Free Website Analytics without Google
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Free Website Analytics without Google

Learn about your website visitors using a free website analytics package offering reports, heatmaps, scrollmaps & more.
4.5 (21 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
497 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 5/2020
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  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Set up tracking code on a website, so they can understand how visitors arrive at the site, and what they do while on the site.
  • Customize the Analytics Dashboard so they can see quickly at a glance the information that is most important to them.
  • Use a variety of standard reports to view website traffic, where it comes from and what it does when on site.
  • Use Link Maps to see which links on the page are attracting clicks, and which are not.
  • Use Click Maps to view heat maps showing exactly where visitors on clicking on their web pages.
  • Use Scroll Maps to understand which parts of a webpage are keeping visitors interested, and which parts are being skipped over.
  • Analyze visitor behaviour filling out forms, using the built-in Form Analysis tools.
  • Use WebVisor to watch exactly what visitors get up to on their site, including mouse moves, clicks, keypresses and more.
  • Understand the settings inside the Yandex Metrica interface.
  • Set up goals, and track conversions.
  • Students don't need any prior knowledge, as all training will be given.
  • Students taking this course should have a website of their own, or want to build one.

A lot of website owners are suspicious of Google's motives for offering Google Analytics and look for an alternative. A very popular alternative is Yandex Metrica. This course will show you how to set up Yandex Metrica tracking on your own website, and use the Dashboard to investigate, track and even spy on your website visitors.

Watch over the shoulder as a visitor arrives

What would you give to be able to watch over the shoulder as someone arrives on your site? Yandex Metrica actually gives you that ability with it's Webvisor technology. You can see a replay of every visit showing exactly what the visitor did, where they clicked, where they spent the most time, and what they skipped over. What would you do with that information? Modify your pages perhaps to put important calls to action in the areas of the pages that visitors seem to spend the most time looking at?

What's in this course?

This course starts at the very beginning and shows you how to get started with Yandex Metrica. We'll go step-by-step through the installation process to get the analytics code on your web pages. We'll also look at the Metrica Dashboard and how you can customize what is displayed using widgets.

You'll discover how to use the standard reports to see details of:

  • Traffic, pageviews, bounce rate and more.
  • Sources of traffic - where do your visitors come from, which keyword did they search for to find your site, and which social networks are sending you traffic.
  • User demographics - find out where your visitors live and their long-term interests. Find out age and gender, and how frequently they return to your website.
  • Content - which page do they enter your site through, and which one do they leave your site through. See which external links on your pages are clicked, and which social shares a page gets.
  • Technology - see what browsers your visitors are using and their screen resolution. Find out the most popular operating system and whether your visitors are on mobile devices or desktops. Do your visitors have flash installed, or Javascript. Do they have cookies disabled? All this and more.
  • Website monitoring - check the load on your server, traffic by the minute and page load times. Metrica can even send you an email or SMS if your site goes down.

You'll also learn about:

  • Link maps - which show you which links on a page are clicked (including exact figures), and which are not.
  • Click maps - showing a heatmap of visitor mouse clicks. Know exactly where your visitors are clicking on your pages.
  • Scroll maps - a special heat map that shows which areas of a web page get the most attention. Great for knowing where to insert your most important call to action.
  • Form analysis - using the built in tools, you'll be able to troubleshoot your forms, knowing which parts of a form are causing your visitors a problem.


You'll learn about segmentation. You see, your visitors are made up of "segments" of the population, based on age, gender, location, interests, how they've interacted with your site, and lots more. You have the power to only view specific segments of your traffic. If you only want to see the details of visits by females aged between 18-24, you can do it. Or maybe you want to look at the webvisor recording of visits that lasted less than 20 seconds? Reckon you could use those videos to troubleshoot pages with high bounce rates? I do.

What will you get out of this course?

By the end of this course, you'll finally have your finger on the pulse of your website traffic. You'll know how people are finding your site and what they do while they are there. You'll finally be in control of your website, and be in a position to maximize profits by better understanding the needs and behaviour of your visitors.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone that owns a website. This course will show you how to analyze your site traffic, see how that traffic arrives at your site and what it does when it gets there.
  • This course is for anyone that wants to learn more about web visitor tracking.
  • If you do not have a website, then this course is not for you.
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 03:08:51
+ Course Introduction
2 lectures 13:25

Before you start this course, let's have a look at a few specific things related to Udemy itself.

Preview 08:45

Yandex.Metrica is a fully-featured, free alternative to Google Analytics. This tutorial explains a little about Yandex.Metrica and why you might want to use it for website analytics.

Preview 04:40
+ Installing Metrica on your site
3 lectures 11:24

In this tutorial, I'll take you through the easy sign-up process, as well as recommend a little bit of research you can do.

Signing up for Metrica Account

To start tracking your website visitors, you need to add your website(s) to your Yandex.Metrica account.

Add a website to your account

Now that you have created a counter, you need to insert it into your web site. This tutorial shows you how to do that.

Inserting code into your site
+ Logging In to Metrica
1 lecture 11:12

Logging into Metrica will take you to the Dashboard. Let's have a look around the dashboard and also see how easy it is to switch between websites you are monitoring.

Yandex.Metrica Dashboard & Widgets
+ Reports
8 lectures 01:19:05

The traffic report lets us discover a lot of the fine details about our visitors.

Traffic Report

Knowing where and how your visitors are coming to your site are very important. This tutorial looks at the reports dealing with visitor "sources".


The users reports give us more details about the user demographic - geography, age & gender as well as their activity and "loyalty" to our website.


These reports look at the content on your site, and give you a lot of information about popular and unpopular pages.

Content Reports

The technology reports will show you data like which web browsers your visitors are using, the screen resolution of their device, OS and what type of device.


These reports will help you find problems on your site, like the page load time and other server specific data.


Ecommerce is beyond the scope of this course. However, be aware that Yandex has a full feature set and can offer you eCommerce tracking.


For each report, you can edit which metrics are displayed in the tables of data.

Add / Edit Metrics to Reports
+ Segmentation
1 lecture 11:18

When viewing reports, you can split up the data and only look at specific "segments". e.g. If you are only interested in seeing the behaviour of your female visitors, you can get just that data using segments.

Introduction to Segmentation
+ Maps
4 lectures 25:28

Link Maps will overlay clickthrough statistics on the links on your web pages. You can see exactly which links were clicked (and how many time), and which were not.

Link Map

The click map displays data for the clicks on your web pages. The clicks on ALL elements of the page are recorded, not just links.

Click Map

The scroll map lets you analyze how visitors use various parts of a web page. Are there any areas they tend to pay more attention to? What about sections that are skipped over? The scroll map can help you identify these areas.

Scroll Map
Form Analysis
+ Metrica Settings Tab
1 lecture 14:44

Each counter you create in Yandex Metrica has it's own settings. This tutorial looks at thsee settings.

Yandex Metrica Settings
+ Conversion Tracking
3 lectures 12:29

Goals represent outcomes that you want your visitors to trigger. For example, you might want them to click on a specific link, so tracking the conversion rate of the link would be a good goal. This tutorial shows you the basics for setting up goals.

Setting Goals

The conversion report show you the conversions for your various goals.

Conversion Reports

A final lecture with some useful resources.

Bonus: Resources