It is very important to analyze your website statistics if you run a site. There are many services provide statistics, such as Google Analytics, Bing Webmaster tools, StatCounter and so on. In earlier posts, we have showed you how to add Google Analytics to WordPress sites. If you are a beginner, you may find the stats data from Google Analytics is overwhelming. Today, we will introduce you a better web stats service for WordPress sites or blogs.
Jetpack plugin for WordPress
Jetpack is the one plugin I cannot run a WordPress site without.This plugin is developed, supported & backed by the makers of WordPress.com. It provides us a wide range of useful tools that make it much easier to manage self-hosted WordPress sites, like the related posts, share buttons, publicize, comments and subscription system, site stats, site monitor, Photon image acceleration, etc. If you are a beginner, you may like the Site Stats for its clear interface, easy to understand metrics.
Enable Jetpack Site Stats for WordPress
Log on your WordPress dashboard as site administrator, go to Plugins >> Add New, search and install Jetpack plugin. It is free to download and use. Once you have activated Jetpack plugin, it will show up at the top left section in your WP dashboard. You will need to sign up a WordPress.com free account in order to use the Jetpack plugin and all of its useful tools.
Two ways to enable Site Stats for WordPress
- Go to WordPress dashboard >> Jetpack >> Jetpack to activate Site Stats. See below figure.
- You can also go to WordPress dashboard >> Jetpack >> Settings to turn on Site Stats.
View Jetpack Site Stats for WordPress
Once you have activated the Site Stats for WordPress blog or website, allow sometime for the stats plugin to collect data. Check back several hours later, you will see the stats data from WordPress dashboard >> Jetpack >> Site Stats. You can find out the daily visitors, weekly visitors, monthly visitors; you can see information about Referrers (incoming links), Top Posts & Pages, Search Engine Terms(keywords), Subscriptions, and Clicks (outgoing links). You can also view the stats of a WordPress post in days, weeks, months. You can also visit WordPress stats page online for even more information about your site.
Web Stats Alternatives
If you run a self-hosted WordPress site or blog, you can also make use of the AWstats. It does not require you to install any plugins or add any tracking code, your web hosting service provider may have it built in the hosting control panel, you do not even need to enable or activate it. You can find more information from this AWstats web hosting guide.