Website Admin Services

Free Online SEO Training Course


  « Back  Next »  

Hit Counters, Stat Counters and Stat Trackers

Server-side statistic scripting tools

Website Sponsors for the SEO Course

Brief introduction to server-side statistic collation

Keeping track of statistics is very old hat for Webmasters. And Page Hit Counters were among the first of wide-spread popular uses in server side scripting applications. This is where the server runs a program which is activated by code embeded inside the the web page. In this case, it was a page hit counter. When a browser requested the page, the embedded instruction would cause the server to run a simple math instruction before completing the page transfer.


Using Stat Counter as a Stat Tracker
Viewing Results by Country (or select Region, City etc.)

SEO uses for StatCounter as a StatTracker


HTTP Cookie Tracking

It was the advent of the browser cookie or http cookie that made it easy to amass data of the visitor's journey through a website.

We have authored a seperate two part article regarding other current methods used for tracking visitor behavior that are in use today which can be much more intrusive than the common HTTP cookie. Most popular of these other types are the flash (adobe) and silverlight (microsoft) cookies. We don't use tracking cookies in our flash animations, but there are many governments, organizations and businesses that do. Many use more than one tracker.

Microsoft demands any user wishing to view graphical statisctics in Bing's Webmaster Tools, must have both javascript and silverlight tracking cookies installed and enabled on the user's computer. Google does not demand this and is the superior product.

Get PHP-MySQL training if you wish to fully master the individual component parts of HTTP cookie based tracking or to develop your own stat tracking database. Learning how to create and maintain a database with formulas to graphically display relevant information is a sought after skill with fringe benefits.

Armed with statistical knowledge, the webite owner has an advantage in knowing where to begin when seeking to further optimize their web site for search engines.

Your own statcounter for free statistical information

You don't need to be a fully trained administrator to have access to quality statistical information. You only need a small peice of javascript code activated each time a page loads to draw the statistical information. And some online websites provide a free database and the applicable copy/paste javascript code for you. So here is a simple solution which assists the not-so-technical-minded to collate and display this desired information.

The service we currently most recommend and use is provided by (US alexa rank under 100) and is a free tool which delivers much of the data that we need or would want.

The cookie information is also not permanently kept for your perusal so it is not too invasive on your visitors. The free version only keeps a history of the last 500 hits. If 500 is not quite enough history for you, then $5 per month buys you an increase to 5,500 hits .

But for many, 500 hits will be just fine plus it also doubles as a great good old fashioned WebSite Hit Counter. You can find our hits counter under the alexa widget on our home page.

  « Back  Next »  

Introduction | Alexa | StatCounter | GZIP | Clean HTML | Valid HTML | Valid CSS| META tags | Images | SiteMaps | Google Tools