Blogger Live Stats Vs WordPress Stats: Which Is Better?

Filed as Reviews on July 6, 2010 6:32 pm

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Despite being late to the analytics game, Blogger has recently unveiled live stats for BlogSpot fans in order to help their users attain a greater grasp of where their traffic is coming from.

Although some of you use Google Analytics or other third party tools to track your blog traffic, many of you have requested an easier-to-use, fully-integrated stats feature for Blogger. We heard that, and we are excited to announce that Blogger in Draft now has built-in stats. Just go to Blogger in Draft, and you’ll notice a new “Stats” tab. You don’t have to install or configure anything to start benefitting [sic] from Stats.

The coolest thing about the new Blogger Stats is that it monitors and analyzes your visitor traffic in near-real-time. You can see which posts are getting the most visits and which sites are sending traffic to your blog right now. (Blogger In Draft)

This latest feature should help put the world’s most popular blogging service on par with WordPress, who also boasts an internal stats service known as WordPress Stats.

Although both WordPress Stats and Blogger Stats have many similarities, there are a few key differences that separate the two services from each other (which might surprise users of both services).

Stats By The Minute

Although WordPress does an excellent job at showcasing your traffic on a day by day basis, Blogger goes one step further by highlighting your traffic by the minute.

This data can be useful to discover peak traffic throughout the day, which can help a BlogSpot devotee determine the best times to blog (at least as far as their readers are concerned).

Global Stats Galore?

Although both WordPress Stats and Blogger Live Stats highlight your daily totals, top referring sites, SEO keywords, etc., Blogger goes one step further by showcasing a map of where your traffic is coming from (down to the country!!)

This can be very helpful for BlogSpot owners, as it can help them identify regional strong holds from around the world (data which could be used to attract advertisers from specific nations).

Browser And OS Data

Unlike WordPress Stats, Blogger Live Stats informs BlogSpot loyalists on which browsers are popular upon their sites, which can help them design and optimize their Blogger layouts accordingly reducing the “browser doesn’t work in IE/Chrome/Firefox” complaints via inbox.

Blogger Live Stats also informs BlogSpot fans on which OS’s are popular on their site, although this feature is really only useful if one is receive a lot of traffic from Android or iOS mobile devices (as it may inspire one to create a mobile friendly site).

There’s An App For That!

Despite lacking superior features to its “orange B” rival, WordPress does have one advantage in the fact that users can view their blog’s stats upon their iPhone (via third party) or Blackberry device, with support for Android smart phones coming in the future.

Even though Blogger Live Stats is still in beta, it is doubtful that Google will ever release a native stats app for Blogger fans (although we may see one appear via third party).

Conclusion

Despite the fact that WordPress Stats provides basic analytical data for the WP faithful, their stats package looks (surprisingly) meager when compared against Blogger’s Live Stats.

Unfortunately WordPress.com does not allow users to use third party tools (like Google Analytics) to make up for the lack of features.

Hopefully the WP team upgrades their stats package soon lest they cede the analytical crown to BlogSpot when Blogger Live Stats is rolled out to the Google loving masses.

Update: Corrected a grammatical error within the article.

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  1. By Big Fella posted on July 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm
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    “Although WordPress does an excellent job at showcasing your traffic on a day by day basis, Blogger goes one step further by highlighting your traffic by the minuet.”

    But do I need a harpsichord to interpret it?

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  2. By Darnell Clayton posted on July 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm
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    Thanks! Corrected the error above! :-)

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  3. By Kaushik posted on July 7, 2010 at 8:11 am
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    Blogger stats are simply amazing. It’s just like another Google Analytics, only easier to use and with a better interface.

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  4. By Teknisyan posted on July 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm
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    The blogger real time stats is easier to use. Though unlike Google analytics, it not as detailed as analytics, but people who just want to know the basic stats on their blog, Blogger Stats is more than enough for them. I love how they summarize all the data on the OVERVIEW Tab. Then just provide more detailed information when you click on the individual tabs. :)

    http://www.teknisyan.net/2010/07/realtime-stats-on-bloggercom.html

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  5. By Tola posted on August 6, 2010 at 9:48 am
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    Hi Darnell,
    Yeah, I’m loving the new blogger stats myself. I actually just blogged about it myself!
    I think it’s a great tool to break the ice on web analytics so well done to Blogger for that!
    Infact, it’s gonna encourage me to market blogger to people a whole lot more!
    I love the way you compared the blogger stats with WordPress, haven’t looked at wordpress stats much myself so from what you said, it seems blogger is winning! Yes!!

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  6. By Benjer McVeigh posted on October 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm
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    Yep, lovin’ Blogger stats here. I still use Google Analytics for the heavy lifting, but the real-time stats Blogger provides are really usefull throughout the day.

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  7. By Robert Thompson posted on December 4, 2010 at 9:00 am
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    I absolutely love Blogger Stats. It is so cool to look at the map of the world and see where my traffic is coming from. I am fascinated beyond words and i am having so much fun promoting my blog. Blogger Stats ROCKS! Yeah!

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