Today I learned of a website analytics software package called Woopra that is a very interesting application for sure! The premise of it is that you install a tracking script on your site, and you are then able to view your site visitors “in real time” as they navigate around. As a test, I set it up on the NCGenWeb site since Weepro rocks and offers a WordPress plugin. If I were not using WordPress, like Google Analytics code, it would need to be placed on each page I wanted to track.
Upon installation, I can then log into the Dashboard where I see the number of current visitors; the number of visitors over the past several hours; find out if those visitors are just reading or potentially writing, or are idle; what pages are currently being viewed, recent search queries that landed them on the site, which sites they just left to come to NCGenWeb, and what countries they are from. I sent out a test call to my G+ & Twitter community and had a terrific response!
There is a nifty World Map that plots visitors on the map
I can see repeat activity too. Here is Visitor #47 who at the time I captured this screen shot, had visited the site 4 times within an hour. Visitor 47 is from the Knoxville area and is a Comcast customer who uses Firefox as their web browser.
In the ultimate of coolness, I can also prompt a chat session with any specific visitor(s). I sent out several chat requests during the test and had some fun exchanges. This is what the chat request looks like
And this is an example chat I did with Fran
Thanks to Fran’s retweet, I also had a brief chat with Mary who even complimented the NCGenWeb site – aww.. thanks Mary!
Is all this cool or what? Now, how might I use this for genealogical advantage?
Well, within the first 10 minutes of my use, I saw that one visitor was receiving a 404 message for a site they tried to access twice, so I set up a redirect from it to the new location of that page – it was one I’d missed the last time I moved things around so I was able to see that and fix it. Also, for the TNGenWeb project we are about to do a site redesign, so it may be interesting to use this as a way to survey site visitors.
There’s a lot of potential here. It is one thing to see your stats in various software packages, but completely another to see it LIVE!