Stats – the tools within

Following up on yesterday’s posts about Goals and The Writer’s Diet, I decided to delve more into the wonderful world of Stats!

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WordPress posted an article on “Stats are more than just an Ego Boost” a while back and I revisited this post last night.  I read it when it was first posted, but must admit that I did not really do an in-depth check of my stats.  It is an amazing new world that opened up to me!

I was particularly interested to learn that I have readers in 59(!) countries:

Country Views
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 508
United States FlagUnited States 268
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 239
Australia FlagAustralia 29
Canada FlagCanada 24
India FlagIndia 22
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 22
Israel FlagIsrael 21
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 21
Germany FlagGermany 19
Singapore FlagSingapore 16
Philippines FlagPhilippines 13
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 9
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 9
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 8
Brazil FlagBrazil 5
France FlagFrance 5
Spain FlagSpain 5
Italy FlagItaly 5
Denmark FlagDenmark 5
Thailand FlagThailand 4
Bahrain FlagBahrain 3
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 3
Lebanon FlagLebanon 3
Latvia FlagLatvia 3
Belgium FlagBelgium 3
Sweden FlagSweden 3
Croatia FlagCroatia 3
Pakistan FlagPakistan 3
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 3
Greece FlagGreece 2
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 2
Norway FlagNorway 2
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 2
Ukraine FlagUkraine 2
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 2
Ireland FlagIreland 2
Austria FlagAustria 1
Serbia FlagSerbia 1
Colombia FlagColombia 1
Chile FlagChile 1
Hungary FlagHungary 1
Tunisia FlagTunisia 1
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 1
Nigeria FlagNigeria 1
Lesotho FlagLesotho 1
Rwanda FlagRwanda 1
Kenya FlagKenya 1
Turkey FlagTurkey 1
Cambodia FlagCambodia 1
Romania FlagRomania 1
Bahamas FlagBahamas 1
Jamaica FlagJamaica 1
Georgia FlagGeorgia 1
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 1
Paraguay FlagParaguay 1
Japan FlagJapan 1
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 1
Syrian Arab Republic FlagSyrian Arab Republic 1

The search terms used on Google to get here also offered a couple of giggles (how to make a voortrekkerkappie) and some which really shocked me (rapetown sex game!)  Really?!  I shudder to think what that is all about.

The post by WordPress offers a lot of different ways in which you can pinpoint your reader’s needs and suggestions how to expand on that.

Next, I found statcounter!  StatCounter currently offer the following stats Configurable Summary Stats, Entry Pages, Came From, Recent Visitor Google Map and many more.  Best part:  it’s free.  Mine is loaded and ready to go.  I can’t wait to see the results!

Now, back at you:  which other tools have you found useful?