Find out visitors and views to your WordPress blog
Now that you have Jetpack connected to your blog, we’ll take a look at the different features available–today we’re focusing on the stats option.
The main reason I use Jetpack is so I can utilize it’s WordPress.com Stats feature. If you read the little blurb describing it, it’s a “simple, concise site stats with no additional load on your server.” No additional load=it’s not going to slow your site’s speed down!
WordPress.com Stats will allow you to view the number of visitors your blog or site received by days, weeks, or months. However, it doesn’t monitor your own views of your site when logged in (which, to be honest, I don’t want it to do).
Besides that, it allows you a glimpse of how many visitors your site garnered by country, gives you the top posts and pages (by amount of views), referrers (blogs, websites, and search engines that link to your blog and also had one of their visitors click on over to your site), and shows the external links that were clicked on. You will also be able to see how many people follow your blog, and the search terms people typed into a search engine to find and click on your blog’s link.
Also, it has a simple interface that makes sense when you look at it–unlike other tracking plugins or even sometimes Google Analytics. The stats unfortunately don’t monitor the views your blog receives via your RSS feed.
Pressing the configure button within the WordPress.com Stats module under the Jetpack tab within your Dashboard will take you to the configuration section. Here you only have a few options, which are self-explanatory. You’re also able to choose who can view the site’s stats. The site’s administrator is able to view them by default, but I typically also allow the Editor and any Authors to do so as well–but not Contributors or Subscribers.
Once you’ve selected and saved your options, you will have your site stats page available. This won’t be quite ready to view yet since it was just set up, but after a day or so, you’ll be able to go there and see how many people viewed your blog!
Be sure to read up on using Jetpack’s many features by checking out the comprehensive overview of the WordPress Jetpack plugin and a summary of ALL of the available features.
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