February 2, 2012

How To See Who Visits Your Blog

If you’ve ever wondered who visits your blog, there’s a fun site you can use to see what your readers are interested in — and what they like most about your site. By placing the invisible code on your site, you’ll get answers to questions like:

  • How many people visited my blog today?
  • Who links to my blog?
  • Does my blog show up in search engines?
  • What are my most popular posts?
  • Do my readers click on the links I recommend?

And many more. Here’s a quick peek into Statcounter, and what I like most about it!

 

Summary

How many people visited my blog today? How many were brand new visitors? How many had been here before?

How to See Who Visits My Blog

When I first login to Statcounter, I start off by checking the Summary. This lets me know how many people have visited my blog so far today, along with a comparison chart for the past seven (7) days.  I can see the number of unique visitors, the number of pages they viewed, and whether or not they were a returning reader.

 

Popular Pages

What are people looking at on my blog? What are my most popular posts?

How to See Who Visits My Blog

Another fun stat to check is Popular Pages. It’s important to note that Statcounter monitors your readers’ behavior in real-time, for the last 500 readers to your blog. This page will tell you what is the most popular post on your blog right now. It may be different if you check back tomorrow, or even later in the day!

How to See Who Visits My Blog

Something neat you can do from Popular Pages is click on the little magnifying glass beside one of your posts, then click on Came From in the blue box that appears next. Like the image above, this will show you how your readers are arriving at this particular post. As you can see from the example above, my most popular post gets a lot of traffic from Pinterest, with some hits from Facebook, Stumble Upon, and Google as well.

 

Came From

How are people finding my blog? Who’s linking to my blog?

How to See Who Visits My Blog

Speaking of Came From — this is probably my most favorite feature of Statcounter. Click on Came From in the menu list on the left side, and you’ll see a list of your top referring links. This is how people are finding your blog — you can see who’s linking to and talking about your blog!

 

Keyword Analysis

Does my blog show up in search engines? What do people search for that leads them to my blog?

How to See Who Visits My Blog

Another way readers can find your blog is through search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. By the way, if I was writing this post 15 years ago, I would’ve said “search engines like HotBot, Lycos, and DogPile“. Wonder what the search engines will be 15 years from now! Anyway, Keyword Analysis will show you what search terms readers are using the find your site. Some of them can be quite entertaining! Keyword Analysis sorts the search terms by the most popular terms.

How to See Who Visits My Blog

You can also click on Recent Keyword Activity to see a list of search latest search terms used to find your site — with real-time accuracy. What’s neat about this page is you can see if people found your site from a certain search engine, if it was an image search, and how high your blog showed up in the results list. For example, check out the first two results in the screenshot above. This person searched for “30 day shred before and after” on Google and my blog was the 14th result that appeared for them. The next reader searched for “cookie dough oreo brownie” on Google, and my blog was the first result that appeared for them.

 

Exit Links

Do my readers click on the sites I link to? Are they clicking on links to blogs or products I recommend?

How to See Who Visits My Blog

If you’ve shared a link on your blog or in a post, you can view your Exit Link stats to tell if people actually clicked on it. Again, since Statcounter monitors your readers in real-time, this will show what people are clicking on right now. For example, this might be extremely helpful to check if you shared a round-up of links. This will show you the most popular links that people are clicking on, giving you a better idea of what your readers are interested in.

 

Visitor Paths

What do people do on my blog? What pages do they look at? What links do they click on?

How to See Who Visits My Blog

Visitor Paths — now this is a fun one if you’ve ever wondered what people do on your blog! Do they read one page and leave? Do they click around and keep reading? What do they click on? Click on Visitor Paths and it will show you, in order of your most recent visitor, exactly what they did and what they looked at on your blog. For example, the reader above came from a link on Facebook. They landed at the Ultimate Layered Cookie Dough Oreo Brownies page, and from there they kept on clicking! They looked at cookie dough cupcakes, photos of Louie, Savannah, and Mexico. Fun!

How to See Who Visits My Blog

Click on the magnifying glass beside a reader on the Visitor Paths page, and you’ll see even more information about this particular reader, like how many times they’ve visited your blog before and how long they stayed on your blog for this visit.

 

Install

The best part about Statcounter is that it’s super easy to install, and you’ll start seeing your stats right away. When you sign up for an account, all you have to do is click on the blogging platform you have (Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, etc) and it will walk you through how to install the code with a step-by-step photo tutorial.

Happy Statcounting! :)



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83 Comments





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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 2, 2012 at 2:14 am

I’ve had statcounter installed for almost 2 years on my blog and love it! But I never knew what it all meant and don’t poke around with it too much. I click on referring traffic/came from most often because of course I wonder how they got to me.

