Free competitor statistics!

Sometimes, while going through results for certain keywords, you will find that some of your competitors use free statistics programs. In a lot of cases, you can access those statistics, which usually contain very valuable data like keywords and referrers. Sometimes people will hide the usually obliged buttons for these scripts, but you can find them in the source code.

While working on the Mint Greasemonkey script, i thought it would be cool to add way more statistics programs into this script, and make them report all at once, and make the announcement point to those free statistics when they’re there. I’ve been working on this, and am very proud to give you version 1.0 of the Statistics Detector GreaseMonkey script.

If you have new statistics packets which you want to add to this script, let me know, and I’ll add them.

[tags]SEO, GreaseMonkey, Firefox, webstats, statistics[/tags]

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26 Responses

  1. MarkusBy Markus on 11 October, 2006

    Do you have a list of the statistics programs that this checks for?

  2. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 11 October, 2006

    not yet, but i could compile one.

  3. Natasha RobinsonBy Natasha Robinson on 11 October, 2006


    Aww man, one of my secrets are now out! I just saw this on SEOmoz, really cool. It has always suprised me how many people do not secure their stats, especially if they use webalizer. Actually I would do this manually by checking for common stats url structures. Now I have a tool to do it.

  4. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 11 October, 2006

    Hehe Natasha, glad you like it, i’ll be improving on it in the coming days :)

  5. JoeBy Joe on 13 October, 2006

    Sorry to be such a newb, but I installed greasmonkey so I could try this, then install your scrip, but then what do I do to see the competitor’s stats?

  6. joeBy joe on 14 October, 2006

    just visit any website that you know has tracking (like this one) and you will see a small message popup in the upper left hand corner of the page area like “Google Analytics Enabled” or “Mint Enabled”. Try it here:

    Now for my newb question – so what just because I know it’s enabled, how to get see the keyword information?

  7. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 14 October, 2006

    Hey Joe, i’m planning on adding a way for mint to, so you can click on the small popup text, and it will move you to the mint directory. If that is in demo mode, you would then see the statistics for that site, probably including keyword info. This is already how it works for the free statistics programs it recognizes.

  8. JoeBy Joe on 16 October, 2006

    Very cool – I look forward to that. So do you have any tips on manually navigating to this keyword information? For instance, how would I get to the Google Analytics keyword information on a site once I know it’s running it?

  9. BOKBy BOK on 18 October, 2006

    Ha, nice script! Sort of “Distant Early Warning” ;-)

  10. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 19 October, 2006

    Joe: fixed it. If you install the new version, you will be able to click on the Mint warning.

  11. pascalBy pascal on 24 October, 2006

    That would be nice if you detect the “phpmyvisites” free software GPL
    it’s a nice piece of software and really powerful

  12. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 24 October, 2006

    Ey Pascal, I updated it to do that :) thx for the tip!

  13. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 October, 2006

    I’ve updated the script again, it now captures Omniture and Sitestat as well.

  14. JoeBy Joe on 31 October, 2006

    Thanks for the update Joost. Another good one that I see often is AWStats. Its pretty good and I suspect that its easy to detect as well.

  15. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 31 October, 2006

    No it’s not… It’s based on log files, and doesn’t use javascript, so that makes it kinda hard…

  16. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 November, 2006

    Correction, it can be found :) I added it, and reworked the entire script a bit to make it easier to add new engines. It’s also gotten it’s own page: Greasemonkey statistics detector.

  17. RobertBy Robert on 19 December, 2006

    Seen this tool before?

    NL: Heb je deze tool ook al eens gezien? Ook leuk!

  18. RobertBy Robert on 19 December, 2006
  19. ZoheBy Zohe on 23 January, 2007

    Please add Coremetrics

  20. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 January, 2007

    Zohe: Check, working on that! (and you’ve been subscribed ;) )

  21. ZoheBy Zohe on 23 January, 2007

    Thanks for quick response, is there any way to view the data for the non-free stats providers like
    Omniture, Coremetrics etc?

    And free Google Analytics?
    How do you view the stats for other providers?
    or can you not view stats at all?

  22. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 January, 2007

    You can only see stats for providers that give these openly, there’s no hacking or whatsoever involved. It’s very useful sometimes to know what package people are using though :)

  23. ZoheBy Zohe on 23 January, 2007

    yes it is very useful! :-)

  24. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 January, 2007

    Thx :)

  25. Khem RajBy Khem Raj on 10 July, 2008

    Hey! I tried installing this script but it doesnt work…..