In my experience, it doesn’t take long for your website to be live before you begin wondering if people are stopping by to check it out. If you opened a business, you could see when people walked in the door, but not so with a website.
Enter the visit counter. Statistics have come a long way from the visit counters I remember from pre-CSS days of the Internet, and you can use the abundance of analytics to discover many characteristics of your visitors, such as where they are from, what screen resolution they are using, and which pages they are visiting most on your website.
Below are 17 of my favorite posts on tracking visitors to your website or blog. Enjoy! If you know of another great post on statistics, metrics, or SEO, leave it in the comments.
- Improve Your Blog’s Metrics in One Easy Step: Use teasers to increase click-throughs
- SEO: Metrics That Matter: A great list of important metrics definitions to help you make sense of your analytics
- A Few Notes on Adsense Stats: Adsense definitions for the Adsense newbie
- What Factors Influence Search Engine Traffic?: How the amount of content on your site or blog relates to organic traffic
- Google PageRank and Alexa Traffic Ranking Explained: Confused about the difference between Google PageRank and Alexa? Read this short and sweet post.
- Blogger’s Guide to Feedburner, Part I: Getting Started: Instructions for setting up your site’s Feedburner RSS feed
- Blogger’s Guide to Feedburner, Part II: Troubleshootizing & Analyzing: How to troubleshoot Feedburner problems and reading Feed Stats (Bonus: How to import your feed to Facebook Notes)
- Blogger’s Guide to Feedburner, Part III: Optimizing: A guide to the Optimizing tab in Feedburner for understanding such items as Feed Flare, SmartFeed, and more
- Blogger’s Guide to Feedburner, Part IV: Publicizing: A guide to the Publicizing tab in Feedburner for understanding Email Subscriptions, Ping Shot, and more
- Blogger’s Guide to Feedburner, Part V: Networkizing & Monetizing: Explaining the use of the the My Networks page, the Monetize tab and the Feedburner Ad Network (FAN)
- Google Analytics Step One: Begin Tracking: A beginner’s guide to setting up Google Analytics on your website or blog
- Google Analytics Step Two: Don’t Track Yourself!: Instructions for how to exclude your own visits from Google Analytics tracking
- Google Analytics Step Three: Get Your Stats By Email : How to receive email reports from Google Analytics
- Google Analytics Step Four: Loose Ends: A few final tweaks to your Google Dashboard and some definitions to clear up confusing terms
- Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Website Traffic Metrics with Google Analytics: More in-depth than my series on Google Analytics, this post really describes what you are looking for when you’re at the Google Analytics dashboard
- 17 Statistics to Monitor on Your Blog [Day 30 – 31DBBB]: What to look for when you’re logged in to Google Analytics or any other tracking site
- Using Google Analytics to Compare Traffic from Different Periods of Time: Adjusting and interpreting Google Analytics data to compare growth