How to Measure Any Website’s Traffic (For Free)

by Jamie Wilkinson | July 29, 2008

Have you ever wondered exactly who, what, and when people are visiting your website… or your competitors’ websites?

Without knowing your audience it’s difficult to make improvements towards your end goal, whether that’s becoming internet famo, selling more widgets, or just getting more page views. Here are a few free analytic tools to help you narrow down the tasks at hand by delivering detailed information about a website’s audience:

Compete

Google Trends

Quantcast

Alexa

Bonus:

Brandtags


50 comments on “How to Measure Any Website’s Traffic (For Free)”

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    8-15-2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Excellent Tools, very important to any web marketing expert to use them, thanks

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    8-19-2009 at 3:11 am #

    Great Post, many tools found here with tips on using them, thanks for sharing this post with us

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  4. faizitech:
    2-18-2010 at 1:31 pm #

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  5. Zeenat Style:
    4-7-2010 at 11:01 am #

    Exactly what i was looking for.. a great post. thank you so much jamie.

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    5-29-2010 at 2:35 pm #

    yes these tools will help websites owners to know how much traffic did their websites get, thanks for this informative post

  7. Lauren--NY:
    7-18-2010 at 7:38 am #

    This is extremely helpful! Thank you!

  8. seo copywriting:
    8-22-2010 at 5:31 pm #

    really very informative post, these tools are very important to websites owner and seo developer, for me I use google analytics tool to track stats about my websites, thanks

  9. Juice Marketing:
    9-17-2010 at 12:10 am #

    I did find some trouble in getting metrics for websites without heavy volume. Other than that, Great tools and thanks for the post.

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    10-19-2010 at 12:30 pm #

    website stats are very important to website owner to know which keyword is better, from where they came, I use both alexa and google analytics to track my visitors to websites, thanks for your nice post

  11. SIM Only Contracts:
    12-9-2010 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks very useful for finding traffic.

  12. Sherin:
    1-5-2011 at 8:21 am #

    Awesome information…
    I think you missed Quantcast and Alexa too…this will also help in getting an idea.!!!

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    3-8-2011 at 11:50 pm #

    Thanks for this information…

  14. Mariah:
    4-8-2011 at 12:09 am #

    Very well said. It’s really important to trace the traffic, your site is getting based on certain keyword, because that’s one factor in search engine ranking.

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    We can measure our site traffic through Google analytics.

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    6-12-2011 at 11:21 pm #

    This is really awesome Thank you

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    6-22-2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Exactly what i was looking for.. a great post. thank you so much jamie.

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  23. Partha Goswami:
    12-16-2011 at 12:45 am #

    Accordingly the Google analytics my traffics the fluctuating. what to do?

  24. Partha Goswami:
    12-16-2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Is there another reliable traffic measuring tool other than Google Analytics?

  25. Banner:
    1-4-2012 at 8:38 am #

    I think Google analytics is the only reliable measure out there

  26. Winfield Estate:
    1-28-2012 at 7:13 am #

    If you see that a particular page is being visited frequently, you know that the public is responding well to the content and you can duplicate the success on other pages. Using resources available on the web, measure your own web traffic to improve the performance. Thanks for sharing.

  27. pagetron:
    2-6-2012 at 9:00 pm #

    The problem with quantcast is that to measure traffic for new new site, you need to register with them.Otherwise, they are extremely useful to find the amount of traffic of any site.

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    For specialized websites not receiving a lot of traffic quantcast doesn’t really ferret out the numbers. Given the nature of DNS, that is to be expected. Once a site really climbs in traffic quantcast appears more accurate with my limited experience.

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    Great list. I use them myself except Google. I didn’t know it reports web traffic. Thx.

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    great list, I think i will switch to quantcast…

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