Sunday, July 27, 2008

Statcounter visitor counter statistics

What are the statistics that you can get from Statcounter visitor counter? Well, the very first page you will see when you log in will be a list of your websites with installed visitor counters and icons bar chart icon for you to click to view visitor statistics, etc.

When you click the bar chart icon bar chart icon, a page displaying a bar chart of the number of visitors for the days of the week will greet you:

bar chart showing daily visitor statistics

In the left sidebar will be links to display:
  1. summary

  2. popular pages

  3. entry pages

  4. exit pages

  5. came from

  6. keyword analysis

  7. recent keyword activities

  8. recent came from

  9. search engine wars

  10. visitor paths

  11. visitor length

  12. returning visits

  13. recent pageload activities

  14. recent visitor activity

  15. recent visitor map

  16. country/state/city/ISP

  17. browser

  18. system statistics

  19. lookup IP address

  20. download logs

If you click on "Recent Pageload Activity", a page displaying visitors' statistics including location, referring link, etc.:

visitor statistics

Among other useful statistics are visitors' screen resolutions (system statistics):

Visitors' screen resolutions are useful for webmasters (which include bloggers) so that they can decide on the template that can cater to the visitors' screen resolutions. For example, at one time this statistic showed that there were still 15% of the visitors with screen resolution of 800x600 pixel. A template with total width of 800 pixel was selected for this blog to cater to them.

More later. Please leave comment to remind me.

For installation instructions, refer to Add visitor counter.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Discount for domain name registration

It is very common now for businesses that have a website to also host a blog. One of the website that have a blog is Coupon Chief which have a blog at Coupon Chief blog.

The blog plus a revamp of the website are what is new since the last time I visited Coupon Chief. Since Blogger introduced Custom Domain, interest in registering domain names for blogs had increased. One of the registrar which can register a domain name is Network Solutions and you can get a discount via Network Solutions coupons. You can also get Dell Home coupon to qualify for discounts for Dell computers.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Uploading video direct in Blogger post editor

Video can be pretty useful in blogs. For example, there is a nice post with some hard to get Angklung Music. You can upload video from your computer direct from Blogger post editor using the video upload icon video upload icon. This is simpler than uploading to Youtube, Google Video or LiveVideo and then resizing them to fit as the script resulting from uploading direct via the Blogger upload icon video upload icon below:

<OBJECT class=BLOG_video_class id=BLOG_video-UPLOADING height=266 width=320 contentId="UPLOADING"></OBJECT>

only have 1 attribute for height and width and 1 (320px) for width. Now the width is only 320px which will be less than the width of the main column of most blogs including this one (400px). This mean I (and nearly all bloggers) will not need to edit the script to resize the video to fit the main column.

Update: The filmstrip icon for uploading video is not present in the new updated Blogger post editor, but still available in the old post editor. Refer to Blogger video upload icon and the old post editor

Compare that with 2 attributes for Youtube which must be edited to reduce the width (425px) to be equal or less than the width of this main column (400px). For ways to do that, refer to How to resize Youtube Video to fit main column or sidebar and How to resize YouTube video to fit any width.

For Google video, refer to embedding Google video and for LiveVideo, refer to refer to resize LiveVideo to fit main column

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Add visitor counter (statcounter) to blog

Update 26 February 2010: A comment by a blogger reminded me this post needs updating and I figured the easiest way is to just copy-paste my response here (the original post is still definitely worth reading still): Hey, while I still love statcounter and will continue to use it, although I didn't bother much about Google Analytics because too much data, not too long ago, I have started to use 2 together. One can complement the other actually. Posts re: Google Analytics User Interface and Google Analytics User Interface and Individual post visitor counter.

Original post below. You may also want to read description of statistics provided by Statcounter or Statcounter visitor map and statistics:

There are many free counters - Statcounter, site meter, Google Analytics. I prefer Statcounter as there is a choice of visible and invisible counter and it gives me just the statistics I need. I feel Sitemeter is more for giving nice graphs and Google Analytics gives too much statistics, only invisible counter and I think more for those e-Commerce website and those who use AdWord for advertising.

I will describe how to add Statcounter to your blog. First to to Statcounter and sign up for an account. Sign in and then click "New project" (see screen shot below):

Statcounter new project

Get the URL of your blog. If you do not know how, refer to what is URL and how to get it and how to get URL of own blog. Copy and paste URL from clipboard into the box for "Website URL". Type the blog title in the first box. Click on the down arrow of "Category" and select a suitable category. Click "Next".

Statcounter new project

In the next page, click "Configure and Install Code":

statcounter install code

After clicking "Configure and Install Code", in the next page, you will have to chose between a visible counter and an invisible counter. We will chose invisible counter because it involves less steps. You may chose a visible counter (first choice) if you want.

statcounter invisible counter

At the bottom, click NEXT. In the next page, tick "Yes I use" and then click the down arrow. Select "Blogger" (see screen shot below):

Statcounter choose Blogger

Click "Next" at the bottom, and the script for the visitor counter will be given in the next page. Click inside the box and the whole script will be highlighted. Press ctrl+C to copy script into clipboard.

Sign into to get the Dashboard, and click LAYOUT for the blog you want to install the visitor counter. If you had selected visible counter, you will have to choose where to place the visible counter. In this case, we have chosen invisible counter, so it does not matter where. Click any one of the ADD A PAGE ELEMENT,

Blogger LAYOUT and Add a Page Element

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and you will get a pop-up where you will have to choose HTML/Javascript. Click inside the box, press ctrl+V to paste the script from clipboard into the box:

Script pasted into HTML Page Element

After the visitor counter script is pasted into the box, click SAVE and your visitor counter is successfully installed.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Troubleshoot sidebar bottom page problems Part 3

If you find the sidebar of your blog pushed to the bottom of the page, a very likely reason is that you have added something to one of your blog post which is too wide for the main column (a blog usually consists of the Header, Main Column, one or more Sidebars, Footer). To narrow down to the actual blog post that is causing the problem, either:
  1. Go to SETTINGS > FORMATTING and set the main column to display only 1 post in the main column. Then view the post 1 by 1 and see in which post you have the problem

  2. or
  3. go to the Dashboard for the problem blog where each post are listed one by one (click EDIT POST). Observe in which post the sidebar is at the bottom of the page

The post which have the sidebar at the bottom of the page is the culprit. Determine the width of the main column (click BACK button to get back to this page) and check what is in that post that has width more than the width of the main column. Edit the post so that the width of whatever is causing the problem so that its width is the same or narrower than the width of the main column.

To give you an idea of how to edit a video, refer to edit Youtube script to fit main column (click BACK button to get back to this page) or sidebar.

If it is not the blog post, then the problem could be something in the sidebar or the template, in which case refer to troubleshoot sidebar at bottom of page Part 1 (click BACK button to get back to this page) or troubleshoot sidebar at bottom of page problem Part 2(click BACK button to get back to this page)

Update 17 September 2010: A reader solved her "sidebar at the bottom" problem by reducing the number of posts in the homepage from 25 posts to 10. Each of those 15 posts was published individually (permalink) and was found to not have caused the sidebar to slide to the bottom. Thus the possibility of content in one or more of those 15 posts causing the sidebar at bottom of page problem was eliminated.

If you have many posts in your homepage and your sidebar is at the bottom of the page, you may want to try having less posts on your homepage.

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