Clicky Makes Me Feel Like I Am Starting All Over Again

I’ve been blogging for years, and I have believe that I have been evolving, but right now, I’m stuck at exactly where I started. It’s all because of Clicky.

When I started out blogging. I didn’t focus on writing. I didn’t focus on hustling, and I didn’t spend hours a day making my blog into something worth reading. I wanted all the shortcuts, and I wanted to learn blackhat techniques. I wanted to learn methods to get easy traffic. It was all about the numbers. If I just got enough traffic, I would certainly earn money, and that was the whole point of blogging (at least that’s what it felt like at the moment).

Clicky is Google Analytics on Steroids

I have been using Google Analytics for many years. I started using it the day after I launched my blog. I don’t use statistics much, but I have been looking at my stats at least once a month. There are so many advanced features with Google Analytics, and I have written several posts about some of the most interesting features, just take a look at the following posts:

The thing is, I started out looking at Google Analytics and analyzing my traffic every single day. All I ever cared about was improving the traffic to my blog and the bounce rate. I could sit for hours, just looking at the numbers (I have a masters degree in political science, and I’m suppose to love statistics). I got bored with the stats. I wanted to create. I wanted freedom. And I discovered that all I really wanted was to connect with people, learn from them, and teach them what I know. And in the end, it’s all about having fun. To me, statistics isn’t that much fun. Well, until I discovered Clicky.

Clicky Makes Me Sit and Just Stare at the Screen

I’m not kidding. I installed Clicky about a week ago. And the first thing that happened after I started going through the features is that my eyes got stuck watching one word in the menu. The word was SPY. I love the word spy. It’s so… adventurous.

the spy feature at Clicky

Clicky made me click. I love that name too. Clicky. I had no idea what the SPY feature was, but that was the first feature I discovered. And it might be the only feature I need. I was stunned looking at the screen and the information I received from my visitors. I was James Bond in my pyjamas, while my wife and kids were sleeping.

I can watch my visitors in realtime at Clicky

Looking at the screen at Clicky, I got information in real time. I was watching who was visiting my blog. I got information about what posts they where looking at, how many actions they performed (one action is just visiting the post), and how they entered my blog. I watched how they had searched Google to end up at my blog posts. And I even got information from the spy feature at Clicky on how the keywords or phrases ranked at Google. This was amazing. More people kept visiting my site, and every few minutes another person arrived, and I got even more information. Clicky made me stick. I felt like I was glued to my chair. It was like I was a teenager playing Civilization all over again (I used to play all day long, and all night, without eating or sleeping. I just forgot about time completely).

Why the SPY feature at Clicky is Awesome and Addictive

Clicky turned me into a spy. I’m spying. I feel like James Bond. It’s a good feeling. What I discovered with Clicky is that I can do tests in real time. The SPY feature makes me see what people are looking at when they are at my blog. I can see what they’re doing and what they’re not doing. I can add a banner, and I can see if the next visitor to this particular blog post will click on the banner or not. I can add some links, I can add more text, or less text or a new headline or whatever in order to test if people will click (take action). I don’t have to wait another day to get some advanced statistics from Google (I know that Google Analytics is awesome, and that they’ll have real time stats as well, but to me, Clicky makes it a lot easier and a lot more fun).

I have completely forgotten about why I was so interested in watching statistics. Statistics can be a lot of fun, and addictive, and that’s what I rediscovered after I started using Clicky. The problem though, there’s always a problem, is that I’m so fascinated by staring at the spy feature at Clicky, I don’t actually know that I’ll use the statistics for anything, other than watch my visitors enter and exit my posts.

  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn

    Hi Jens, Well, if you tell everyone you’re a spy… I’m just saying, I don’t think James Bond ever revealed his profession.

    I signed up for Clicky but didn’t really use it. I just went back to my account and re-activated it. Thanks for the suggestion! But when I clicked on Spy, it said that feature was only available for Premium accounts.

    It’s difficult to imagine you being anything other than genuine and humble, Jens. Are you sure that was you using Black Hat techniques?

