Comparison of Analytics Tools

Google Analytics vs Conversion Tracking vs Simple Analytics vs Clicky

John Turner

Real reviews by me, John Turner.

Founder of ConversionTracking.com

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Analytic tool comparisons
Google Analytics

Google Analytics

ConversionTracking

ConversionTracking

Simple Analytics

Simple Analytics

Clicky

Clicky

Review
My Take

The once awesome Google Analytics is now GA4. In my opinion, it's a regression in usability but power users may like the advanced capabilities. There are fewer built-in reports now so you'll have to use the built-in report builder tool or Looker Studio if you need advanced reports that used to exist by default. This is an issue for most casual users as they are not easy to create. You can still get some general data with the built-in reports like visits, some attribution and e-commerce revenue.

ConversionTracking.com focuses on prioritizing revenue over just counting visits, aiming to maximize profit rather than merely tracking site traffic. With over 25 user-friendly reports, we it provides first-touch, last-touch, and assisted attribution insights, allowing you to identify the initial source, what drives conversions,

Simple Analytics is also a privacy-first Google Analytics alternative tool. Their interface is the simplest and easy to use and understand. But this is at the cost or more advanced features that Plausible and Fathom have. 

Clicky has been around a long time and one look at the website and you can tell. It’s also now privacy first. The user interface is fairly unique compared to the other services but is still easy to use. Again the biggest turn off for some may be the look. I actually like it. Reminds me of the early web. But the tool still has lots of functionality built in.

Pros
  • It’s FREE
  • Lots of Integrations
  • Large Community for Help
  • Best ecommerce tracking
  • See exactly where sales and leads come from
  • Easy to use and has lots of built-in reports
  • Super Simple Interface
  • Privacy First
  • Goals and Events Tracking


  • Fast and Easy to Use
  • Robust features and reports like heat mapping, uptime montoring
  • Competitive pricing for the features you get
Cons
  • Lack of Built-In Reports
  • Slow
  • Bugy

  • Only tracks ecommerce, does not track vanity metrics like pageviews and bounce rate
  • May be too simple for some advanced marketers
  • Uses cookies and serverside tracking for the most accurate data
  • Least amount of built-in reports of the Privacy First analytics tools
  • Limited filtering
  • May be too simple for some


  • 90's / early 2000's User Interface
  • Forums for support
  • Not many updates or recent developments
Verdict

The main thing GA4 has going for it is that it is free. Besides that, it’s kind of a pain. I use it for general analytics and I built and use conversiontracking.com for ecommerce tracking.

If you want to know know where your sales are from then this is the tool you need. Most analytics tools focus solely on the last touchpoint. This means for example that if someone visits your site or product through an ad or a blog post, then returns directly to your website the next day to make a purchase or sign up, most platforms will attribute the conversion to the last touchpoint, in this case, "Direct." ConversionTracking.com provides first, last, and assisted.

I like Simple Analytics, but it is a bit to simple and for the cost there are better privacy-first alternatives. They do have a Free plan but it denotes fair use. Not sure what that means.

Clicky is just OK, I feel there are better alternatives in the price range.

Pricing
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Pricing: FREE - larger sites will be sampled.

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Plans are based on monthly pageviews and are feature-gated. Free plan. 2 months free with annual plans.

Free:  Fair use unlimited pageviews
Simple: Starts at $10 per month for 10k pageviews
Team: Starts at $40 per month for 10k pageviews

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Pricing is based on pageviews and feature gated. Free plan. Offers annual pricing discounts with 33% off.

Free: Free plan offers 3,000 pageviews
Pro: $9.99 per month for 30,000 pageviews
Pro Plus: $14.99 per month for 30,000 pageviews
Pro Platinum: 19.99 per month for 100,000 pageviews

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