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Free Visitor Tracking Tools

When you first begin to blog you may wonder where your visitors are coming from. There are several ways of finding that out and a good place to start is on your stats  page Views by Country. There are also other free third party tools you can use.

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Alexa provides Audience Demographics and Audience Geography on their site. ( Click the map below to locate it. ) Alexa does not provide on site widgets but I do find what they provide to be useful, so I wanted to bring the site to your attention, as Quantcast analytics are no longer running on hosted blogs.

alexa Visitors by Country
There are many free maps and counters for visitor tracking online. This is not an exhaustive listing of free visitor tracking tools for blogs and websites. It’s not a comprehensive review of the features of each of the tools selected. For that you will have to click into the individual sites and dig deeper.

I’m briefly highlighting some of the free visitor tracking I have used in text widgets on hosted blogs to gain some knowledge about where my visitors come from.

Be aware that no blogger posted JavaScript code can be used on blogs for security reasons. Select only the HTML code and your choice will display.

 Flag Counter

flagcounter You can install a Flag Counter that depicts flags for visitors from all these countries in a text widget in your sidebar.  First go to the Flag Counter site to customize your counter and get the code. Then go to > Appearance > Widgets and open a text widget then copy and paste the code into it. Click “save” and “close” in the widget and that’s it.

Locations of visitors to this pageClustrMaps

Go to the ClustrMaps site (Choose your color scheme, widget width, and the maximum number of entries to be displayed.) Copy the code into a text widget.

ipligence vistors map


Visitor maps for your website – Know where your website visitors come from, visitor maps are free and easy to place in your webpage. Select either small, medium or large and generate the code to copy and paste into a text widget.


Locations of Site VisitorsMapLoco allows you to add maps to your website showing the cities your site visitors are coming from. Select a map style and customize it. Then generate the code and copy and paste into a text widget. The default map now shows all visitors. To only show the past 24 hours, replace vmap in your code with vm24.

Revolver Maps

Revolvermaps are a collection of real-time visitor statistics widgets for your website or blog. We cannot use the JavaScript for the rotating globe. We can use only the HTML-Map or the HTML-Button  Get the code and copy and paste into a text widget.



PHPWeby  has a free visitor map for your website or blog, hi5 profile, track visitors’ locations, with Street View Panorama. It’s a tiny icon but click it an discover the maps aren’t. (This tool is NOT available to European Union citizens.)



Feedjit HTML code for blogs and other users works well.

Your Live Traffic Feed keeps the 100 most recent visitors. Drag it up with your mouse to see older visits.

If the feed is in the top 30% of your page you can watch it all day and it will continue to show new hits. If it’s below the top 30% of your web page, it will stop updating after 3 minutes until you refresh the page.

Writing for a global audience is exciting. Blogging breaks down the barriers of time and place. When you see how many different countries are represented in your stats, and/or in your widget of choice then you’ll be thinking that it’s a small world after all.

64 thoughts on “Free Visitor Tracking Tools

  1. Good day TT, I’m on your blog for my daily fix. Quick question about Flagcounter and stats. Is it possible for flag counter to use the stats to initiate the flagcounter numbers or does flagounter only start collecting once installed. Logic tells me that it is only after installation, but it would be neat if Flagcounter could pick up the starter numbers from wordpress. Of course another option is to allow users to seed their own numbers, but that’s too scary…

  2. When I am on a blog who uses feedjit, I see that I am a Belgian visitor from Hombeek. That is only 2 km away from me! So close! I love feedjit a lot & the stats per country on wordpress. Thanks for the other options!

    • Hi Jean,
      Your right. Some people feel revealing the router location of the ISPs serving them is invasive. They probably live in the same location ie.a city that is displayed the widget. I don’t live in a city. In my case none of the locations I’m served from are located where I actually live.

  3. I ran across clustrmaps a while back – they have had some issues recently and the counter wasn’t/isn’t accurate all the time, but those dots and seeing who’s showed up from where is pretty fun. Plan to check out the other ones you’ve listed. Thanks

    • No, no, no. you do not have to pay at all. That is optional. They do have a paid service for additional detailed metrics but it probably requires a tracking code we cannot insert.

      Go to the site and type in your URL to get the basic info available for susielindau.comTake a look at the Top Keywords from Search Engines Which search keywords send traffic to this site? entry and not only the traffic and countries data.

      Note: Historical data is not available for sites ranked under 100,000 and it time your blog will move up in the rankings.

