Statcounter, Sitemeter, GoStats- Tracking It all
A blogger who shall remain nameless asked me about the three different stat counters I use. Said blogger is a smart fellow and had his own diagnosis for why, and as a true sci-fi buff was concerned with how I navigate the space time continuum. BTW, he is a good guy and if he wants to identify himself he is welcome to.
It is an excellent question, but before I answer that allow me to mention something that has been nagging at me. I really enjoy using Answers.com, just a ton of information there. I was playing around with providing you non-geeks with a definition of the space time continuum and it made me remember that I wanted to point out the utility of this service.
So check this out and be sure to read down the entire page, there is a lot there. You have to love the translations. With a little work I could start publishing in 13 different languages, imagine how many more people I could bore. 😉
I started using G0stats because I was curious to see how many people were coming to my blog. I found it to be helpful, but I still had more questions. Someone else suggested that I try Sitemeter, so I installed that and found it to be similar to Gostats, not all that pleasing.
And then I installed Statcounter and I have found that to be the most interesting and most comprehensive. I check in periodically to see if the numbers go up or down and to see what the most popular stuff is. I find it interesting, but I don’t write more or less because of what it shows me.
I still blog for me, this is so cathartic. It is an easy, healthy method of blowing off steam. And it is still one of finest methods I have of getting to the meat of my thoughts and feelings on various topics.
The keyboard provides an easy method of transcribing my thoughts down. Sometimes it takes having the words in print for me to realize what my thoughts really are.
Anyway, one of the things I have noticed about the three different meters is that they are not uniform in their tracking of visitors to the blog. I don’t know what metrics they use to define a visit, but since they are different there is a discrepancy among the totals.
Hope that helps answer the question a little.
Jack's Shack February 23, 2005 at 7:15 am
Too many doctors in this post, I am just a layperson who wants to know why they think ordinary, sleep deprived residents should be allowed to treat anyone. 😉
Google pays based upon clicks. Thus far they have paid me squat, but I figure eventually they’ll owe me something and that is better than nothing.
Doctor Bean February 23, 2005 at 6:57 am
Jack: on a related note, I was intrigued to find Google ads at the bottom of your page. May I ask (if it’s too intrusive just say so) what the ballpark of what you make for them is? I can’t imagine you’ll retire on it, but if it pays for the internet access, that wouldn’t be too bad.
PsychoToddler February 22, 2005 at 8:02 pm
By the way, following the answer.com link to space time leads you here:
Where it says that higher numbers go from kilo- to mega- to giga- and end up with Zetta- and Yotta-
Which confirms my suspician that if you live long enough eventually you start to sound like an old Jew.
PsychoToddler February 22, 2005 at 7:53 pm
I don’t know who this so-called blogger is, but he’s obviously a moron with too much time on his hands who’s got nothing better to do than prowl around on the bottom of your web page nit-picking and looking for discrepancies.
Space time continuum.
What a nerd.