Tech Tuesday: Hit Counters

I'm not talking about hitmen here, but hit counters, which are tracking devices for your blog. Many of you already use these, but for Tech Tuesday, I want to encourage some of you newbies to add a hit counter to your blog. I use 2--Sitemeter and Blogpatrol, although there are other ones out there, including Google Analytics, which I'm figuring out at the moment.

These sites track the number of visits to your blog, where in the world that the visitors come from, and how they came to your blog (like which link or website brought them over). There are so many other cool features like the search terms that they used in Google or Yahoo to find your blog. These have proved hilarious at times for Mr. Geek and I, reading the kinds of weird word combos that send people to Katydid and Kid ("mom porn" being the top search term, oddly enough).

Here's what my main page looks like on Sitemeter.
It keeps track of the average visits per day, how many page hits in the last hour, etc. If you'd eventually like to do product reviews or host contests on your blog, these numbers are essential for pitching to companies. Most review sponsors want to know how many people are looking at your website so they can determine whether or not they should take a chance on your blog.

If you visit Sitemeter, for example, it's very easy to set up a FREE account. Just follow their instructions, and they will generate a code for you that you just add as an HTML widget on your blog. You can have the Sitemeter button, or a counter which shows how many people have visited your blog displayed on your blog, or if you don't want people to know that you're tracking them, you can have it set to stealth mode, where nothing is displayed on your blog. Either way, this is a great tool to have and once you get started, it can be addicting to check out who's checking out your blog.


Lolli said...

I second you on the addicting thing. I love to check a few times a day (but don't tell anybody!)

Jingle said...

Is there any way to tell if it is in the best position to track accurately? I am just curious because I often question how accurate it is. I also have Feedjit on the side of my blog and the two don't always match. I think I trust Sitemeter more than Feedjit, but I was just curious if placement mattered. Thanks for doing these posts!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Very cool! I like Site Meter, I find it really easy to use. I also have Stat Counter on my blog too.

mannequin said...

Oh... statistics. Funny, I seem to be immune to the stat game. I was interested at first but as soon as it started to become holy grail important, I gave it up.

I respect stalkers rights to be stalkers. :) Nice tutorial though!

Stephanie Manner Wagner said...

I'm a bit of a sitemeter addict myself. Always enjoy your tech Tuesdays.

I stopped by to tell you that I nominated you for a little blog award on my site.



Joy said...

oh thank you! This is exactly what I've been trying to figure out lately! Perfect timing!

blueviolet said...

I use sitemeter and statcounter and just put Google Analytics in 2 weeks ago. That one is really fun!

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