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Woopra, the impressive live tracking and analytics service has officially come out of beta. The good news is, Woopra is now open for all new signups. Until today, new users had to be approved if they didn’t have an invite code. And the bad news is, you would need to pay an obnoxiously huge price for this service.

To be honest, I admire Woopra. Its truly real-time and has much more features than Google Analytics. I always felt Woopra deserves to get paid for the service they offer (though kinky at times). Ability to monitor the traffic real time on your desktop, with all the jazzy graphs and ability to chat with the visitors makes it really cool.


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Having said that, it seems to me that Woopra have over-estimated the value of their service. It is true that webmasters and bloggers love to view the real time traffic stats, but then when it comes to paying for the service, everyone tries to look for an alternative. Now let’s look at the alternatives for Woopra -

Google Analytics – FREE
MINT Analytics – $30 (one time fee)
Clicky – $10 / month (or $60 / year)
StatCounter – $9 / month
Piwik – Free
Whos amung us – $5 / month

Woopra – $30 / month ($300 / year)

Note: The plans suitable for a website with 5 million Page views per month have been considered.

The above data shows why I am terming the Woopra packages as crazy. The prices are not remotely closer to any of the competitors. They do have a basic plan which is free but will track just 30k page visits per month!

For my requirements, I would need to pay Woopra much more than what I pay my web host! I foresee Woopra revisiting their pricing in near future, else they might have to be happy with just a few stat crazy and rich webmasters.

I would love to hear from you guys? Are you ‘ok’ with the pricing and packages offered by Woopra? Would you still go for it?

 
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  • http://www.themepremium.com Harsh Agrawal

    No way I will never pay for this … I have site meter and Analytic to monitor my traffic . Though Woopra provide some great features but I really don’t find it worth paying that Enormous amount they are asking for,.,,

  • Lorelle

    Thanks! We held open discussions on our plan in http://www.woopra.com/blog/2009/09/20/our-biggest-developments-since-the-initial-woopra-launch/ and got a ton of response and feedback. Were you part of that discussion? We did a lot of analysis and comparisons to other analytics, comparing apples to apples, not apples to oranges. We’re still taking feedback, so your insights are helpful.

    The majority of our beta testers will be within the free account or $4.95 a month range, possibly the $14.95, not the $30.00 plan. The cheaper plans are closer to the ones you’ve mentioned, but they don’t offer real time data like Woopra.

    I’d love to see your research dive deeply into a feature by feature, cost by cost comparison. That would be a first and really helpful to your readers. I haven’t seen a serious analysis and comparison publicly published. Go for it. :D

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      It’s a privilege for me to have you on my blog Lorelle. Welcome.
      I missed out on the discussion. Surprising to see majority of Woopra users falling under $4.95 plan. What does this imply? Bigger publishers don’t use it? Quite possible you see. Not everyone would really like to have all the features that come with Woopra. Most of the features are luxury and not a necessity. This is why I believe other analytics like Clicky & Mint which does offer real time stats are better priced.

  • Steve Yu

    Lol… I have web hosting and domain name costs to cover. Woopra? No thanks. :-) I stick to Analytics.

  • Jack

    Enormous amount? Your cheapness is laughable. $4.95 is unheard of. Google is only free because they make a fortune off adwords. That being said I think Woopra is nothing more than a toy with a fancy but poor UI.

  • http://techpp.com Raju

    What $4.95 you are talking about? If you had even read the article properly, you would have realized that it is not just about Google vs Woopra, I myself use Clicky which is much more efficient and VFM than Woopra. There are other options too.