Every once in awhile (actually, 3-4 times per day), I'll wonder, "Who is visiting Around the Corner?" It's one of those questions that nags at the back of my mind, and I have to put it off with more work, quality fiction or just cave and take a long look at you as you drop in for a visit.
Several tools I use to give me insights into visitors include the following:
1) ClustrMaps: Not only does ClustrMaps give me that nice world map at the top of this blog entry, but it gives me pretty detailed info about how many visitors I've had from all over the world. For example, my top 10 states in the U.S.A.--from which there have been 58,693 visitors--include the following:
- Texas (TX) 10,091
- California (CA) 9,186
- New York (NY) 3,344
- Washington (WA) 3,082
- Georgia (GA) 2,578
- Iowa (IA) 1,948
- Florida (FL) 1,888
- Illinois (IL) 1,849
- Pennsylvania (PA) 1,617
- Ohio (OH) 1,509
And, of course, I also have to like how ClustrMaps features visitors from different countries, as shown below with the top 11 countries featuring over 1000 visitors:
2) Statcounter - I've written about statcounter before, especially how it helps me track visitors on a daily basis.
My personal blogging goal is to break 1000 hits per day. Peanuts for many super-star bloggers, but I'm grateful for these!
3) Blogger Stats - One of the neat features of Blogger is that it gives you stats...
4) Feedjit - It's nice to see what blog entries are popular and trending on a given day, so I'm grateful for the information! Here are two of their lists as of this blog post:
How can you get these for your blog? Go to the web sites below and follow the directions!
And, for those of you who don't bother to put these "gauges" on your blog, don't complain when you share that no one is reading your stuff. Chances are, you are getting plenty of visitors but you don't know how many.