I think for most bloggers out there in the world, to know that what you have written is being read is something that we hold dear. When we site at our computers and share with the world, we want to know that someone … somewhere is reading it. I think this is true whether you have a blog with a small dedicated following or a larger blog with many thousands of visitors a day. Analysing stats is something that most bloggers like to do.
So for todays post I thought it might be give a short list of some of the plugins that are available that can make capturing and analysing stats. This list is not by a long way exhaustive but they are ones that I think are worth a look.
- Ultimate Google Analytics – This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics tracking to your WordPress blog without making any changes to your template. The plugin can also add tracking to outbound links, downloads from your own site and mailto: links.
- Google Analytics Dashboard – This makes it easy when you login to get a quick snapshot of your stats on your WordPress Dashboard. You can also alow other users to see the same dashboard information when they are logged in or embed parts of the data into posts or as part of your theme.
- JetPack (stats previously provided by WordPress.com Stats) – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. It is a great and very simple stats overview. My favourite to look at over coffee in the morning.
- Official StatCounter Plugin – I have been a bit of a fan for years of StatCounter. It is not as elegant as Google Analytics but I find that some of the stats are easier/faster to access and manipulate with StatsCounter (and it can be interesting to see some of the discrepancies with Google Analytics).
- Simple Social Sharing Stats – This plugin will display the the social sharing counts of your blog posts in the WordPress Admin dashboard. It also adds a new column to your “Edit Posts” screen where the counts are displayed.The sharing statistics are pulled from Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social networks. You can also tweet, like or +1 your blog posts from the WordPress admin dashboard itself.
For those of you using Mutlisites you may also want to consider
- Multisite Analytics – What this plugin is unique in that it allows the users on the multisite to use their Google Analytics tracking codes on their sub sites while at the same time allowing a network admin to track visitors across the whole multisite.
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