And can you believe how much traffic you get from Pinterest? If you’re anything like me, it’s probably done more for you blog than 10 other things combined. It’s truly been a gift…on so many levels. I love Pinterest and it’s my favorite time suck ever :)

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Kelley February 2, 2012 at 2:26 am

This is super interesting. I am wondering, though, do I show up as a reader/visitor if I am reading your blog through Google Reader? I’d hate for bloggers who work so hard to miss out on traffic registering because of that.

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Amanda February 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hey Kelley, that’s a great question. No, you don’t show up as a visitor if you are reading the blog through Google Reader. Only if you are actually on kevinandamanda.com will you show up as traffic. Hope this helps! :)

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Carolyn February 2, 2012 at 2:42 am

Amanda! This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this with us… super-dee-duper… ;-)

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Mindy February 2, 2012 at 2:54 am

So the truth is out! Amanda, you must now know that I am addicted to your site and I am your biggest fan. ssshh.. don’t tell anyone ;)

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Giuli February 2, 2012 at 3:19 am

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
That’s what I’m looking for!
Awesome!
Thanks for sharing =D

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Heidi @ foodiecrush February 2, 2012 at 3:26 am

I’m a total tech geek with stuff like this so love being introduced to something new on the backend. Thx!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

Oh boy, I think this might be another analytics tool I’ll need to install (and subsequently become obsessed with) I can already lose hours between WP stats, GA and my host’s stats!

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Southern Gal February 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

I’ve been using sitemeter for years, but this looks like it does so much more. Thanks.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

I don’t know how I forgot about Statcounter! I was obsessed with it when I very first started blogging years ago on a different site. I might have to revisit it!

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Missy February 2, 2012 at 6:43 am

I probably visited your site 10 times in one day after the Howie tricks blog! So, so cute.

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Susie February 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

Thanks! I am so new at blogging…made one post in 2010, two in 2011 and now have done three in 2012! It can be intimating to get going – I will definitely use this information.

I enjoy reading yours – the trip to the Tennessee mountains was gorgeous, our family spent last Easter in Gatlinburg.

Susie

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Diana February 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

This is so cool and interesting! I’ve been too intimidated to start a blog b/c I’m afraid I don’t have time to keep up with it w/ 2 kids and a full time job (oh and a husband to spend ‘quality time’ with. But this makes me want to start one! I love that these stats are available!
Diana

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Emilie February 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

Amanda, I am LOVING these how-to blog posts, keep ‘em coming!

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Angie February 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

Thanks for this post, Amanda! I barely look at Google Analytics because there is so much info, it is almost useless to me. I use Feedjit to see where my traffic is coming from in real-time, but I’m totally going to have to try Statcounter. I used something similar, but it was slowing down my site so I got rid of it. Thanks so much for the recommendation!! You rock! :)

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Jenni February 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

This looks awesome Amanda! Will it work if my blog is private?

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Amanda February 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi Jenni! Yes, I believe Statcounter will work on a private blog, too. Hope this helps! :)

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Lorrie February 2, 2012 at 9:03 am

Love all the posts where you tell us how to do something. I know it will only make our blogs better.

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Amee February 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thank you, Thank you Thank you! I’ve installed it on my little ole blog. :)

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Amy @ All In A Day February 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

What a great site!! Thank you so much for sharing! I literally was just looking last night for a site that will let me easily see who links back to my blog!! This is perfect! xoxo

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Katie February 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing! Got it installed on my blog now!

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Donna February 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

looks awesome, trying now! thanks!

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Ashley @ Josh & Ashley's World February 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

Thanks for sharing Amanda! This is awesome!

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Urban Wife February 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks for sharing this! I love how much more detailed Stat Counter is than the Blogger platform stats. Have a great day!

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Kat February 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thank you for sharing this! I already added it to my blog and found out how to block my own visits (cuz then I’d be at about 100 per day, just from me, lol)…
I love your tips, thanks again!

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Angela Watts February 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Hmmm, might have to look into this. I already run GA and use the AWStats in my CP…but this looks like it might be more intuitive.

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Brenda@sugarfreemom.com February 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I love statcounter! Great detailed post about it!

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Kristen February 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

As always, such an informative post. That much data hurts my head, but there is some of it I’d love to know. Thanks for the info :)

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Hannah February 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Amanda! I have been using Google Analytics, but this looks so much more simple!

