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Counting WordPress: Statistics WordPress Plugins

WordPress PluginsIt’s intimidating to write a review and listing of WordPress Plugins to show your blog stats when the WordPress Plugin Database lists 81 WordPress Plugins under Statistics. Yikes! And that’s just to start!

As part of this month of WordPress Plugins, there is no way I can list all of them, and many of them are not updated to work with the latest version of WordPress. Many are specialized, doing only one or two things, while others cover anything that moves on your blog. I’ll do my best and point out some of the more popular and interesting WordPress Plugins that help you count and measure how your WordPress blog is doing.

In the early days of websites and blogs, the visitor counter was the most popular gadget you could add to your blog. Every time the number clicked over, it was just too exciting.

People would brag about their visitor counts, even though many knew that this was a statistic easily faked and not really an accurate report of their web traffic.

Blog traffic today is measured much differently. Page views aren’t enough. Hits on a site aren’t enough. Want to know where the highest level of traffic on most of my blogs comes from? Google and Inktomi’s web crawlers. Is that a good indicator of how many humans are reading my blog? No. But at least something looked at most of the pages on my blog. ;-)

We now have traffic that comes from feeds and other sources, which also changes how our audience numbers are counted. AJAX is totally changing the way we view our blog statistics since content can change and vary on a page without the page ever reloading. It’s time for a major rethink in how we measure our blog traffic and statistics.

In addition to WordPress blog statistics, statistical WordPress Plugins offer more than just traffic and page views. They can count the page views for an individual post or comment. They can count up how many comments a post receives and rate it accordingly. Plugins can count how many words are in a post, category, or your entire blog. There are scorecards for categories, Pages, posts, comments, clicks, and so many blog elements, it’s overwhelming.

So I’ll do my best to introduce you to some of the best statistical WordPress Plugins, and I expect you to help me share some of your favorites for tracking your own blog stats.

Major WordPress Blog Statistics

Major blog statistics come in two forms, one viewed only on the WordPress Administration Panels for the blog owners and contributor’s reference, and the other for public display.

Some of these WordPress Plugins will do one or the other, while others will do both. Some statistical Plugins require additional files or access to services on your host server, making installation a little more complicated than a drop-in Plugin. Many are also a bit taxing on the MySQL database, so if your site’s server is fairly lightweight and restricted, limit your usage and selection of these Plugins.

Read through the instructions carefully to determine if your site qualifies for their features and site requirements.

Stat Traq provides details of your statistics in graphic charts and lists. It monitors page hits, pageviews, browser details, session time, incoming and outgoing links, and more. It is one of the more complex and detailed site statistical Plugins, and it does take its toll on your database, so make sure your site can handle it.

Speedup WP-Stattraq is an add-on Plugin which speeds up Stattraq statistics page loading.

Another popular statistics WordPress Plugin is WP-SlimStat, which is a slimmed down version of the other larger blog stat Plugins like Stat Track. It puts a lighter load on the database and offers flexibility and interesting features such as tags for showing stats on your blog, localization, tracks searches, displays post titles for popularity statistics, optional email reports, IP to country, and shows visitors and unique IPs not just hits.

WP-SlimStat-Ex WordPress Plugin is based upon Wp-SlimStat but adds some AJAX features, filters, and more.

WP-SlimFunctions also adds a lot more features to SlimStat including most popular browsers and operating systems using the blog, popular search terms, referrers, and more.

WP-Stats WordPress Plugin is another popular blog statics offering, giving you a wide variety of stats to monitor.

FireStats reports on common traffic statistics including popular pages and referrers, and adds browser and operating system information, IP to country, excluding unwanted hits from displaying, an AJAX UI for fast refreshing without reloading, works cross-browsers, and internationalization and localization ready. Adds information to the WordPress Admin Panels but also allows adding statistics to the sidebar and footer.

Live WordPress Plugin lets you view your website activity and statistics in real time. You can watch visitors coming and going, leaving comments and grabbing feeds. If you are obsessive about your blog’s traffic levels and activities, this will satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies.

Example of blog statistics and traffic chartOther visitor and traffic related WordPress Plugins include:

External Statistics Monitoring

While most blog statistics are measured on your site, there are other sites offering services which monitor your blog like Google PageRank, Alexa, Site Meter, Google Analytics, Feedburner, and more. These WordPress Plugins are designed to integrate and interact with these off-site services and bring them to your WordPress blog easier.

