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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Great Free Blog Stats Tool

After much experimentation, I have finally found a traffic statistics tool that works as advertised. In the last week, I have been busy subscribing this blog to just about every directory, blog portal, and link exchange I could find.

In the process, I have tried several counters and stats tools, but none left me jumping for joy. Most were unwieldy and non-intuitive. A couple were just plain useless. One simply wouldn't accept my login and password, despite tech support intervention.

Just when I was beginning to despair of finding a good, reliable counter that is easy to use and produces statistical reports that make sense, I stumbled across StatCounter. This cool little utility took seconds to configure and get running. The site is fast, easy to navigate, and well documented with comprehensive help available if needed.

The blogging world's most popular stats program seems to be Site Meter, and I have set up that one as well, for comparison purposes and because The Truth Laid Bear ecotraffic blog ranking relies on this tool.

I'll be posting both of these to WebLens' blogging resources. If you have any you'd recommend, please let me know through the comment feature of this post.


ZMAng said...

Yeah, StatCounter is an excellent stat tool. Pity it has that log limit. But even when compared with newer and more advanced services like Google Analytics, StatCounter still has that real-time stat reporting advantage.

Pam said...

Yes, that limit is a shame. I have already upgraded to the paid service, which offers a choice of log sizes. It's a pretty good example of classic technology marketing strategy: offer something for free, then upsell. In this case, the value's there.