It is very useful to be able to view information about the number of visitors to your website, what pages they visit and where they come from. There are several methods of adding that function to your website.
Stat Counter (www.statcounter.com ) is a free website counter with a lot of flexibility. You setup your website as a PROJECT and answer a few questions – the name of the website and url, an email contact, and the type of site. Then you get an HTML code that you or your web person can add on every page of the website. If you want to have a visible code you can – but I prefer the logged in statistics area. Once this is setup you can login and see live statistics on visitor traffic on your website. You can select a date range, see what geographic area people come from, how many pages they look at, what is their path through the website and popular pages. You can set up an email report to go out to your email address. You can also block your own visits to the website. If you have multiple websites you can setup multiple projects so you can easily move from one to another.
In the next posting I will discuss Google Analytics.