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Haunani February 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Amazing post! I have statcounter on my blog and LOVE it, but reading this post helped me get even MORE out of it. Thanks so much. And how in the heck do you have that many visitors? I’ve had my blog for over a year and only have 16 followers and maybe 75 visitors on an average day. You’re amazing!

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Jessica February 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Awesome tool! Thanks so much for sharing. Will be installing on my site soon. :-)

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Carla Walker February 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I have been following your blog for a few months now, and I get your new posts sent right to my email. I love that feature! I have been blogging for about a year now, and I just started a brand new blog this week, which is really a continuation of the old blog, but more specific to me and I am trying to make a habit of posting at least once per week. With starting the new blog, your recent posts on blogging have been very helpful! I put a pinit button on my posts (although the picture doesnt show-not sure why), and I cant wait until my blog gets more popular so I can use this site as well! Thank you so much for helping out fellow bloggers! I love your site!!!! :)

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Tabitha (From Single to Married) February 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

LOVE State Counter. I’ve been using way before it was probably cool. And how many things can I say that about?

(found you from PW’s site, btw. Figured I’d tell you so you don’t have to look.) :)

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Tabitha (From Single to Married) February 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

ps – STAT Counter, not State Counter. Oops.

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Kerri Ruth February 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Thanks so much for this! I just installed and I am super excited!

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Natalie February 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

I’ve had StatCounter for a while but I have about barely any information. Is there a wrong way to set it up? haha

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Lori @ RecipeGirl February 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

Amanda, do you have Google Analytics code installed as well? I use that and I’m wondering if there is a need/advantage for having both?

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Linda Napier February 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

Amanda THANKS for sharing and I’m in love with your red sofa!!!

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QueenLeilani February 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

Thank you for introducing this to me. Yes, I love Pinterest too. You find so many amazing things on that website. Are you on it too? I am. What is your Pinterest link so that I can add you. http://pinterest.com/queenleilani/

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christina @ ovenadventures February 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I installed this last night. I was showing my totally not at all interested boyfriend all the neat things like where people visited from and what posts they liked. Even he thought it was cool.
I think for a newer blogger it’s really invaluable because you can see more than just referring site and top posts.
Thanks for the info!

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Brandee February 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Super interesting! Thanks for blogging about this…now I have check my stats!

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Christina Powell February 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Amanda, thanks so much for this! I have this on both of my blogs (personal and business) now!

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Line February 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I just registered my blog there and I already love it. Super interesting!! Thanks for telling us about it. If you wonder who keeps popping by from Denmark, well, then that’s me. I love your site. Have a wonderful weekend ;-)

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Vanessa February 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

Wow, what a great site! Thank you for sharing this! I already have it installed and I’m a little obsessed! :x

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Chelsie @ A Little Peanut February 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for sharing this! I just launched my own blog, and all of your tutorials have been super helpful! :)

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Caitlin Weaver February 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thank you so much for this information!

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Clare Purvis February 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

I must do this on my blog! Except I don’t have too much traffic on my blog, so it wouldn’t tell me much haha!

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Brooke February 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

This answers lots of my questions right now, thank you. I’m blown away by how comprehensive the stats are.

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Julie {Angry Julie Monday} February 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Seriously, this is amazing! Thank you so much for doing this. I’ve been using Sitemeter for five years, and Google Analytics is sooo confusing to me. Your step-by-step tutorial immediately had me re-installing Statcounter and configuring the plug-in.

XOXOXO

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p49it February 7, 2012 at 3:08 am

Dear Amanda, thank you for the info. I already installed it for my blog. It provides more detail information about the visitor.

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Angie February 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Hi Amanda. I love all of your tutorials! , but I really appreciate you sharing all of the blogging secrets I have not figured out yet. Having it broken down into several easy steps makes me believe I may not be as computer illiterate as I think I am : )

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Vera February 18, 2012 at 4:24 am

I love seeing this much information on my free blog with Bravejournal so long ago. Let me check this out, thanks for the tutorial!

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Blog is the New Black February 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

Just installed this- thanks! :)

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Mama Laughlin February 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hey Amanda! Great tutorial!

I have a question for you. On my blog when you view the comments, it only shows the first 200 comments… I can’t seem to find out how to access the other comments if there are more than that. (which there RARELY are, but I’m hosting a lot of giveaways lately, so there have been a lot).

If you can point me in the right direction I’d really appreciate it.
I’ve tried entering html codes already to try and add a pager to the comments, but it hasn’t worked??

Thanks a ton!

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Kate February 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

{sigh} How I covet your designing skills. I’m trying to put a blog together and, alas, am *so* not able to do all that I want! Little by little, right?

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Sheila in Springfield February 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for sharing with us Amanda!