    Thanks so much for being the 100th person to Like The Wonder of Tech Facebook Page! :-)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    I know, I would suck at being a spy :)

    I have a premium account. I tested it for about a week, and you get all the premium features for the first 30 days (I believe that it’s 30 days). But, I decided to upgrade within a week, because I received an offer I couldn’t resist.

    I don’t think that I ever used a black hat technique, but I was thinking a lot about it and studying many different techniques. I was looking for the short cuts. That’s mostly because I read about people earning a lot of money doing almost nothing online. I wanted what they had… but I soon discovered that wasn’t part of who I am. I want to have fun, and connect with people.

    You’re welcome. I looked at your Facebook Page and I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t already a fan. I must have forgotten. I should have been number 1. But better late than never…

  • Sonia

    Ha! Ha! Don’t you just love this! If you aren’t using Clicky, run and get this program for your blog. It’s a tool you will come to love!

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    It’s funny. I was just writing this post when I visited yours about Clicky. Your post was awesome, and it had all the details (all the details that I missed) :)

  • Brankica

    Welcome to the dark side :)

  • Radu

    I see that everybody praise this service, can you be sure of his reliability?

  • Carolyn

    Oh Jens, now you’re confusing me! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say when you’re a spy? “I could never be a spy.” Hmm…I’ll have to have a think about this. :-0

  • Carolyn

    One of Brankica’s Amazing Christmas gifts is a Clicky subscription. So you can ask your loved ones to help you spy! (Brankica’s article is a Must Read!)

  • Craig McBreen

    Jens,

    I’ve been at this for about three months so it’s about time I started looking at Google Analytics, huh? I installed it several months ago, but honestly have only looked at it twice, but now this Clicky thing has me pretty darn excited. Anyway, I’ve just been focusing on writing and networking, but spying does sound like fun. Thanks!

  • Raj

    Spying to understand more about your readers? C’mon tell me what you have found about me :)

  • Martin

    Have you kept the Google Analytics code on your blog? Call me crazy, but I think, in small proportions, it influences the way Google ranks websites. When it comes to SEO and Google positioning, depending on certain keywords, every little detail matters. Clicky seems great, but I would leave the Google Analytics code on my websites too, just in case it really matters, especially they work so great now. Yeah, Google’s team says keywords, meta-titles and so on don’t influence rankings, but how come they do it by the book with their websites? Well, I can talk about this subject for days :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    A Norwegian spy, that would have been something… I’m getting an idea for a new novel :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Thanks. I’m so impressed by Clicky. I keep staring at it, and thinking of the different ways I can use it.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Carolyn,

    That’s awesome. I haven’t read that article yet, but will do later today.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    I have been comparing some of the stats with Google Analytics, and it seems to be very reliable. The only thing that I can see that is different is the bounce rate. It’s lower in Clicky.

    And, I trust the people who have been telling me about Clicky. They’ve been using it for a while.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Craig,

    You won’t be sorry. I have been using Google Analytics for a long time, but I hardly check my stats anymore. Clicky comes with a 30-days free premium trial. I decided to pay for the premium service after using it for a week. You can learn a lot from your visitors.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hey Raj,

    I don’t know much about a single reader, but I could probably do it. I have seen that it’s possible to actually see users based on their name when they comment on my blog :)

    But, I don’t do stuff like that.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Martin,

    Yes, I have my Google Analytics code on my blog. I have also heard that it can influence SEO and google positioning. I have thought about removing it, because I don’t like to have extra (“useless”) code on my websites. But, the last code I’ll remove will be code that belongs to Google :)

  • http://billdorman.me Bill Dorman

    Hey Jens, after I complained about your tab bar blocking my ability to read and respond, Lori @LifeforInstance told me how to ‘fix’ it. If you press the control key and move the scroll wheel on your mouse, you can click the font down a notch or two to move the text away from the tab bar. I was having the same issue at her place. I hope it didn’t cause you too much angst trying to correct it.