Google Analytics and Feedburner Reports plugin for WordPress adds Google Analytics and Feedburner reports to your WordPress Administration Panel including a quick 7 day overview of what’s going on with your blog statistics.

Google Alexa MultiRank Checker For WordPress creates Alexa and Google ranking information on your WordPress Administration Panels.

WP PageRank displays your Google PageRank in a button on your blog.

Semiologic’s Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress adds Google Analytics easily to your WordPress blog.

Want to show off your Alexa Ranking? Coolcode’s AlexaRank WordPress Plugin allows you to add Alexa Ranking information to your WordPress blog’s sidebar, header, or footer.

Ultimate GA is another Google Analytics Plugin that tracks outbound links, download links, and ignores hits that skew statistics.

WhoLinked WordPress Plugin Widget shows who is linking to your blog.

WP-Mint WordPress Plugin integrates the Mint stats software into your WordPress blog. GetAMint WordPress Plugin interacts with Mint to add those statistics to your blog. There is also WP-Mint Popular Posts which displays the most popular posts on your blog as measured by Mint.

Site Meter Tracking WordPress Plugin integrates your Site Meter tracking information into your blog.

How to Install a GoStats Hit Counter using WordPress Plugins helps you add GoStats counter information to your WordPress blog.

If your blog host uses AWStats, you can use the AWStats Extended Info WordPress Plugin to add more sophisticated tracking to your WordPress blog to measure screen size, Flash, PDF, and Java support among other things.

WP-GoogleStats tracks when and how often Googlebot crawls your blog pages.

WP-GotLucky WordPress Plugin sends an email when Google visits your blog.

While not counting comments, Cavemonkey50’s Akismet Spam Counter will display the number of comment spam Akismet has caught on your blog. Some think comment spam is an indicator of how popular your blog is. The truth is that it is an indicator of how big a couple of the blogs linking to your are. The bigger the incoming link blog, the more likely comment spam bots traced their way through their blog to yours, like a virus. Still, it’s a fun statistic to add to your blog and to promote the great job Akismet is doing to stop comment spam.

Counting Posts and Comments

The two most important statistics many people monitor is their posts and comments. They want to know which posts attract the most attention and which posts get the most comments. This is a good indicator of which content is working best for your blog and generating the most interest.

Post and comment statistics can be tracked in your WordPress Administration Panels, but many like to publicize these popular statistics on their WordPress blog, pointing visitors to where the action is. While some WordPress Plugins offer both, most of these are very specialized, providing the information in different ways to increase blog navigation.

bsuite b2 is a “do it all” kind of statistics WordPress Plugin. It tracks page loads (hits), search terms, “pulse” graph of traffic activity globally or by post, related posts (at the bottom of your current post), recommended posts matching arriving visitor’s search criteria (landing pad), and a variety of tagging features, along with various traffic information that can be used within your WordPress Administration Panels or featured on your blog’s sidebar. Examples include most popular pots, recent comments, and top search terms.

Most Popular Categories By Post WordPress Plugin is a different twist on the most popular post lists. This Plugin list the most popular categories that get the most popular post traffic, directing visitors to your hottest discussed categories rather than just popular posts.

WP Plugin: Site Statistics shows site stats for posts, comments, categories, last post, last commenter and last modified.

Post Count provides the total number of published posts on the blog.

WordPress Statistics Plugin offers different post statistics. It provides a “readability analysis” of how hard your blog post is to read. It sues the Gunning-Fog and the Flesch-Kincaid scores and displays the results in your WordPress Panel, though you may be able to display the information on your WordPress posts. In theory, this may help you write better or at least more clearly.

Post Count Minus Category is an odd WordPress Plugin that displays the total number of posts not belonging to a specific category. I’m still puzzling over how this would be useful. Ideas?

Counting Post Views

Like the old fashioned visitor counters, people still like showing off how popular a post is by how many times it has been viewed or read.

The problem with these statistics, however, is that they aren’t a good indicator of how long the person spent on the page and if they actually read more than the title. Still, people love these and WordPress Plugin authors have come up with some fun ways of presenting these statistics.

