I use sitemeters on my blogs and consult the “exit pages”. By clicking on the number of any “exit page” entry I can obtain information as to where the reader is situated. Perhaps you will find this sufficient.
No, I want to know what they clicked on to leave (not where they were). Specifically, I post a whole bunch of links in one post on Fridays, and I want to know which were clicked on (and how many times). No sense in me posting stuff that none of my readers are interested in.
It appears that info isn’t in the WP.com stats nor in the HTML version of sitemeter, so I guess I’m asking if someone knows of another meter which would do that, or alternatively, a way to embed a counter in a link (I often see links out of websites that have their site name in the link and I’ve always assumed that was for counting purposes).
The alternative for those blogger that I know who have found this function and referrers to be important was to pick up a free copy of a wordpress blog from http://wordpress.org and self host or hire a webhost.
This is a reference link to information on stats and counters that you may not have located yet http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/02/09/questions-about-stats/
I really don’t want to go that far (getting my own host). I just want to know if people are clicking on my suggested reading. I wonder if tinyurl or some other link forwarding website keeps track of how many times they forwarded the link? That would work (although it would be a pain to set up the links everytime I wanted to add links to a post).
Never used tinyurl myself but I don’t recall it tracking stuff like that. At least I’ve never heard anyone mentioning such a thing.
Plus staff already uses it here to track the top100 blogs and Google won’t allows two of the scripts occuring at the same time. (Although Urchin the creator of the software doesn’t have that limit.)
Don’t you just love it when someone answers their own question. It only took 4 google searches before I found http://notlong.com/links/ which does link forwarding with stats. It will be a bit cumbersome because you have to write down the password for each link and check them individually, but I only post 5-10 links a week, so I think it’s manageable.
Now if we could get the WP.com guys/gals to add out-clicks to the stats page, that would be even better.
Probably won’t happen. There’s legal reasons involved which is one of the reasons why no personal information is taken when you created a blog here.
It’s OK to know where people clicked in from (referrers), but not OK to see where they clicked out to?
I’m just curious about the “legal reasons.” Or is there no way for them to separate click outs from “next site visited”? I certainly don’t want to know if my readers are going to look at porn after reading my site. I just want to know if they are clicking on my recommended reading.
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