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Website analytics for proudly bootstrapped companies

We understand independent, bootstrapped companies because we belong to that group as well. Fathom has never taken any outside capital or funding. Instead, we’ve built a profitable and sustainable company slowly, calmly and organically.

That’s why we know the importance of website analytics for bootstrapped companies because our own product has helped us grow from zero to profitable (including salaries for both cofounders) in less than two years.

Fathom is an excellent solution for bootstrapped, small but mighty companies because it helps gives businesses a picture of what’s working, what’s popular, and who are biggest advocates are, all from a single-page dashboard that’s easy to read and focused on privacy. Here’s why Fathom is the no-compromises website analytics solution for bootstrapped companies.

Google Analytics is complicated and takes too much time

While Google Analytics is installed on a whopping 85% of websites, it’s overkill in so many ways.

Google Analytics is complex and includes hundreds of pages of reports and even more individual metrics. As bootstrapped or small businesses, we rarely need that much level of detail to run our business. Most normal businesses don’t want to spend time learning how to use analytics, taking courses on Google Analytics (or even getting certifications for their software).

That’s why Fathom was built with simplicity in mind. We don’t want you to get caught up in reports or learning our software because you have your own company to run. With Fathom, we want you to use our software less. That’s why we provide a single page of analytics and even deliver analytics to you in your inbox (weekly or monthly).

Most people take a few minutes to learn how Fathom works and then a few more minutes each week to check in on what matters to them on their analytics dashboards.

Here’s a complete walk-through of how Fathom works, and it’s only about 10 minutes long.

Google Analytics requires legal work, cookie notices, and user consent Did you know that due to how data is collected and what information is collected by Google Analytics about your website visitors, that it requires you to write (or have your lawyer write) a privacy policy to detail usage? Well, it’s true.

Because Google Analytics places multiple cookies and identifiers on your site to track visitors, you need to ensure your website is not doing anything illegal - which requires work on your part.

First, you need to have a privacy policy in place to document how data is collected and processed. And then, because personal data is collected and processed, you need to have a cookie notice on your site and ask for consent from each user before they can view your site. Writing legal documentation is a lot of work for bootstrappers and can cost a lot of money to hire lawyers.

That’s why we created a privacy-first way to handle website analytics anonymously. We did this because we feel it’s the right thing to do to protect the digital privacy of everyone who uses the internet, but we also did it to make your life as a business owner easier:

We created Fathom to be compliant with privacy laws out of the box. That means no work from you to get up and running instantly. Fathom is perfect for bootstrappers who want to keep their site optimized for their visitors while not breaking any laws in the process.

Google Analytics is bulky and can slow down your website

In order for Google Analytics to provide hundreds of reports and data points, it requires a pretty large script to load for your visitors. This can lead to your website loading much slower than it needs to (which punishes your hard-earned SEO).

On the other hand, Fathom is a fraction of the size and has more than doubled the site speed load time for many of our customers. But, you may be wondering, won’t using Google Analytics help with SEO, since Google’s search engine is the most popular search engine and surely they prioritize websites that use their analytics tracking product too?

The answer is most definitely no (straight from Google mouth). There is no punishment or penalization for not using Google Analytics. And since Fathom loads much faster, it’s actually better for SEO to use Fathom and not Google Analytics. Plus, you’ve also got to consider the scripts and code needed to load a cookie consent notice on websites with Google Analytics, also adding to page load (not required with Fathom).

Give Fathom a try

We believe Fathom is the best solution for website analytics on bootstrapped company websites for all the above reasons and much more. We’re bootstrappers and independent, too, so we understand what it takes to run a profitable and sustainable company without outside investments.

That said, we don’t discriminate against VC-backed customers either. Many of our customers chose the external investment route with their business, and we’re happy for them (but that’s for another article, ha).

So, if you’re a proudly independent and bootstrapped company, register today for your free trial of Fathom Analytics. You’ll be able to explore and figure out how well our software can suit your needs and get you the information required to run your company quickly.