Sunday 3 January 2010

Site/visitor meters.

I have two, Site-meter, and activemeter. They didn't both start counting right at the beginning, but even accounting for that there's a big discrepancy between what they pick up.
Some people are completely invisible. I know they've been, and when, if they left a comment. But sometimes neither of the counters recorded a visitor at that time.
Now I'm not obsessive about it, honest...
The thing that interests me most, is a) referrers... Where did you come from, a sidebar link on somebody's blog? Google? where?
and b) Where in the world are you.
That's only approximate, of course, the info is where your isp's server is located.
Like this:

Grit in the Gears
By Details > Visit Detail
Visit 50,137

[<<]  [>>]
Domain Name

IP Address

xxxxxxxxx(I xx'd it to protect the innocent.)# (Frontier Communications)

Frontier Communications

North America
United States  (Facts)
New York
43.286, -77.6843 (Map)

English (U.S.)

Operating System

Linux UNIX

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/2009090216 Ubuntu/8.04 (hardy) Firefox/3.0.14


version 1.5

1024 x 600
Color Depth
24 bits

Time of Visit

Jan 3 2010 11:49:46 pm
Last Page View

Jan 3 2010 11:50:39 pm
Visit Length

53 seconds
Page Views

Referring URL
Visit Entry Page
Visit Exit Page

Out Click

You're a linux user? I'd never have guessed.

Somehow I thought you might have a shiny mac....
Then again, I bet hmmmmm......
Grit in the Gears
This Week's Visits and Page Views
This Week's Visits and Page Views
Anyway, it having just ticked past midnight, and work at six in the morning, oh sadness, I'll just compare the two counters again, see what discrepancy they've amassed on an unusually busy page-hit day.
Sitemeter,     400 page views
Activemeter, 435 page views

Plus the uncounted invisibles...
So if anybody's got a better counter, I'd love to hear of it, G'night everybody....

50,000th visitor

The 50,000th visitor, as counted by Sitemeter, came along early today.
Something odd is happening though.
One post, with pictures of lighthouses, here  has been getting an avalanche of hits all from the same google-image referrer, and all of the hits come from isps in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

I can't imagine why everybody in the German-speaking world is suddenly google image searching lighthouses, and then clicking on the link to my blog.
If any of you are reading this page... please tell me how you got here, and why, because I can't figure it out. Currently, that page has been accessed 357 times today, which is 357 times more than in all of last week.

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Now, I never learned german, but I think it says (roughly) The site you were trying to visit refers (transfers?) you to.. gritinthegears etc. If that isn't what you want, you can return to the previous page. Looks like a glitch in's image search Nothing I've done, anyway.