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Google Analytics Vs Piwik?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Dane-P, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. Dane-P

    Dane-P Newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    Which one do you prefer to use analytics or piwik?

    I've been taking a look more these days at Piwik and found some interesting articles that say there are a number of people moving away from google analytics in favour of this?

    What are your thoughts or would you use both?
     
  2. WebLab

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    Piwik - complete control over web analysis, can be customized, extended according to need due to open source
    Google analytics - Although it provides most of the helpful web analysis, we have to be dependent on what it provides. Some of your website info may be going public through Google services.
     
  3. itsdjango

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    Never used Piwik before but Google Analytics is best i guess.
     
  4. Lalalaenhund

    Lalalaenhund Power Member

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    Don't use analytics if you do anything blackhat, that is my advice.
     
  5. mazgalici

    mazgalici Supreme Member

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    I also think this
     
  6. timcollins

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    Yeah I'm totally agreed with Lalalaenhund, Google Analytics is the best one if you are going to use white hat.
     
  7. blackhatdamo

    blackhatdamo Registered Member

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    PIWIK , I wrote an essay comparing these two for uni
     
  8. Dane-P

    Dane-P Newbie

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    No blackhat going on this way.

    Piwik seems a nice feel to it and I like the fact that it is open source and self hosted.
     
  9. hardcorebiker

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    Use Wordpress plugins like Jetpack or Slimstat. They give more info than analytics I feel.
     
  10. ezines

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    I'm also thinking of using slimstat.
     
  11. projwest

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    I liked Piwik but it really bogged down my server.
     
  12. meln

    meln Junior Member Premium Member

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    Personally I use Clicky. It's not free, but it's very powerful and I like the fact that it's run by a third party and not Google. Hosting analytics data yourself is not a good idea IMO, unless you have lots of spare resources. A heavily trafficed site will generate a ton of analytics data real fast.
     
  13. walter26

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    i have never used Piwik but I thing Google Analytics is the best
     
  14. JFoulds

    JFoulds Power Member

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    Piwik for small projects, Analytics for anything big.
    The last thing I want to be dealing with on a big project is rolling my own servers just for collecting analytics.
     
  15. BuildMoreLinks

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    Piwik is a resource eater for the server. I love slimstat and No point in using Google Analytics for anything blackhat.
     
  16. Sone

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    Both are great, but if you are doing black hat stuff. I would go with Piwik.
     
  17. xha44a

    xha44a Power Member

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    Hi

    I'm planning to do a test shortly between the two to see if it makes a difference.

    Check back in a month and I'll likely have posted it here.
     
  18. xpofkex

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    I never used Piwik but Google Analytics is good for analytic your visitors, track conversions, goals and all other cool stuff. I think Piwik is for more just visited users.
     
  19. KHer0

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    Use Yandex Metrica, It will provide you with everything you need. Just like Google Analytics without hiding Search Phrases and Google Spying
     
  20. No1 BrandMaker

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    One point that I would like to say is:

    Google analytics is not for personal use but piwik is for personal use.