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I have taken a part-time job, and it's definitely affecting my blogging time. I'll continue to post here as I am able.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Feedjit Live Stats Widget

I've been using the Feedjit widget for live stats on my other blogs for some time, and I like it a lot. It shows visitors where other visitors have come from. That is fun but the real advantage of Feedjit is that I can log in, off of my blog, and see where the most recent 50 visitors came from, and also if they left by clicking on a link on my blog. It tracks this traffic in real time.

I am adding one to this blog today. This is the image widget (you can also choose the javascript widget for some blog platforms). On the Feedjit "join" page click "Get the Javascript Widget" at the bottom of the column of choices.

There are four choices on this page, but the one I am using is at the far left, "Life Traffic Feed." Click the top line "First Customize It." This is pretty straightforward. If you click on a color square you will be given a palette where you can click on a color, or you can use a hexidecimal code (the pound sign followed by six numbers and or letters) to select the colors. The results will show in the sample widget. So it's easy to match your blog or web page. You can also select the width as long as it's between 160 and 260 pixels. This all relates to what your visitors will see.

Once you are happy with the look of the widget, just grab the code in the little box and paste it into your blog or web site. It will immediately start to track visitors in real time. (There are options for Blogger or Typepad if you don't know how to add the code to your blog)

You can then click the widget where it says "Watch in Real Time" (I like to right-click and open in a new tab) and open a whole page to see those most recent 50 visitors. Of course it starts from when you install it, so it will take a certain amount of time for the queue to fill. From this page you may choose to remove your own IP from the list so that your own location will not keep showing up in the list.

You can see, left to right, whether the line indicates someone coming or leaving, their country's flag, their browser, their operating system, and the logo of the site they came from (if it has an icon). In text their city and state will be shown, the name of the site, and the location on your site where they landed. This might be the general blog page or a permalink. On the right is the running time, and how long ago the visitor came or left. Leaving entries are only recorded if they actually clicked on a link on your site.

It continues to "listen" for traffic, so if someone else comes to your site you will see it appear at the top while all other entries scroll down one line.

web ad income today (4 blogs, 2 web sites):
Adsense $.00
Adgitize $.21
Project Wonderful $.06
Total: $.27
Total to date in March: $4.62