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Two years back I was at Adobe live in a lecture about the changing internet. During what was an excellent talk I was introduced to the idea of heatmaps. They are a way of showing traffic trends via mouse movement and clicks. For me they are clearly a great tool for showing hotspots.

Recently I was reading a blog on a similar subject and it reminded me of heatmaps. I have been doing some searching and found an interesting article here which talks about how times are changing with regards to how people use google, they use a heatmap very interesting have a read.

How to use them

So I thought how do I use a heatmap, they are so handy I want to use one for my blogs. Searching around I have found some solutions:-

these guys work on the first 5000 clicks being free and then you pay £2.50 – £1000 depending on the quality of clicks required.

Crazyegg offer more than just heatmaps they do full stats. They charge from $9 to $99 depending on the quality of clicks needed.

I found this add-on which is now out of date but maybe it will get updated.

Feng-GUI creates a heatmap of your website of an image and delineates which areas get the maximum attention. You can either enter your web page address or upload an image and make a heatmap in a few seconds.

this site has a DIY solution to heatmaps.

Another solution for the coders out there.

Bellow are some examples of heat maps I found on the web.

I will look to test some of the service above and repost when I can give you more info on the subject.




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