WP-PostViews WordPress Plugin shows off how many times a post has been viewed.

Post Readers WordPress Plugin adds a counter to your posts to show how often they’ve been read. Includes ability to showcase most recently visited posts and most visited posts on your blog.

Counting Blog Comments

Comment statistics help bloggers and readers keep track of which posts are attracting the most comments and interests, and also point visitors to where the hot topics are being discussed. These comment WordPress Plugins count comments globally or per post, and can showcase the information in charts and graphs, too.

Some can count who is online and who has commented recently, as well as how many comments a particular registered user has made on the blog, another fun way of keeping score and encouraging competitive people to participate on the blog.

Comment Analysis WordPress Plugin by Be Lambic or Green is a potentially powerful comment statistics Plugin. You can customize a listing on your blog (or from within your Administration Panels if you wanted) to include your total comments, total pingbacks, total trackbacks, last comment, last pingback, last trackback, latest comments, latest commented posts, and most commented posts. You can feature some or all of the comment statistics.

Most Commented creates a list of the posts with the most comments.

Comment Word Count gives the number of words in your blog’s comments. This could be fun combined with other comment statistics.

Posts/Comments Time WordPress Plugin creates a chart to show the number of posts and comments for the hours of a day or days of a week.

UsrComCount counts the number of different users who have commented on the blog. UsrCount displays a count of the number of registered users on a blog.

Count-Comments WordPress Plugin counts the number of comments by “authornames” counting all the registered and logged in users. This is not for blogs without comment registration.

Naatan UserOnline WordPress Plugin is a little different type of user and comment Plugin. It reports on user names and includes the ability to add tags to custom user names to add CSS styles to specific user’s comments and participation.

Other comment counting WordPress Plugins include Comment Count and ComCount WordPress Plugin.

Counting Words WordPress Plugins

There are several WordPress Plugins whose sole job is to just count how many words are in a specific post or the entire blog. This is critical information for those writing posts based upon word counts like ezines which pay by word and have word count restrictions, PayPerPost, and ReviewMe.

A different kind of word counting WordPress Plugin is Weighted Words. It goes through your posts in the database and creates a link list of words you use the most in your blog posts. It doesn’t decide which words are keywords. It just lists the ones you use the most. This is a great way of finding out if you are really writing about what you intend to write about, and if you are using enough of the right keywords. It also makes a simple navigational word cloud like a tag cloud.

Counting User Activity

Live WordPress Plugin, mentioned earlier, can provide a live view of statistical activity on your blog, and there are many other WordPress Plugins that track user activity.

WP-UserOnline WordPress Plugin displays how many users are online at any time, where they are and, if registered, who they are. This is great for highly interactive, member-oriented blogs.

Total Users Registered displays the total number of registered users on your blog. This could be fun used in combination with other user activity Plugins.

Click Counter Plugin For WordPress counts the clicks for any links on your blog posts. Any link in your blog will be “scored” and a record kept of how many times it is clicked. The author warns, however, that as neat as this is, it can overload your SQL server as it adds one SQL query to every link with the counter. It is not for lightweight server blogs.

Backlinks WordPress Plugin displays the number of inbound links arriving on your WordPress blog. It creates a graph that shows how your number of inbound links develop over time and counts the total number.

Where are your readers going? Mostpopularlinks WordPress Plugin creates a list of the most popular outbound links to external sites from your blog to display in your WordPress Administration Panels or on your blog’s WordPress Theme.

SearchHistory WordPress Plugin stores information about searches on your blog and reports on them in a sub-panel on your WordPress Administration Panels.

Novelty Score Keeping WordPress Plugins

The following WordPress Plugins track various things on your WordPress blog. Some are for serious score keeping and others are more for fun.

DownloadCounter WordPress Plugin tracks the number of times a file has been downloaded on your WordPress blog.

Blogtimes displays a bar graph showing the times you posted in the last month or so, and features a variety of customization options. Blogtimes with Icons works with Blogtimes but creates a mini icon bar to showcase posting statistics.

Posting Frequency Plugin tracks how often you post and shows it in the sidebar of your blog.

Useless Stats WordPress Plugin displays a bunch of blog statistics that the author considers “useless” such as the age of the blog, an average of how many posts were released in the past week, month, since conception, and similar statistics for comments. You can choose what statistics you want shown.

