Automattic's free WordPress.org stats

There are tons of stats packages out there, but if all you’re looking for is a quick peek at your most popular blog posts, referrers, outbound clicks or search engine terms, they’re sometimes a bit heavy.

WordPress.com has some great basic snapshot stats, which were missing from the self-hosted WordPress.org install. Finally , Automattic has made them available for WordPress.org users as well.

I’ve used Google Analytics, AWStats, CrazyEgg and Webalizer, each for a different blog-related purpose, but this integrated Dashboard stats package is bound to very quickly become the one I rely on most for quick stats.

I’m considering using Mint in the near future for another project, but if anyone has suggestions, recommendations or warnings against any stats package, do let me know!

Which type of stats do you find most accurate: log analysis tools like AWStats or Javascript-based scripts like Google Analytics? Or both to complement/complete each other??

4 responses to “Automattic's free WordPress.org stats

  1. You might want to have a look at Clicky, which I reviewed recently.

    You can also tie in Clicky with your FeedBurner account, too…

  2. Thanks Wayne, I’ll definitely have a look at Clicky as well.

    I know this might sound a bit dense but what do you view as the main advantages of using FeedBurner? I’ve yet to use it, and never did much analysis of my RSS feeds.

    I guess it’s best to setup FeedBurner in the very early days of a blog to ensure everyone’s using the correct feed URL?

  3. “… what do you view as the main advantages of using FeedBurner?”

    FeedBurner is all about promoting your content in as many different ways as possible.

    It’s about getting your content out there, in the wild.

    There’s also stats’ tracking, for both your feeds and your regular web visitors, although the numbers tend to drift a little.

    “I guess it’s best to setup FeedBurner in the very early days of a blog to ensure everyone’s using the correct feed URL?”

    Better late than never!

    The good thing is, if people are already subscribed, you’ll ‘migrate’ them across to FeedBurner, since you’ll be using your regular feed address as the basis for your feed stats’ in FeedBurner.

    Just get a free account, have a play around and let me know how you get on.

    If you get stuck, you know where to find me.

    BTW: I’ve added another link into this comment (just click my name again,) which gives you some info on partial and full-fat feeds.

    Hope that helps?

  4. You can use Analytics to track outgoing links as well as traffic stats – it can also track stuff like JavaScript events as well.

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