Just a quick post. Pretty much my favourite plugin here has been Commentluv by Andy Bailey. Unfortunately, enabling IntenseDebate meant that Commentluv stopped working. However, our favourite programmer/purveyor of fine food has written a Commentluv plugin for IntenseDebate. Cool, eh?
So we get threaded comments, single sign and Commentluv all in one place. If you wish to take advantage, there is an extra field under the comment box for you to put in your site URL.
Soon, this blog shall be moving home. Mine host has decided to go for a better deal. And no matter what you all say, I trust him on this implicitly. There will be some preparatory changes, most of which you won’t notice. The one that you will notice is that I shall be disabling comments during the move. This is so that none of your wonderful comments are lost during the move. If the move happens close enough to my extended holiday/honeymoon they will be re-enabled sometime in week 3 of June (or maybe week 4). Otherwise, I’ll just tease you by re-enabling them and then disabling them. Depending on how the mood takes me.
If this all goes as well as I think it will, you won’t really notice the move. Otherwise, well, stock up on tinned food and ammo and batten down the hatches, it’s gonna be a cold cold winter.
This may seem to be a little nosy, but I have been looking at the various visitors and posters that come here and while I can probably guess in some cases, I am genuinely curious as to how my visitors come here.
Now, my reason for being here is obvious – it’s my site.Â Some people I know through other sites, but I also have regular visitors and commenters that I don’t know and can’t work out what brought them here.Â I’m happy that you are all here, of course, but how did you get here?
So, please post a comment to let me know your route.Â Did you search for Lesbians and find that this was not the site you were looking for?Â (and that is still the number one search term that brings people here.Â That and donkey sex.)Â Were you idly browsing and found this place?Â Did your computer crash and this was the only place your browser would open?
There is nothing riding on this, I am simply curious.
I have long been curious about how people find my site and what they do when they get here. There are a number of plugins you can install for WordPress, but there isn’t (as far as I know) one tool which shows everything. And now there is.
Woopra is an application which analyses your site traffic and can bring up a number of facts about who they are and what they do. Signing up is free – you sign up, submit your site(s) and await notification. At this time of writing, it can take around 7 days but I believe they are working on ways to speed this up. Once you have signed up, download the WordPress plugin, install the app (with a few extra steps for Ubuntu users!) and watch the graphs fill up.
Woopra is in beta at the moment, but I must say that it’s one of the most polished beta apps I have used. For example, on starting up you are presented with the dashboard (click for bigger):
Just on that one page, you can see how visitors find their way to your site (where they land and leave), which searches they do to get there, which referrers pass you the traffic and numbers of visitors by country. There’s also a little stock ticker at the bottom of the page which gives info on your numbers and tells you whether they are up, down or static.
The “Live” page gives live information on your visitors. For example:
Visitor number 304 lives in the US (in the Chicago area) and is a Mac user browsing with Safari. They are reading the Amarok Installation page and browsing at a resolution of 1600×1200 – useful to see if you are interested in making your site readable at various resolutions. I have hidden the IP address of this user.
I won’t bore you by showing screenshots of every page, but I hope you can see how detailed the information is and, by exporting to a .csv file you can analyse and manipulate the data to your heart’s content! You can view visitors by browser, by OS, a mix of the two and a variety of other mixtures. I have discovered that someone is using Windows 98 when they visit!!
This tool isn’t for everyone. If you have one or more sites that pull in revenue for you, this tool will be of great help. If, like me, you just like trying things out an are nosy it’s also a good tool 🙂
For one thing, the number one search for this site is “lesbians” – frustrated porn viewers ar emy greatest source of traffic.