I use a program called StatCounter to track the visitor counts on all of my blog projects. Why? Because it's interesting to see how many people are looking at the info, and I didn't know about Google Analytics when I started blogging.
I like Statcounter for a variety of reasons. Here they are:
1. It's free. They have professional products that they charge for, and I am sure those products are worth the money, but I'm not a professional. So, I use the free tools.
2. It's simple to use. Which is one of the reasons I'm on blogger. Are there things I can't do with Statcounter and with blogger? Probably. But I don't know what they are.
3. It's the first thing I used, and don't want to change. Another reason I'm on blogger.
4. Statcounter can be used with any blog/website that allows you to put in html code. Which is most any of them. So, if I ever add a non-blogger project, I can still track it on the same main page.
5. This one is the most relevant to this blog post: They track not just stats, but source urls. In other words, I can see where in the world my blogs are being read from. Which is mostly useless information, but is a lot of fun.
So what do I know about my readers? Here's some of the more memorable hits:
On this blog, I copied and pasted a story about Muslims persecuting Christians in Egypt. It's a very familiar story, I'm afraid, of how the Muslim world treats Christians. Flame away, but it's true. Well, that post was specifically read by a computer that tracked to Iran, Islamic Republic Of. Which I thought was interesting. Hopefully while they were here, they read some of the advent posts and learned of the God who loves unconditionally, who does not seek martyrs but faithful followers who will live for Him and share His love. I just thought it was interesting...
I made a post about politics right before the election, which was read by a computer that tracked US House of Representatives, and another politics post tracked to the Sergeant-at-Arms of the US Senate. Hopefully those readers were challenged to pull their dusty copies of the Constitution out, read it, and make some changes. We'll see.
I get a lot of hits from University of Arkansas at Monticello, AT&T, and State of Arkansas servers. Probably because that's most of where my Monticello church-folks get on the 'net.
Our church's prayer list has been read in over 30 countries at various times. When Lacey was in her accident, and we spread that word around town to pray for her, we also put it online. She was prayed for, assuming everybody that read it prayed, in 10 countries and 12 states.
The Ask a Pastor website answered questions from Israel and Kentucky, as well as Arkansas.
Doug for President gets read by very few people, but has been read in England, and was just hit this past weekend from Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown!
Please note that I can't track to individual computers, but the info just goes to the server used. So I don't know whose house is logged on, but can see, for example 'Philadelphia.'
Just thought you'd find that interesting.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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That is one of the fun things about Statcounter......you can do a little mining and find out who is reading and where they are from.ReplyDelete