    I’m trying to make my existence sustainable. I’m afraid the more I cling to the things people say should matter in social, ie SEO, backlinks, visits, keywords, etc the more I get away from just writing and engaging. I know all that stuff is important to most people in here and I’m certainly not downplaying the significance. I just need to be careful not to get caught up in it right now because that is what almost chewed me up the first time.

    However, now I am intrigued and I think we all have a little spy in us, huh? Thanks for sharing, hope all is well.

  • igor Griffiths

    Well hello Jens

    Thanks for recommending Clicky, having switched over to the new GA layout I must admit I have begun to trust their figures less and less, especially when it comes to tracking stats for optin pages hosted on the same domain but supposedly using separate tracking filtered to isolate root activity.

    Will be interesting tracking the differences over the next week and of course this means I will have to write something to attract visitors…never mind Santas list, my to do list is long enough!

    igor Griffiths

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Bill,

    No problem, I was just testing the tab bar, and I wasn’t that happy about it anyway. So, what you did was actually a favor :)

    I understand what you’re saying when it comes to SEO, statistics etc.. I’m also trying not to get caught up in it right now, but I’m afraid that I’m a little addicted to Clicky. Hopefully it will go away sometime soon. I want to focus on writing, and connecting with people, and not turning everything into statistics.

    Have a wonderful weekend Bill.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Igor,

    I haven’t tested the new GA layout yet, but I hope it’s better than the old one :)

    I’m not an advanced user of analytics, but to me, Clicky is very easy to understand and even I get most of the advanced statistics.

    I’ve discovered that a post I wrote about christmas gifts to charity more than a year ago is popular on Google. That’s interesting :)

  • http://adriennesmith.net Adrienne

    Hey Jens,

    Glad you are enjoying this little program so much. I did install it some time back but didn’t upgrade. I just stuck with the free account and I have to say, I wasn’t overly impressed. But I didn’t upgrade or take a test run with the paid version either.

    For now I’m just going to stick with Google Analytics. I feel they give me enough relevant information.

    Thanks for sharing though some of their other features. I can see you as a spy! It’s that accent that gets me every time! :-)

  • Mark

    Hey, are you spying on me – LOL!

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hey Adrienne,

    I’m excited about Clicky. It makes the statistics so much more fun. I’m not sure if I really need to be spending so much time watching as my visitors come by and read my articles, but right now I’m really enjoying it.

    I haven’t tested the free version (right now we get the paid version as a free trial for 30 days). So that’s the only version I have tested.

    So you can see me as a spy, not sure if that’s a compliment or not, but if you’re thinking about James Bond, then I guess it’s a compliment :-)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Of course ;-)

  • Ruth – The Freelance Writing Blog

    I swear, it seems that every day there is a new feature or plugin or widget to explore. Life as a blogger is never dull, that is for sure! Haven’t checked it out, but will now. It sounds like Brankica’s post might be another good resource…off to read! Have a great night Jens.

    (BTW, I like the idea of a Norwegian spy :-))

  • http://adriennesmith.net Adrienne

    Oh Jens, the spy reference is definitely a compliment! I LOVE James Bond.. That’s how I see you. One really cool dude! :-)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Thanks a lot :-)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Ruth,

    It’s true, life as a blogger is never dull :-)

    I haven’t read Brankica’s post yet, but I will soon. I really enjoy Clicky. I’m watching the stats right now, but I’m still thinking that I need to take some kind of action and not just watch.

    Glad you like the idea of the Norwegian spy :-)

  • Rick

    Clicky is indeed a very interesting tool. If you’re using WP, there’s a handy clicky plugin here that adds the code to your entire site: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/clicky/

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks a lot for reminding me. I installed the WordPress plugin, and I have even bought the iPad app (Clicky Touch) – it’s awesome.

    Thanks :)

  • http://billdorman.me Bill Dorman

    If only your mom is showing up, like at my place, I know exactly where she’s been. I don’t need analytics for that………:). I better not see her going to your place now.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Your place is packed with people. I’m impressed if your mom is there too.y mom has never visited my blog. But my dad, that’s a completely different story :-)

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion

    Hey buddy, fun stuff, I’ve thought about writing a post on Clicky before as well. I use the pro version on TSL and enjoy the feature. It doesn’t always line up with GA, but what the heck does these days.

