I’ve just installed the StatCounter widget at the bottom of the right-hand column. In their words it’s:
a free invisible web tracker, highly configurable hit counter and real-time detailed web stats. Insert a simple piece of our code on your web page or blog and you willmbe able to analyse and monitor all the visitors to your website in real-time!
You can choose whether to have an invisible counter or a visible one – which I have. It can be public ie everyone can access your stats, or it can be private – which is what I’ve made mine.
You sign up for an account – which is free & then they step you through setting up your StatCounter. It was really easy – took a couple of minutes. The best thing is that you can have several sites attached to your account & check them on the same page.
There are ‘Summary Stats’, and ‘Detailed Log Analysis’. The ‘Summary Stats’ provide a lifetime daily count of the totals of visitors to your website each day. And allows you to run reports since the day you started the project! After a few months of tracking, it is absolutely superb to look back and to see the daily, weekly and monthly trends of your visitors. Does your website have a weekday rush and a weekend slump? Did your traffic take a surge leading up to a holiday season? Is your website in general growing or stagnating?
WordPress provides some good stats – but you can never have too many stats!! So – go to it & set up your own StatCounter.