5 Reasons Why I Replaced Feedjit With Statcounter

Feedjit is perhaps the most popular traffic counter commonly seen on a majority of free blogs (especially those hosted freely on blogspot). I fell in love with Feedjit when I was new to blogging and ever since then it became my first choice as a traffic counter.

Its intuitive way of displaying live visitors is still unparalleled to any traffic counter of its kind! If you are a regular reader of this blog then you might have noticed a small change – Feedjit gone! I replaced it with statcounter and there are 5 solid reasons that helped me coming down to this decision. Here they are:

1. It displays visitors’ stats publicly

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No one likes their surfing footprints to be displayed publicly and this is what Feedjit does! You can find the live traffic stream of any website using Feedjit at – live.feedjit.com/live/homepageurl/0/. Moreover, it also displays the exact search query used by the visitors to arrive at a particular webpage. I know that not everyone is offended at this notoriety, but I value the privacy of my every single reader!
Contrary to that, statcounter provides you with an option of invisible tracking – the ability to monitor the visitor activity right from your statcounter account. That’s the very first reason i decided to replace it with statcounter.

2. Ad-supported & leaks out pagerank

ads-feedjit_thumb5Free version of Feedjit comes at the price of advertisements. When I’m not even using AdSense on my site then why should I tolerate those misleading text and banner ads? Secondly, from a webmaster’s point of view – like any other widget, the feedjit widget also leaks the pagerank of the homepage. Contrary, statcounter’s invisible tracking does the same job fairly well and that too without leaking out any pagerank.

3. A morbid obsession for traffic

Having using feedjit for over a year, it made me a traffic maniac. I was so obsessed with the live traffic stream that after every one hour I used to open that URL on my mobile device to count the number of visitors in a day. Besides giving me this unhealthy addiction, this morbid obsession also contributed around 30% to my mobile bill every month. Don’t know why I’m not at all obsessed with statcounter :P

4. Not seen on top blogs

One of the best things about blogging is that you can always learn from the top blogs in your niche. Have a look at Problogger and Copyblogger – they are not using Feedjit, perhaps because it’s kiddish to boast off the traffic count & most importantly they value the privacy of their loyal readers at the very first place.

5. Traffic log limit

Feedjit has a short traffic log limit. In the process of tracking new visitors the old ones are lost! That’s the final reason why I replaced it with statcounter (which provides full tracking details of up to 500 entries)

Congregating it all, here’s a detailed comparison table of the two traffic counters:

  Feedjit StatCounter
Free Yes Yes
Ad Supported Yes No
Invisible/background tracking No (the widget has to be present on the sidebar for the counter to work) Yes (No need to add any widget, just add the tracking code in the html and you are good to go)
Traffic log limit short & depends on how busy your website is 500 entries (log limit independent of how busy your website is)
Tracking type Basic (just visiting country, browser, OS, source and exit links) Advanced (besides basic tracking, it provides several advanced tracking details like IP, ISP, popular pages, average time on the site and much more)

So which one is your favourite traffic counter? Do you also prefer statcounter over feedjit? Feel free to share your thoughts!

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  • Hariharakumar

    Have a feed button on your site. It helps site visitors to subscribe to your blog feed. Thanks for the nice article.

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      The subscription form is there on the right sidebar! Thanks 4 the feedback ;)

  • http://kirsaldatipokuyangay.blogspot.com/ KTOG

    ima try mate ;) thanks.
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  • http://www.hackingsociety.in/ Pulkit Juneja

    I can hide the feedjit live counter in blogger and it continues to work as before. :)

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      That’s great Pulkit! There must be a hack for doing that. But still, there are many areas where feedjit still lacks behind statcounter :)

      • http://www.fingersonascreen.com/ Sangram Nandkhile

        Both the widgets are great. I loved feedjit the way it shows my live visitors and statcounters is good for checking consolidated report.

        You can easily hide by putting it in a Div with visibility set to None. I use both the widgets on same blog.

        • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

          Yup, both of them are good in their own areas. Feedjit is more like an eye candy while statcounter provides far better comprehensive reports as you said :)

    • Sandra Renee

      Hi –

      How do I hide the feedjit live counter in Blogger? My aim is to hide it from visitors but that I’ll be able to view it.

  • http://www.silverpixiefly.com/ Silverpixiefly

    Thank you for the advice.

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      You’re welcome :)

  • Charles

    I converted to statcounter from feedjit a few days ago after reading this post. I am in complete agreement with 3; I no longer obsessively monitor traffic (no idea why either). Thanks for the conversion :)

    • http://www.buddinggeek.com/ Abhishek

      Glad it was helpful for you! :)

  • http://sphyder.com/ Emmanuel Harrison

    Hmmm… Interesting post.
    I’m not a blogger though but I learnt.
    Wanted to add it to a website I’m developing.