The live visitors' feature allows website owners to see how many visitors are on the website in real-time, and in some cases details about those visitors, such as location, devices, and OS used.
About Live Visitors
A website visitor is a person who views one or more pages of a website. The number of website visitors can dictate the overall success of a website.
The number of website visitors can be increased through search engine optimization, online advertising, social media posting, guest blogging, and several other methods.
A live website visitor is a person who views a website in real-time.
The Visitor Analytics Live Visitors feature displays the number of visitors that are currently on the website or have been on the website in the previous 5 minutes. Visitor Analytics users can also check the country from which the live visitors are coming from, the number of pages visited by each, the type of visitor (new, returning, conversion), the device, operating system and browser used by the visitor to view the website. Furthermore, the history of each live visitor on the website can be accessed.
In the Visitor Analytics Overview the following information about visitors is displayed:
- Uniques Visitors
- Map of live visitors
- The 6 latest visitors
- Map of visitors by country
All this information can be viewed with more details in the Visitor Analytics dashboard.
How are Live Visitors Counted by web analytics tools?
The process of counting website visitors is the following:
When a person visits a website, their computer (or other device connected to the internet) exchanges information with the website's server. From this information analytics tools can determine exactly how many visitors are on the website and display details about them.
How does Visitor Analytics treat Live Visitors?
Visitor Analytics displays the visitors that were on the website in the last 5 minutes, as a marker on a global map.
When hovering over a visitor’s marker the following information is displayed:
- Device icon
- Country flag
- Browser icon
- Type of visitor
- Description of the visitor's session