Simple Graph WordPress Plugin can be used to showcase blog statistics, but it goes further than that and allows you to showcase any statistical information in a chart. You enter in the information and the chart is generated.

How Do You Track Blog Statistics on Your WordPress Blog?

I’ve only skimmed the surface of the different WordPress Plugins that provide statistical and counting information on your blog. What are your favorites? What do you like about them? Which ones do you recommend?

Have you found some interesting ways of displaying counts and measures on your WordPress blog? Share!


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81 Comments

  1. Posted February 12, 2007 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the linkback. :)

  2. targetlife
    Posted February 12, 2007 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    for me stattraq is working d best….but not sure if resultys are correct…

  3. Posted February 12, 2007 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    There are so many! I’m currently using SiteMeter, but it seems that I can’t get it not to count my IP address on a consistent basis without me constantly having to check to see if it’s doing it, and selecting the option for it not to. I’m looking at Stat Counter and Fire Stats. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to using these compared with Site Meter?

  4. Posted February 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Another interesting statistics plugin is Counterize II. I use this one on my blog.

  5. Posted February 12, 2007 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Really great posts.. I recently found your blog and now I am reading all your posts – great job, keep it that way.

    Let’s talk about statistics. I used Stat Traq plugin for two or three months, but it filled up my db really fast so I had to change the way I gather statistics. But I really liked Stat Traq because it shows ALL the information needed. Now I use Ultimate Google Analytics and I really like the information about last 7 days – it shows me current trends. And of course I use some external statistics tools like w3counter.com. Today found out about Slim Stat in your post and I think I’ll give it a try.

    Thanks again for the great post and good luck! :)

  6. Rebe
    Posted February 13, 2007 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    It’s dangerous to use any stats plugin, because there are slowing down the WordPress…

  7. Posted February 13, 2007 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    great post.. also da werde ich gleich mal ein paar interessante Plugs ausprobieren.

  8. Posted February 13, 2007 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for having my Stats plugin on your site. I’m doing my best to make Stat Traq even better than it is. Thanks again.

  9. Posted February 13, 2007 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Hi,

    have you ever tried Counterize II.

  10. Posted February 13, 2007 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I’ve been using WP-Shortstat for a while now and I love it.
    It’s derived from Shortstat which, I just found out two seconds ago, is a widget now! Worth checking out! (Insert mental note to self)

  11. Posted February 13, 2007 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I second Counterize II. I use it along with SlimStats. Great info, Lorelle. Thanks!

  12. Posted February 13, 2007 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been using Popstats: It’s super lightweight- and is easy to install- gives you a quick look at your last 10 search terms and 20 referral pages- and can display to all registered users- no matter what level. yes- the site is in Spanish, but the plugin works like a charm.

    I’ve also tried BA Stats – and its interface drove me nuts. I think that Owen Winkler pretty much abandoned it.

  13. Posted February 14, 2007 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU Lorelle for adding in WP-Stats =) So shocked that you posted on my wordpress blog =)

  14. Posted February 20, 2007 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Fantastic site and excellent resource! I found some amazing plugins which I am now using. Even managed to speed up my site 10x using WP_cache plugin, brilliant stuff! Also switched from Firestats to SlimStat and noticed a remarkable imporovement in the speed of my site as well as the better quality of stats being reported by Slimstat. Thank you for a very resourceful and informative site, which I found purely by chance! :)

  15. Posted February 20, 2007 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    great post, thanks for all those links..
    I have a question concerning the comments count by authornames : is it possible to easily count how much comments people have left on the site, WITHOUT having a log/password registration blog ?
    thanks a lot

  16. Posted February 21, 2007 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I’m not an expert in this, just reporting what I found in my research.

    You need to be clearer. Do you want to count how many comments a user left on a blog without user registration, how many comment under posts by specific post authors (one author gets more comments on their posts than others kinda thing), or how many comments on the whole blog?

    Go through the list of comment statistics in the article and check out the various options I didn’t cover on the WP-Plugins.net or WordPress Codex Plugins List. I didn’t cover all of the options available.

