Watch people as they interact with your site live. This report updates in real time and shows new visitors coming in as well as existing visitors navigating your site from page to page (premium accounts only).
This column contains several pieces of information :
New or return visitor : this will show 'Return' if a visitor has been to your site at any time in the past, and 'New' if we can not detect previous visits. If a 'Return' visitor is shown, hovering your mouse over the column will show you the time elapsed since the last visit, and the number of visits made by this person on your site.
Note that the detection of return visitors depends on cookies to work : if a visitor has disabled the cookies in his browser or if the cookies file has been reset we will detect a first time visitor even if the visitor is a repeat visitor.
Name : You have the possibility to 'name' a specific visitor in this report. If you do so, Web-Stat will recognize the visitor when he comes back and refer to it by its name in the statsTime Stamp : this is the date and time at which the visitor entered your site. The visitor's time of arrival is recorded using the time zone you entered when creating your account. If the time or date is off, simply adjust your time zone in the Control Panel.
Note that adjusting your time zone will not change the time stamp of visitors that have already been recorded : it will only have an effect on visits recorded after the change.
Referrer :If the visitor accessed your site by clicking a link on another site, the referring site (the referrer) will appear here. Clicking on the referrer will show you the page that the visitor saw before coming to your site (along with the keywords used in the case of a search engine referral). Hovering your mouse over the columns will show you the complete referring URL, including the query string.
Direct access : not all visitors are referred by another site. Sometimes the visitor comes to your site by using a bookmark, or types your URL directly in his browser's address bar. In this case the visit is classified as 'Direct Access'.
Direct access with original referrer : if the visitor types your address to access your site, or uses a bookmark, he is not using a referrer and is therefore counted as a 'direct access', however he may have been referred to your site when he first came to it. In this case Web-Stat remembers the original referrer ; you can display it by hovering your mouse over this column.
Note : to properly configure your account for precise referrer tracking please read the referrer tracking tutorial
If the visitor accessed your site from a search engine, we will show you the keywords used in this column. If the search engine is a pay-per-click engine in which you bid for keywords, we will show you both the natural keywords that were actually used in the search, and the keyword on which you bid and that returned the link to your site.
Note : configure your account for precise keyword tracking in pay-per-click engines, please read the referrer tracking tutorial
'Entry Page' Column
This column shows the URL of the page on which the visitor entered your site.
Entrance pages can be recorded, then listed in different ways :
- using their URL (www.yoursite.com/page1.html)
- using the page title as it appears in the header (widget presentation)
- using a name that you specify yourself (widget_page1)
Note that if your entrance pages are shown by URLs and if your URLs contain query strings (a question mark followed by a string of characters) we will remove the query string for the sake of clarity. You can still see the full URL, including the query string simply by hovering your mouse over it.
Hover your mouse over this column for a quick look, or click on the 'Go' link to see exactly which pages the visitor visited on your site and how long he/she stayed on each page (note that we can not detect the duration of the stay on the very last page visited : we use successive loadings of the counter code on your pages to calculate the length of stay on each page. When the visitor leaves your site - from the last page - he does not load the counter code again and as a result we can not detect that event). We consider that a visitor has 'left' your site when there has been no click-path activity in 30 minutes or more.
This column is also color-coded to show you if a visitor is still on your site at the time of the viewing, and if he converted to one of your target pages. Please click here for more details on conversions tracking.
'Visitor Location & IP' Column
Visitor Location : the geographic location from where the request for your page initiated. Normally this is the location of the server from where a visitor connected and usually this server belongs to the visitor's ISP. Please see this article if you notice that for a given visitor the location is slightly off
IP Number : this column shows the IP address of the server which requested your web page. In most cases the IP belongs to the ISP through which the visitor connects to Internet (which means that 99% of the time you can not identify a visitor from an IP number, all you can tell is that the visitor connected from a server belonging to a given ISP).
IP Name : generally, each IP has an associated domain name, which is easier to read and remember than a string of numbers. When such a name is associated to the IP we indicate it in the popup that will appear if you hover your mouse over the IP number. Note that it is possible for an IP not to have an associated name, in which case the column will contain the word none
IP Owner : IP's are generally purchased by ISPs or large corporations who then allocate them to their clients (your visitors). The owner of the IP is shown in the popup that will appear if you hover your mouse over the IP number.
The operating system used on the computer which the visitor connected to your site from. Hover your mouse over this column for more details on the user agent.
The type of browser with which the visitor accessed to your site. Hover your mouse over this column for more details on the user agent.
'Screen size' Column
The pixel size of the screen on the computer which the visitor connected to your site from. Hover your mouse over this column for more details.
'Screen color' Column
The color definition of the screen on the computer which the visitor connected to your site from. Hover your mouse over this column for more details.