    Here is why I think it has value:

    1. See how much time your fans and readers are truly spending on the site.
    2. See who is coming and going quickly
    3. See who acts like they’re really interested by are not.
    4. Get a much better feel for how titles and calls to action affect how quickly read your blog posts and then do something with it.
    5. See what people are clicking in terms of visiting other sites/links you’ve posted (can be very effective for an affiliate link or something like that)..

    Just a few thoughts. This was fun bud.

    Marcus

    PS(and now you can go and see that I was on here for 9 minutes ;-) )

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Marcus,

    9 minutes? It’s more like 8 minutes and 28 seconds ;-)

    I have only been using Clicky for a little more than a week, but so far I’m very happy with how easy it is to get some very advanced statistics. I’m thinkin of developing a way to get the stats that matters to me, and especially how to find out how to get my visitors to engage and spend more time on my blog.

    It’s fairly easy to see which posts that makes people leave fast, and which posts that makes people stay longer. And that my friend is one thing I have missed to do something about with GA. It’s probably not GA’s fault, but my own. On the other hand, I discovered this at Clicky without even looking for it.

    Thanks a lot for your awesome comment Marcus. Have a wonderful weekend bud.

  • janifer

    Good information for me,thanks for sharing.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Thanks a lot for your feedback. I highly recommend Clicky if you’re looking for a way to use statistics on your websites. I have discovered so many interesting things about my visitors and how I write after using Clicky for only a week.

  • Katie Woodard

    Clicky sounds awesome. I want to spy on my website’s visitors too. I’m going to check it out for sure. I love how technology is these days. We can do almost anything.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Katie,

    Clicky is awesome, and the 30-days free trial is for the professional version. So, you’ll get to see and use everything before you need to decide if you want to buy it. Brilliant :)

  • Eddie Gear

    I’ve tried clicky and its awesome indeed, I like the fact that I tells me which tweet actually sent me the clicks.

  • olatoun-graceny

    This is so interesting i use GA and Feedjit i ve sign up for clicky want to share in the excitement.

  • Steve

    Jens,

    You need to get a virtual assistant no named Ms. Moneypenny. LOL.

    I am with you on this. I first used Clicky a while back. But I never used it much. Recently I got the Pro version and I have been slowly moving away from Google Analytics in favor of Clicky. They juts give you SO MUCH information.

    I am convinced they will somewhere in its databases it will tell you the name of the pets owned by people who visit the sites. (Okay not really…but it can be darn thorough)

  • Ryan

    Jens,
    I get the same feeling as you when I first started using Clicky. The real time feature and all others really let you dig deep into your visitors. I really dig the spying feature as well, it’s great to see how your viewers are interacting. It’s a great alternative to programs like CrazyEgg, something I like to invest in the future.
    Go clicky or go home!

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    I have just had a short look at the Twitter feature, but that looks really powerful. Are you still using Clicky, or are you using GA?

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    I have actually never heard of Feedjit, is it working out for you? And what does it do?

    You won’t be sorry if you try Clicky. It’s completely free trial, and you get all the features of the pro version. If you cancel, you won’t have to pay anything.

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    Yes, Ms. Moneypenny, that would have been awesome :)

    I have so much to learn from Clicky, but so far, this is the most powerful stuff I’ve tried when it comes to statistics and understanding what I’m doing online. I’m definitively going to study things and try to become a lot better at what I do.

    Thanks a lot Steve. I have so much to learn from you, and I have some very interesting things happening in 2012, so I’ll probably ask you tons of questions soon. Hope you’re ready for them :)

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    Hey Ryan,

    I have thought about testing CrazyEgg as well. Have you tried it? I’m not sure if I need both, or if Clicky is enough. Anyway, I’m still kind of a newbie when it comes to statistics on my website, so I need all the advice I can get in order to become better at what I do online.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Ryan

    Hey Jens,
    I have not but have seriously started considering it for my niche sites. I wanna see how placing certain items such as third party ads really affect the whole scheme of things. For now though, clicky has been more than enough. Let me know if you get a chance to check it out. There are crazy egg alternatives out there that are free if you don’t wanna dish out the monthly fee.

