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A Stats Plugin to Analyze Your WordPress Blog?

June 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Blogging Tools, WordPress Plugins

If you’ve ever signed up for a WordPress.com blog, you’ll know that Blog Stats is one of the features that came with it. According to Automattic‘s blog, a Stats Plugin focuses “on just the most popular metrics a blogger wants to track and provide them in a clear and concise interface.”

Bloggers who use a full version of WordPress blog (WordPress.org blog) now can use the same feature to track their blog/website. Since this feature is hosted within WordPress.com‘s server, your blog will not be affected much in terms of speed. So this is the biggest advantage if you use this Stats Plugin. Here are some screenshots I took from My Internet Stuff – a WordPress.com blog:

  • Shows your blog’s days, weeks, or months statistics. Blog's Statistics
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  • Shows you where the referrers come from and what are your top posts and pages people have visited. Stats Referrers Top Posts Pages
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  • Shows you what keywords or phrases people have used to find your blog & what links people have clicked in your blog. Stats Search and Clicks
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  • Shows the overall stats about your blog, incoming links to your blog, amounts of spams being caught, and etc. Stats Blog Stats Incoming Links
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For a full version of WordPress blog, you can download

  • Unzipped the file that you’ve just downloaded,
  • then uploaded it to this folder /public_html/wp-content/plugins or /public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins depends on how you set up your blog/website.
  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard, click on Plugins, and find WordPress.com Stats to activate it.
  • You’ll need your API Key to use it.

The only drawback I found so far is that once you login to your WordPress Dashboard, you’ll need to login to your WordPress.com account to use this feature.

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