ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Free Stat Counters For Your Blog

Updated on January 16, 2011

There are several tools which can help you cultivate your blogging audience. Today, we're going to discuss stat counters and what they can do for you. The stat counters listed here are free, but if you want all the bells and whistles they also have versions that cost money. Before we get into them, let's talk a bit about what they are.

A stat counter is script that you install on your blog (this is not difficult, especially if you're on -- you just copy and paste the html code) for the purposes of analyzing your traffic. Different counters offer slightly different options, but they will all tell you where your traffic came from, and how they got there. For example, if someone goes to Google and does a search on my name, they will enter my blog via a link in those search results. Your stat counter will show you that link and the terms searched that brought that person to your blog. It will also show you the page they wound up on initially.

Stat counters also tell you the IP address of that person, their computer OS, the browser they are using, the screen resolution they have and how many pages they viewed while the were on your blog. And it can even tell you where they went after they left your blog if they followed a link out. The following stat counters (and they can be used on websites as well) are two that I have experience with and use on a daily basis.

Sitemeter Stats

Lots and lots of bloggers use this one. It's the first stat counter I started using, and it works quite well. It's very easy to figure out if you're a beginner. It can tell you where people came from, how they got there, how long they stayed, where they went afterward and how many pages they viewed. It will only show you a max of 100 at visitors at a time, though, and it doesn't indicate return visitors -- which I really wish it could do. But over all its a very good counter and I'm always satisfied with it.

Stat Counter is quite good too, but it's a bit different. One of the things I really like about Stat Counter is that it tells you which visitors are return visitors. Another very cool thing is that you can label individual IP address with a nickname. If you know your best friend reads your blog every day, you could label her IP address BFF and it would be easier to know when you have a new visitor, or someone who is already a loyal reader. One of the downsides to Stat Counter is that the total number of visitors can sometimes appear larger than it is -- people who surf with AOL, for example, are often given a new IP address for every page reload, which could make 1 visit look like 10.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)