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    I’ll let you know. I don’t have any niche sites yet, but that’s something I want to be creating in 2012. I might even have to sign up for a course to understand what I’m going to do in order to make some profit :)

  • Radu

    I was asking about the reliability because i also have a secondary stats tool that i’m using and i wasn’t sure about its reliability. I will try it and let you know.

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    You mom would get lost in the crowd at your place :)

  • Eddie Gear

    I used the tool to compare some features that Google Offered. Now, I am convinced that there is more to GA than what the eye meets. With Clicky its just that data is displayed in different ways. After moving to a new role as a social media analyst, my perspective on analytic for the Web has changed.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    This is very interesting. You should make this in to a post. I’d love to read about what a social media analyst does, and what kind of tools you are using, and how you are using them. That would be very interesting information to me.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Yes, my mom would, and my dad as well, but it’s not because of the crowd :-)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Very interesting question. I have no idea if one is more reliable than the other, but as far as I know, Clicky is reliable. What’s the other stats tool you are using?

  • Laur

    Real time feature of Clicky was really great when I first tried it. One bad thing is it makes me too much watching the stats and sitting behind PC:)

  • Dave Lucas

    I got CLICKY too – it is my belief that a blogger can never have enough tools to use to interpret traffic – but in the end, if I have but 5 people who stop by every day and benefit from articles I’ve written, then I’ve done my job and they will spread my post on G+, Stumble, Facebook, twitter and wherever else the digital winds take them!

    Blog On!

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com Sergio Felix

    Hey Jens,

    I agree with you a lot on Clicky even though I don’t have a big amount of traffic on my new blog yet it is much more thorough than Google Analytics and I can pin point with more accuracy what is bring people to the site and what they are doing while on it.

    The feature I like a lot is the Big Screen as I can see in big green numbers what is happening and I also just LOVE the Spy feature as you get a lot of data of what the visitors are currently doing in the site on real time.

    There are still some functions I still haven’t used yet but looking forward to dabble more with it.

    Definitely a must have for anyone who is interested in tracking, statistics and split testing their sites online.

    Sergio

  • olatoun-graceny

    Feedjit is good but I didn’t explore,I just installed the free version on my blog and it shows the time of visit and the vistors country…will like to explore clicky…

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    That’s what happened to me as well :-)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi David,

    Thanks a lot for the feedback. Clicky is the best tool I’ve bought in a long time. I’m spending a lot of time right now to understand my visitors.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Sergio,

    Yes, you don’t need a lot of traffic to use Clicky. It’s about analyzing what you have, and understanding what your visitors are doing on your site and what you need to do in order to improve your performance. It’s so much easier with Clicky than with GA.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    You should try Clicky. It’s completely free for the first 30 days. You can just stop and you don’t have to pay anything if you don’t like it. On the other hand, I bet you’ll be hooked like I am. I’m spending way too much time analysing my visitors :)

  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn

    Okay, you got me. I just signed up for the premium version of Clicky so I could be a, er, I mean see SPY too. Wow. Very cool I can just see myself spending so much time on Clicky that I forget to post.

    I especially love the flag feature so I can see who is on my blog that day. My family is very impressed how many countries seem to find their way to my blog.

    Thanks for recommending this, Jens. It’s a fantastic (and addictive) tool!

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    That’s awesome Carolyn. I’m glad you upgraded. I simply love Clicky.

    I haven’t tried the flag feature yet. I have to go back and see if I can find it :)

    I’m still so fascinated with the spy feature, and I just keep watching people as they appear and go from post to post :)

  • Heather Smith

    Its a nice tool to use for a blogger, How can I have this application?

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens

    Hi Heather,

    Just sign up via the link in the post, and you can start using it for the free trial. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to pay anything.

  • Radu

    It has been a while since i use statcounter. It does the job quite good even though is not as accurate as google’s analytics.

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