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Kary says July 17, 2014

Thanks for this. I’ve been using Clicky for several days now and I find it much easier than Google Analytics.

Joe Decker says May 9, 2014

Hey Shane, I love these videos! Thanks always good stuff.

Quick question for you!!! What video software do you use to make your videos and the tutorial videos. Love your style hard to find folks you can trust out here. Thanks for being a trustworthy soul.

Any help with the question I asked would be a great bonus for me.
thanks again

Tom says February 7, 2014

hello Shane,

what do you think of Alexa and the pro plan for web metrics?

thanks in advance,

    Shane says February 21, 2014

    Hi Tom,

    I’ve never tried that, so I’m afraid I can’t provide any information about it.

Randy YOung says January 9, 2014

I use Clicky and love it! I haven’t chosen to subscribe to heatmaps, but I wonder how to use them effectively.

Nick says November 1, 2013

Hi Shane,

Excellent review, thanks for that.
You deliver great value everytime you email.
Keep it up!

Lovin hybrid connect and will be purchasing
your new plug in.


Shawn says September 6, 2013

Hey Shane,

Long time customer here (backlink battleplan, awesome screencast, hybrid connect) how do you film your video where you have the website/logo background?

Great content as usual!


    Shane says September 6, 2013

    Hi Shawn,

    I use a portable green screen (something like this) and edit it in Sony Vegas. It’s a fairly simple process, once you get the hang of it. :)

meredith says April 18, 2013

Love it, thanks!

Internet Marketing Up Blog says March 1, 2013

Hello Shane,

I’m trying to keep up with all of your practical advice, services and products. I hope to join you and Matt Carter as a successful online internet marketing entrepreneur soon. I’ve been learning the hard way for a while now but it seems to me that you and Matt are helping me to figure and sort it all out. I appreciate all of your honest and helpful advice. Here’s to getting my Internet Marketing up and running!

Fred Tappan

Mark says February 28, 2013

Signed up while you were reviewing it. Looks great. Thanks!

Richard says February 14, 2013

Hi Shane.

Thanks for your usual great tips. I am going to look into Clicky rght away.


uri says February 13, 2013

Shane, Does clicky allow you to see keywords that come from people whom are logged into Google accounts???

    Shane says February 4, 2013


    Well, looks like RDS is a toolbar for analyzing various SEO metrics for websites.
    Clicky is for measuring and tracking the actual visitors that come to your site. They’re two completely different things and if you like them, there’s no reason not to use both. :)

juan says February 3, 2013

Shane, What are the differences between clicky and RDS?
Why should I use clicky intead of RDS?


    Shane says February 3, 2013

    I’d love to tell you, but I don’t know what RDS is. :)

Adrian says February 1, 2013

It’s always great when you recommend something I use. Makes me think I’m doing something right, at least! Clicky is a very good tool for all the reasons you mentioned. Thanks Shane.

Dave says February 1, 2013

Thanks Shane. A nice easy app:-)

clara says February 1, 2013

I just downloaded clicky two days ago! Haven’t played around with it enough but it’s definitely more intuitive than Google analytics because I managed to use the basic functionality without having to click here and there and everywhere for “clues”. And I like the layout of the dashboard, most of the important things are there already, without you having to click away.

Thanks for the overview of the tool. I’ve started using Asana and you’re right, it’s so easy to use. It’s intuitive plus doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty cool, like you’re sitting behind a cockpit. Any plans to make SECockpit look like that? :)

Can’t wait to see what other apps you use.

Glenda says January 31, 2013

Awesome video, Shane.

Thanks for the content as always.

Your videos are so impressive now, how about a short course on how you make them?

I’ll buy that :-)

    Shane says January 31, 2013

    Hi Glenda,

    Thanks! I have a very extensive course on how to make screencast videos. Adding some more material to include live videos would be nice, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that anytime soon…

Scot Zoumbaris says January 31, 2013

How about reports? Does having it loaded affect site performance? Just wondering…

    Shane says January 31, 2013

    Any tracking script affects site speed to some degree, but Clicky is definitely no worse than any others. The difference between using it or not will not be noticeable, on your site.
    It’s really only problematic when you’re loading too many, e.g. multiple analytics, heatmap, testing etc. scripts all at once.

Michael Wiechert says January 31, 2013

Hi Shane,
Thanks again for this great resource series.
As you mentioned in another video it would be great if you could get us special deals leveraging your community of followers and buyers :)

    Shane says January 31, 2013

    I will be reaching out to people to try and make that happen. The more traffic the current episodes of the show get, the more likely I can get some deals lined up. :)

Phil says January 31, 2013

I, too, have found Google Analytics to be less user-friendly than I would like. In your experience, Shane, would Clicky be a viable solution for a major online retailer with about 600 products and a pronounced seasonal buying pattern? Please keep these app reviews coming. They more than meet your very high standards.

    Shane says January 31, 2013

    Thanks, Phil!

    I think this would be a good solution for an ecommerce store, yes. You can set up wild cards for goal tracking, which would make things a lot easier with tons of products. If you have many different goal pages you want to track, you can bunch them together, as long as the have common URL parameters.

    Word of warning, though: the conversion tracking is not 100% accurate. It’s essentially tracking via the script on the goal page being triggered. I’ve never seen this kind of tracking be 100% accurate, so it’s not a Clicky specific issue. The only way to get accuracy is via API from the payment processor. The reason I say that is because if you want to track actual revenue in Clicky (which is possible), the numbers are going to be off. For figuring out where you valuable traffic comes from, the inaccuracy doesn’t matter, but revenue numbers won’t be spot on.

Steffen says January 31, 2013

hy shane
thanks for the great App, too bad that there is not the plugin for contao.
But come on my WP blog to use :-)

    Shane says January 31, 2013

    Hi Steffen,

    It’s easy enough to use on any CMS, actually. I just showed the WP plugin because that makes things even easier. That, and I’m a WordPress junkie. :)

Erick says January 31, 2013

Nice apps! I was postponing reading a google analytics book because of all of the java necessary just to track goals with traffic. Long story short this is a great app thanks for the recommendation. Ill have to check it out. Also thanks for the tips at the end too.

    Shane says January 31, 2013

    You’re very welcome! Glad you liked the video and I hope to keep it up with future episodes. :)

Alex says January 31, 2013

Very interesting Shane. I remember reading your original survey and comparisons post on the link above. That got me installing Statcounter as default on my sites.

I think Clicky is the next step and I’ll use it on my new sites.

Thanks a lot



    Shane says January 31, 2013

    I never really warmed up to StatCounter. I think you’ll find Clicky to be miles ahead. :)

Mark Neer says January 31, 2013

Hi Shane,
I appreciate your advise, products and content. You are a natural and keep up the good work.

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