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Youíll also find many further free tracking software solutions at http://www.hotscripts.com
But personally speaking, what Iíve found works very well and avoids putting any increased strain on my existing websites is using a third party tracking service.
The only things really to worry about when using a third party service are:
Over past month Iíve been using ecommStats (http://www.ecommstats.com). Now, this service isnít free, but at this time they give you 50,000 free page views per domain, and depending how busy your site is those page views can last you a very long time.
The service works great and is very easy to add to your pagesósimply add three lines of code at bottom of each of your pages (you can easily do this with Server Side Includes if youíre comfortable with that) and all your visitors get tracked accurately and in great detail.
Alternatively - an entirely free (at this time) and very established service is StatCounter (http://statcounter.com). It even has a rave review from Tucows.com (one of largest download sites on internet) which speaks for itself and adds a lot of credibility to service.
And just in case youíre wondering how a free service like StatCounter makes money, well - since itís such a popular service with many webmasters logging in every day (and many Iím sure even more than once a day just like me) that itís made it very easy for them to sell a lot of advertising on their site. They also offer an upgrade to their advanced paid service.
But thinking beyond free services, as your business grows you may choose to upgrade to high end paid services that provide even more in depth information about your visitors...
Services like Urchin (Urchin.com - owned by Google) or Deep Metrix (DeepMetix.com). However, to help you grow your business to that point you need to keep a close eye on what your visitors are doing and where theyíre coming from, and free tracking software and services is a great way for you to start to do this.
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