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Amy February 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I appreciate your how-to’s more than I can tell you. You describe things step-by-step and don’t use all of the over my head lingo. When trying to figure out something for my blog, yours is the first look to for information! Thank you.

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Christina February 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks so much for this, now I can see everything, awesome!

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farsaph March 4, 2012 at 12:54 am

Thank you so much for the information ma’am. It’s awesome! :)

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Sarah Baynes Sarna March 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Great information – thank you!

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Jesse Morris March 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

After doing a good hour of visitor tracking research I came upon your blog.
Your thorough description and how-to on StatCounter has finalized my decision. Thanks!

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Jennifer March 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Thank you so much for this post and your website in general. I am new here but have already learned so much valuable information from your site. You are truly a blessing to me and my websites in progress. Oh and I am even attempting a few or your do it yourself projects. Awesome!

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Shannon's Tales of Motherhood March 28, 2012 at 8:35 am

Thanks for the step-by-step instructions on how to see who visits our blogs! This post gives me more motivation to work on my blog because now I can see what my visitors like and how many visits as well as where they linked in from! Now I’m wondering does it show the information only from the time I install the StatCounter or will it show my entire history from when I started my blog? ( I quess I can check out that information once I install it huh!)

I love how-to posts when it comes to blogging related topics, I’m happy I came accross your blog and I hope you keep posting how-to’s!!
Thanks,
Shannon

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Johannah April 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I wonder if stat counter would register the ip every time your webpage shows up in search results BUT not click on your site?

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Emily @Sweet Bella Roos May 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

Very helpful! Thanks!!

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christa morgenstern June 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thanks ever so much. I just installed it and will see what happens.

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Angela June 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

Very helpful! I just tried it :D
Thanks!

Oh and I mentioned you in one of my first blog posts. :)
Hope you check it out. Thanks
See the link here.
http://sharpasnails.blogspot.com/2012/06/starting-over-again.html

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Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche June 18, 2012 at 2:58 am

Love this walkthrough, thanks! I have Google Analytics but don’t really like it much, Statcounter sounds much more my thing. Just signed up for it :)

PS – it’s a bit creepy just how much info you’re able to get on each individual visitor! Feels like someone’s watching us browsing the Internet hehe

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melita June 22, 2012 at 1:24 am

Thank you so much for this post! I was so curious to see who visits me etc. and didnt know it can be so simple with statcounter. Just signed up and cant wait to see first results :)

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melita June 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

one more thing, I’d love to have comment box like yours. Do you maybe have any tutorial how to do that? Or you could make one? :) Thanks!

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Elaine August 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Very interesting stuff, and easy to install. Thanks so much! Yet again, I’ve learned something new from your site!

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Shannon December 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

This is absolutely golden! Thanks!!! I’ll be hanging around here for a bit more tonight before heading over to StatCounter for my account… :)

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Shawnee January 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

After reading this post, I installed StatCounter on my site. What an informative and fun tool! Thanks so much for sharing!

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lucien February 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I just installed StatCounter on my blog. Like Kat, I can’t wait to try blocking my own visits (cuz most of them are from me–trying to remember how I did things in blogger, between postings). Your font tutorial is the BEST! Thanks for all the things you share. You, Keven, and the kids are awesome!!!

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lucien February 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Oooops, Kevin (sp)!

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Sheryl March 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’ve been trying to figure out which analytic tool to add to give me the detail I need about my blog traffic. This was exactly what I needed, and Site Counter is now happily installed on my site!

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Kaitlin March 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I never knew about statcounter until I just found your post (through Pinterest) but I think it sounds awesome! I just made an account for my blog and I can’t wait to start using it! Thanks for the post and by the way I love your fonts!

-Kaitlin
http://www.dessertmansion.blogspot.com

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Amber April 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I’m a total newbie to the world of blogging so I really appreciate your clear step-by-step instructions (I used your mouse-over pin it button tutorial too). Thanks for explaining what all the stats mean!

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Tracy April 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Thank you so much for this information, it was so helpful. I’m a very nervous person when it comes to changing the html code, I’m so afraid I’ll mess something up, but this was super easy…Thanks again.

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Jess July 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

Thanks for sharing this!! I am new to blogging and this will be great help to learn more about the traffic I get.

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Katia Audrey January 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Thanks KevinandAmanda, always a big helper :)

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Cheresa May 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Thanks very much! I am a new blogger and just installed Stat Counter on my blog! Thanks very much for the detailed explanation!

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ديوان المعرفه لرائع October 17, 2014 at 5:27 am

that is a nice job ,,,,,thank you ,,,i will try do it

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