  17. Posted March 6, 2007 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    Kudos for excellent post, which is very informative and educative.
    I need little help. I request you to immediately respond.
    Under the following head “Other visitor and traffic related WordPress Plugins include:” you have given a list of traffic stat plugins. Alongside, you have shown a graph strip, showing datewise visitir details as in wordpress.com blog CMS. Which of the listed plugins, give such an output? I am asking this because you have not identified the name of the plugin with the strip. I like this type of display since early days of my blog and would like to install the same. Could you please let me know the plugin name?
    Best Regards.

  18. Julian Rodriguez
    Posted March 21, 2007 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I would also like to know which system are they using in WordPress.com to implement it in my own site…
    Thanks

  19. Posted May 31, 2007 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Great sharing of word press plugins.

  20. Posted June 12, 2007 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    It’s always nice reading these sorts of lists – there are just so many WP plugins available I often don;t look for one unless there’s a specific need, but the bsuite one sounds like something I should have been using a long time ago. :)

  21. Posted July 19, 2007 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    As always, another great list of plugins! Whenever I’m looking for a plugin to do a specific thing I almost always never have to do the research since you’ve already done it for me! This is a great list…I was looking for plugin for post views, and now I have two to check out. For those that don’t have a stat package I personally would like to recommend the bsuite plugin. I use it because it’s multi-purpose. I love the stats page in the admin dashboard, but I also use it to recommend items, highlight the most popular posts in the sidebar, and a bunch of other things. It’s truly a very multi-purpose plugin!

  22. Posted July 21, 2007 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    I am a wordpress.com user – is there anyway for me to stick a piece of html that shows what the users are now reading at my wordpress.com user… It seems I am very limited to what I can do…

    Please help..

  23. Posted July 21, 2007 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    HTML? Yes. It’s a little limited though, as you say. See WordPress.com Blog Bling: Signatures and Writing Code and Blog Bling: Fun Fonts.

  24. Posted July 28, 2007 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I find that as a stats illiterate the WordPress plug in is ideal for me. I’ve written about how I use the date to improve my blogs in How to Use WordPress Stats to Improve Your Blog.

  25. designpraxis
    Posted August 11, 2007 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    There is a new plugin for download on our page: Bot Tracker
    tracks all robots, crawlers and web spiders activity.

    http://wordpress.designpraxis.at/plugins/bot-tracker/

  26. Posted August 26, 2007 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks for this great list Lorelle ;)

  27. Posted October 10, 2007 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the review, I found FireStats easy to install and full of statistics, enough for my small blog.
    Daniele

  28. Posted October 17, 2007 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I could suggest you my new WordPress plugin: WassUp to track real time visitor statistics

  29. Posted April 25, 2008 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Anyone know of a WP blog stats counter that INCLUDES logged-in users. I use a private member blog for training and need to monitor what they are reviewing during the course …any help is appreciated. Thanks!

  30. Posted April 25, 2008 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    @ coach lisa:

    A counter counts. That doesn’t tell you anything but numbers. I recommend Woopra instead. If they are registered, logged in or out, or have commented on your blog, then you would see which pages they visited when and for how long and track what they are doing INDIVIDUALLY on your blog.

  31. Posted June 22, 2008 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, I need a simple plugin to display the Number Of POSTS. I have used the MsgCount plugin for the past year, the problem is that it counts Posts AND Pages, and gives a total number. I need just Posts, excluding the number of Pages.

    I read your post here. I tried the Post Count plugin. I couldn’t get it to work, but I read the code and it is vitually the same as MsgCount, so I doubt it’s result would be different. If you look at the call in the code, they both do the same thing, the advantage of Post Count plugin would be that it excludes Drafts because it checks for future-dates. That’s not my issue, my issue is excluding Pages from the number.

    Can anyone help me? Thanks a bunch.

    Dgold

  32. Posted June 23, 2008 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    @ Dgold:

    There is help in the WordPress Support Forums on adding the post and page count in a very simple way.

  33. Posted June 24, 2008 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Thank You Lorelle!! The method you pointed me to, on the WordPress Forum and posted just 1 month ago, solved something I have been messing with for a year.

    The title of the blog I’m working on is basically [PostCount] Songs….. so today the blog title is “210 Songs” thanks to this method.

    I knew if I asked you here, that you would have an idea for how to fix it. Thanks again. That’s so WIN.

