Anyone who has used Google Analytics knows this feeling: You’ve just gotten your developer to install “Analytics” on your site and you’re eager to see the results. You open it up and say, “Hey, where’s the data?” You are then informed that it takes up to 24 hours for the analytics data to start coming in… nice.
Real time data is all well and good if you’ve got time to burn; sitting and waiting to see which pages get the most hits and which pages your users are just plain ignoring, but what if you want to see charts and graphs that show visits over time? Chartbeat has a pretty cool “Historical” view that shows the traffic, page load time and more, but over the past day, week or month. If you’ve had a traffic spike and want to know what caused it, you can also zoom in on that section and play it back in real-time to see what pages users were coming from and what tweets were talking about you. I’ve recently added chartbeat to a few of the sites I help manage (you get 5 sites with the basic plan), and I’ve been really happy with the real-time view of the traffic, and it’s even helped me identify some usability issues.
Chartbeat offers a free trial for 30 days, and it’s $9.95 / month if you decided to keep the service.