Monday, July 17, 2006

(Misc) Tracking Stats/Demographics on Sites

Is there a way, through a tracking service or otherwise, to get demographic info for visitors. I currently use Extreme Tracking and StatCounter, but neither of them provide that info (beyond state/country visitor is from). It's possible such a thing doesn't exist, but if something like that is out there, I know you guys would know about it. ;) Thanks in advance!


This post written by Cate from Sweetnicks.

5 comments:

Cybele said...

What sort of demographic info are you looking for?

StatCounter does provide quite a bit of info - like the viewing path of a person arriving at your site and how many times they've visited. (I've never used Extreme Tracking.)

Anything more than that might be regarded as an invasion of privacy for your readers.

You can always run a poll to find out who your readers are.

Vanessa said...

not exactly sure about the invasion of privacy part.... but depending on the type of information you want, it's highly likely you just won't be able to get it.

if you do a whois.sc search on an IP address, that's about as good as it gets. unless the internet service providers keep track of the age, sex, etc of their consumers... there's really no way for you to get to that.

as cybele said, the easiest but not most thorough way would be to have a poll. sarah from the delicious life seems to have gotten a pretty good response rate.

Cate said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I was planning on doing a short male/female poll for curiosity's sake, but for other purposes, I was looking for more extended demographics, i.e., sex, age, etc. StatCounter and Extreme Tracking both provide good info on what people do on your site, how they got there, etc., just not a lot about them aside from their location.

juliebean said...

Sitemeter gives demographics, referral urls, with in/out clicks/IPs, etc....

I love Sitemeter...I have it on all of my sites....

Hope this helps!

Elise said...

Hi Cate,
The only way I know how to get that sort of demographic information about your site visitors is to run a survey. Check out http://www.surveymonkey.com.