    Dgold

  34. Posted July 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, is there any plugins that have function just like BDP but it must in light version. Because my hosting (servage) banned my BDP plugins, because of high activity in my database.

  35. Posted July 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    There are two BDP Plugins, one for comments and another is an aggregator, so I can only assume you are talking about the one for comments, though I’m not familiar with it, and don’t know how you use it, so I don’t know what else to recommend. Try searching for alternatives and posts by those who have used it and had problems and ask them what they recommend.

  36. Posted July 23, 2008 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Great Post. I just blogged about some of these plugins, but being new to WordPress, Php and MySql… I am a undecided on what plugins I should use.

    If any one has any suggestions or advise, please send me a comment.

  37. Posted December 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    The SiteMeter Plugin link leads to a 404 page.

    And by the way, thanks for writing so many helpful posts!

  38. Posted December 5, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the post. I’m searching for a plugin that shows the most viewed posts by month. Any ideas?

    • Posted December 5, 2008 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Have you tried any of the Plugins listed here or on the WordPress Plugin Directory? There might be one there.

  39. Posted December 5, 2008 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    @briefepisode: Thank you for the info. It appears that Sitemeter is no longer supporting their WordPress Plugin. I’ve removed it.

  40. Posted December 7, 2008 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I’ve got the WP-PostViews plugin running, but it only counts the total of post views. I need one that counts by mounth, so it displays only the month counting and not the total. Any ideas?

    • Posted December 7, 2008 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Have you checked the various statistics programs in the WordPress Plugin Directory?

  41. Posted December 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tried some, but no luck. I tried to modify the plugin I have, but no luck either.

    • Posted December 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      I’ll keep my eyes open, but I’m sure that there is such a Plugin. Just not sure what it is called.

  42. abuhanifah09
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    i fell so difficult to join in wordpress, may you suggest me, please

    • Posted January 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know what you are asking. You have a blog on WordPress.com. The Plugins mentioned in this article are not for WordPress.com, they are for the self-hosted, full version of WordPress. If you need help with WordPress.com, contact their forum or customer service.

  43. Posted January 27, 2009 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    What a great post about all the different ways to mine data out of your wordpress blogs. This will make a nice addition to Google Analytics.

  44. Posted February 18, 2009 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    check out wp-stats-dashboard.

    Displays the WordPress.com stats graph directly in your Dashboard. No more tiresomely opening the Blog Stats tab and manually logging in.

    Notable features:

    1. Display the WordPress.com stats graph in your dashboard.
    2. Choose the type of stats graph you want to display.
    3. Automatic Login.
    4. Stats Dashboard Widgets. (graph, overview, clicks, referrers, post views and search terms).

    • Posted February 18, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      LOL, but it does require opening the tiresome Dashboard panel in the WordPress Administration Panels. :D

  45. Chairul
    Posted June 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    what kind of plugins you use to make Site Search Tags: like sample available n your web. Thanks before

    • Posted June 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      Tags are created automatically, depending upon your WordPress Theme. There are Plugins that will do special things with Tags, but you have to be more specific.

      The “tags” I use here on my site are done manually, not with any Plugin or Theme, as we can’t use those things on WordPress.com sites.

  46. Veyton
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I use the Woopra tool, for me the best tool for tracking my wordpress blog.

  47. Posted July 31, 2009 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    Great list. But I am desperately looking for one plugin that can help in providing blog statistics(pageviews, et all) segregated by the authors for a multi-author WP blog. Any help in that?

    Thanks

  48. Posted August 6, 2009 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    Can you tell us how to find how many users of a specific country may be registered on blogs like wordpress?

  49. Posted September 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi… Is there a plugin that can tract the post views count by author?

    Thank you.

  50. Posted November 11, 2009 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    I use the Woopra tool, for me the best tool for tracking, that is my favourite..

  51. Posted December 25, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Please add StatPress!;)

  52. Andy
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    This article is almost 3 years old. Is this still a good list? Are there any new plugins that is better? I am looking for analytics plugin that would allow me to do click path tracking per IP.. Any thoughts? Thanks

  53. Posted April 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this one.. i try to find out reference to choose the greater counter for my blog..

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  55. pasang iklan
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing.. been looking out of reference to choose the greater stat counter for my blog..

