compare two sites for competitive keywords.

Finally, the Referral Analytics option allows you to check top referrers to a particular sites as well as top references generated by a particular site.

Registered users (not pro) can compare all the above analytical details of up to five domains side-by-side. Pro or paid services get to see more (daily) visitor trends, competitive analysis as well as utilize a bunch of tools to facilitate further analysis.

Where do they get traffic data from? retrieves traffic information from multiple sources such as ISPs and browser toolbar extensions. Since tracking code is not installed, the estimated traffic is based on a lot of math and statistical rules applied on the raw data that they get. Please note that is more about providing predictive, analytical and research information rather than producing exact traffic analysis as done by Google Analytics, for example.

Though, has been around for a while (and some of you are actually using it), I thought of writing this short review for those who didn’t know about it. And This is not a paid review :)


  1. Melvin :

    All in all I think Compete dot com is a reliable one. I have a lot of friends using that and some people also consider the value of their ranking from compete so I guess its a great program

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  2. I always like when a blogger finds these prpgrams to track things. I guess eveything will give you different stats bt its cool to findout this collects stats from a variety of places. I will have to try it out.

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  3. @Melvin, yep I found it more reliable compared to some of the sites like traffic estimate where they only talk about monthly page views. In fact, I forgot to mention about the rank badge that people are proudly displaying these days… It’s getting better and better now.

    @Bruno, thanks for the visit and comment. Yes, the beauty is that they deduce a lot of good analytical information out of the raw data that they receive from various sources…

    Thanks you both for your views…

  4. Tammy Warren :

    I will have to give this a try. I have decided to get a little more serious with my blog in terms of trying some things you are listing in your blog. I am not the “best” and new high tech things…but the sounds easy enough.

    (Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog….I am glad you can relate to what I am saying…I think that comes with being a parent)

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  5. Even I came across Compete some time back. But I guess it is really very famous…

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  6. moserw :

    Shall check it out. Apart from Sitemeter and Google Analytics, I have found also to be quite useful in giving good breakup of information. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hey rajiv,
    Thanks for giving this piece of information on tracker.icerocket. Will give it a try though it sounds like a tracking code based system (I could not get my blog’s report)

    Today onwards I am also using sitemeter to side-by-side compare the merits and demerits of the same and GA.

  8. Mitch :

    I actually wrote a piece on Compete a long time ago, but I took a different view than yours. I wasn’t impressed at all, mainly because one never really knows what they’re competing against. For instance, my IJS blog has a Compete rank, yet I’m not sure who I’m being compared to, but my business site, which has been around for 6 years now, has no rank whatsoever, yet isn’t doing badly on Alexa or Google or my specific search terms, many of which I’m in the top 5 for. So, I don’t have the warm fuzzies for it, unfortunately.

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  9. Mitch, you are right about the ranks… I didn’t quite understand as well and hence I didn’t mention the same here… I was though impressed with their analytics based on the raw data fed from ISPs etc :)

    And your point (in your post) about toolbars is a valid one. Sometimes they tend to favor those who use these toolbars. In fact, many of them are privacy infringement modules and some may be even reported as virus by your internet security apps. You never know what information they are gathering and sending to the parent sites.

  10. Hussein :

    You know what, I like more compete than alexa. :)

    They rank site more accurate than alexa. They base on absolute UV per month :0 and they said that I got 3.7k absolute UV per month.

  11. @Hussein, as for the compete ranking system, I have not used so I can’t comment :) However, what I liked the most is their analytics


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