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More insights into website traffic - geography, time on site etc?

  1. Hello All,

    I'm a newbie here - joined over the weekend! Loving the place so far.

    Just an idea (probably, already brought up by somebody in the past):

    I was wondering if WP can look at giving us more insights into website traffic? For example, the geography of the visitors, the time spent on the site etc?

    I'm technically challenged and don't want to mess around with the CSS. So this would be such a brilliant feature add!

    Thanks,
    AN
    http://www.thephotoimaginarium.com

    The blog I need help with is thephotoimaginarium.com.

  2. This is what wordpress.com provides > http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/
    In addition we can use third party Non Javascript stats programs like statcounter, sitemeter, flag counter and these > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2009/10/24/real-time-visitor-tracking-non-javascript-for-blogs/

    Over time your will publish more posts and there is more data available then you can get the information you seek from http://www.quantcast.com/thephotoimaginarium.com and from http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/thephotoimaginarium.com#

  3. BTW Please note that we cannot use Google Analytics on wordpress.com blogs and no change in this regard is being considered at this time that we Volunteers are aware of. .

  4. Is there any way to see the ip address of persons visiting my blog??

  5. Some like SiteMeter will show an IP address, others will reverse the info and show a dot on a map (Cluster Maps) or Flag Counter will show a Flag for each country that visits. Keep in mind that some ISP's change the IP address of users constantly so IP address are becoming less informative.

  6. i found a plugin that looks like it will do what i want. but, i don't see a "plugin" option on my dashboard. how do get the "plugin" option to appear?

  7. @n6949u - you don't, we don't do Plug-in's here for security reasons.

  8. @n6949u
    The visitor trackimg options I posted above do include the IP. However, I wonder what value knowing the IP has for you given these facts.
    (1) ISP providers are placing hundreds of us in the same IP block to save money;
    (2) All ISP providers use routers and many individuals use routers;
    (3) Many of us have dynamic IPs.
    So in the final analysis what value does knowing the presumed IP have? In what way do you intend to use that data?

  9. Thanks trying SiteMeter now.

  10. You're welcome. :)

  11. Thanks to everyone for their tips here, much appreciated :)

    Added SiteMeter to my photography website along with the WP stats - looking good so far!

  12. aksnair, is SiteMeter working with your Word Press blog? It doesn't work with mine.

  13. @n6949u
    Sitemeter works very well and I have it on my blogs and have had it for years. Please see what I put in bold lettering and choose only to use the instructions provided on that site for wordpress.com blogs. You are attempting to use the Javascript code and it cannot be used on wordpress.com blogs as the software is stripping the code out. Go back to sitemeter and follow the instructions for wordpress.com blogs.

  14. @aksnair
    You're welcome. :)

  15. @n6949u
    Yes! Sitemeter works with my site template. Take a look at the bottom of my site: http://www.thephotoimaginarium.com

    I copy pasted the HTML code as a Widget. Let me know if this doesn't work for you.

    Timethief is a legend :)

  16. @timethief

    You asked the value of knowing the IP was. For me, it is probably just curiosity killed the cat type thing, but I am able to tell when my friends are reading my blog. I use Statcounter on mine and I can create labels for different IP addresses so I know when certain people are actually reading. I know they do change but it still helps keep a little bit of an eye on who is reading.

  17. I find that invasive but that's just me as I'm not inclined to track my individual readers. All I'm interested in is found here http://queancast.com and I also use http://alexa.com

  18. NARG! I b0rked that link. http://quantcast.com

  19. @timethief
    Thank you so much. I did as you suggested and the SiteMeter is now working fine on my blog. This is one of the few times that I have ever gotten something useful from one of the forums.

  20. @litbh115
    Happy to help. :)

  21. I knew of Alexa but not of Quantcast--thanks, timethief. It's useful.

  22. Can anyone help me here, I am trying to design a website using wordpress press but I can't get it to work this is my site http://wwww.greatenergymedia.com/ It's an online media company for events , if any has a cool theme it would be Great.

  23. @thedarkbishop
    We cannot help you with that site here ate wordpress.COM. Go to the correct support forum for your software please. It's here > http://wordpress.ORG/support/
    I you need clarity read the sticky post at head of forum > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/please-read-me-first-before-posting?replies=1

  24. Thank you so much , I managed to work it out.Something to do with the 1 click plugin

  25. @clubcorona
    You must be posting to the wrong support forum. This is why. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM blogs and we cannot install individual plugins into them. Plugins are for wordpress.ORG installs which run on different software.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/
    Please read this carefully and post to http://wordpress.org/support when you need help with your install as we cannot help you at WordPress.com http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

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