  56. Posted February 24, 2011 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    It would be nice to update this post in a similar but up to date review. This post is now 4 years old, and it shows if you follow the links. Some plugins have not been updated in the past two years. Documentation is limited and while the documentation on the referenced plugin pages is in English, comments are in Russian, Italian and Korean. This makes these plugin pages hard to read. It would be very nice to have a review of statistic plugins that are up to date with the current state of WordPress and that are regularly updated themselves.

    • Posted February 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      If there is a specific link with an error, please let me know so I can fix it. These are here as examples of what is possible, not necessarily a reference for all that is.

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:40 am | Permalink

      It’s not about broken links, I think all the links I tried worked. It’s only that it is hard in general to find good WP plugins under active development. Since you have written such a wonderful review, it would be nice if you could folluw up with one that shows us the state of things today.

      After reading your review I have investigated some of the plugins and for my case, I found two of them to be potentially useful and under active development: Slim Stat and WordPress.com Stats. Slim Stat works out of the box with version 3.04 (Yes, I have to upgrade) while WordPress.com Stats cannot validate the API key on my local development box, so I will have to try that on the development environment online. Maybe they have a DEV api key for local development available, should look into that.

      I also should note that Camu, who maintains Slim Stat replies to comments very quickly (like you do) which is obviously good. On the ohter hand, if you look at the number of downloads: Slim Stat has got 46,000 downloads while WordPress.com has 2,391,309… that makes you think it must be really useful.

    • Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

      It’s not hard to find good WordPress Plugins under active development. They are in the WordPress Plugin Directory. The number of downloads has nothing to do with the value of a WordPress Plugin. Nor does comment responses. WordPress.com Stats is produced by Automattic and run by paid staff to keep it updated and viable. It is used on millions of WordPress.com blogs, and people often want to continue using it if they leave WordPress.com for a self-hosted version. It has gotten massive promotion and exposure, while Slim Stat has been around for a very long time, but few know about it.

      I often think about updating these or writing new series, but they take a lot of time. This was a month long series with one blog post a day for a month on WordPress Plugins…a massive undertaking. I still blog a lot about WordPress Plugins, and you can find some great ones on the WordCast Plugin Picks podcast. You also might want to check Mind Blowing WordPress Plugins. Thanks.

  57. Posted March 3, 2011 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    A link to a very strange page detected on this post. It was supposed to go to //Referral Tracker WordPress Plugin//

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      It isn’t a “strange” page as in dangerous. Just a domain landing page as the owner gave up the site. Sad. But thanks for being specific so I could fix it!

  58. Posted May 19, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Do you know of a plugin that COUNTS the number of times each user logs in and shows the last time the user logged in?

    I have not being able to find one.

    Thanks,
    Giovanni

  59. Anonymous
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Any suggestions for alternative counters for a wordpress.com blog?

    • Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      You cannot add JavaScript or unauthorized code to WordPress. I don’t know what more you want than the WordPress.com Stats which is a Plugin used by millions around the world to track their own stats on and off WordPress.com. Just so you know, visitor counters in general are out of fashion.

  60. prstrends
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Great post on WordPress stats. I think there are a lot of great visitor centric plugins for WP, though still not a lot that focus on blog specific stats. I like the blog comments section.

  61. Brook
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to
    .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on several websites for about a
    year and am worried about switching to another
    platform. I have heard good things about blogengine.
    net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Posted March 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      This is not the post to hold this discussion, but the answer is yes. There are importers for bringing BlogEngine content into WordPress. Check the WordPress Codex and WordPress Plugin Directory for specifics. Thanks.

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  64. Posted July 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Used WP SlimStat for a while. Absolutely useless. Gives you boatloads of information you don’t need (why on earth do I care what operating system someone is surfing on?), and when compared with Google Analytics wasn’t even accurate. Finally deleted it from all my sites.

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      There are many WordPress Plugins dealing with statistics. Unfortunately, like SlimStat, few are updated over time, yet the good ones do rise. WordPress.com Stats WordPress Plugin is nice if you are after the numbers.

  65. Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    E) You understand that the owners, users, and staff of this website can not be held responsible for
    any form of loss that may occur from using this website.

  66. Posted January 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Personally and professionally I believe you would be stepping backwards. Get a new developer. Seriously.


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