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SiteMeter: Real Time Website Visitor Tracking
When I started blogging in 2008, I never felt the importance of site statistics, except for the fact that it helps in ego boost by seeing some visitors on my blog.
Later I integrated 3 analytical systems: Google Analytics, the WordPress.com Stats plugin and the last one SiteMeter.
It’s been 4 years and now I’ve left the SiteMeter and I’m just using Google Analytics and the WordPress.com Stats plugin to check my blog stats.
There are many similar web applications like Wupra, which you can consider but do not provide anything like GA, which are free from utility and SEO perspective and very useful.
But, if you do not like GA very much, then the site meter is a good option for getting statistics about your visitors.
What is SiteMeter:
Sitemeter is an analytical program for bloggers and webmasters to keep track of visitors coming to your site. SiteMeter offers two versions:
Free and Premium. When I started using them, I was using the free version, which works almost all the purposes except for some limitations.
SiteMeter is a free site statistics and monitoring tool like Google Analytics.
You can view referral information to your visitors and how many people are online at your blog at the same time.
Along with this there are so many statistics that you can see with the help of SiteMeter.
What do I like about their service, they allow you to see some of the most relevant information such as the referenced URL, live visitor, visitor last hour, day and week.
Technically, all these data helps me increase the ego, but with SEO perspective, they are not complete and useful.
But for a personal blog such as a blogger blog, site meter service is useful because it is also free.
However, one good thing about them is that, if you want to show the number of your visitors, you can quickly embed your widget and select the style to show your trips.
There are many other features of sitemeter like monthly travel, weekly travel.
Good part is free and the unhappy part is for every website that you have to create separate accounts.
Registration for SiteMeter
Sitemaker hack to get invisible logo and counter:
As I mentioned above, there are some limitations in the free SiteMeter account and one of them is putting an invisible counter.
However, using it is a small move, you can get invisible counter. Follow the tutorial:
Log in to your SiteMeter account and select the meter style under the Account Manager.
Select the second last option under the meter style which only shows the number
Select and select the digit color and background color as transparent, on the next page.
That’s what this new code collects and uses it on your website.
However, if you have a good traffic website, it’s always a good idea to show your traffic statistics to attract more direct advertisers.
Have you used the SiteMeter service in the past or are you using it now?