    • Hi Jayme,
      I’m glad you agree. I’m thinking I could make better use of the data and I’m mulling over how to do that now. Happy blogging!

  4. Good post for free visitor tracking tools which i apply in my post consistently write this type valuable post…

    • The tools aren’t specifically for use on a page or post. They can be used that way. They are meant to provide site wide information so it’s best to install them on the front page of the blog.

        • No. ISPs place hundreds of us in the same IP block to save money and they have been doing that for more than a decade now. That means that only about30% of the IPs trace back to an individual computer. In addition many people have dynamic (ending changing Ips).

    • I didn’t know I had followers in Egypt either and I’m so pleased that my blog is helping people so far away from me. I don’t speak Arabic but I do have a translation page for those who do blog in it. I can see in my stats that the blog has been viewed using it too.

      If I didn’t check my stats or have the Flag Counter I wouldn’t know that I had followers in Egypt at all and that their numbers were close to the numbers for my followers in Indonesia – wow!

    • Me too and the trouble with the live stats like Feedjit is that I become mesmerized. I have to remind myself to peek and then move on.I’m enjoying reading about Belgium in your blog. Have you found Sophie’s Food Files blog yet? She has lived in Brussels, Belgium for 10 years and loves to cook.

      • I haven’t seen Sophie’s blog. It sounds great. I’ll have a look now. We really enjoyed our week in Brussels. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and there is so much to see. Staying right in the centre of the city was a bonus too.

        • I’m so glad you visited Sophie’s blog and liked it. These tools allow us to connect followers who haven’t visited each others blogs because they haven’t been introduced and don’t know they have geographical connections and common interests.

  5. Thanks TT for this. Stats fascinate me, probably for all the wrong reasons involving ego. Using Alexa, I find country ranking is very interesting when comparing one’s humble little effort against websites that you think are major in your locale or niche, sometimes they are not so major according to Alexa. I have used it since day one and have been interested in the number changes as I load more content – to repeat your oft repeated mantra ” Content Rules”…

    • I’m so disappointed to find I typed a lengthy reply to your comment and accidentally deleted it.I will reconstruct it at after work this evening.

    • It’s not strictly curiosity in my case. Knowing where people are blogging from keeps my mind tuned in when I read anything about the internet and a country that I have followers from.

      In your case I loved the photo tour and dialog in your weekend post on returning to where you grew up. Random moment of delight #20 ~ Will you come home with me for a while? The architecture of Bridge Cottage is unlike anything here at all in Canada. The straw roofs are amazing and so far you are the only person I have met online who grew up where you did.

      • Thatched roofs are a unique and a dying breed of thatchers the trade usually passed down through families it is v v expensive to re do and lasts about 20/30 years depending on situation and weather etc. Where I grew up the whole village was thatched so to me was normal! I love to look at it but the expense would scare me now.

  6. Thanks for all the different options. I use Flag counter and am very happy with it; only been using it for a few months now but have had no faults, and it’s super easy to change the appearance if you change your mind.

    • Hello from Dubai,
      I see that you have 64 collected flags in your Flag Counter and that’s impressive. I went online to find the flag. I’m disappointed that it’s not displaying here in my Flag Counter and I think that could be because you are commenting from the Reader, rather than clicking into my blog to comment and creating a page view stat. I put the Fag Counter with the Large Flags, Show Flag Labels and Show Pageview Count in my sidebar yesterday. I do hope to see your location represented there in the future and in my page view stats. ;)

      • Hi timethief,
        That’s very strange that my flag doesn’t show up because I always click into the blogs I read; I don’t comment or like from the reader – something that you actually taught me from one of your posts ;)

        I hope my flag does show up soon because I read a lot of your posts!

        And thanks very much for the follow – I have to admit that I’m a little honoured that you’re following me :)

    • I’m thinking that I ought to tune into what’s in the internet news about the countries my followers come from. I’m also thinking I’d like to find out more about those countries too. For example roughseasinthemed is a Brit writes about Gibraltar, the history and culture and her life there. theeternaltraveller is shari9ng her terrific photos in here blog. I just learned this: “Belgium might be most famous for its lace, chocolate and beer, but did you know that it is also known as the home of the comic strip?” Have you visited Kathy’s blog? She blogs from Ecudaor.

      • It’s interesting too how sarcastic or tongue in cheek humour isn’t always understood in some cultures, and sometimes I see phrases I’ve had to ask clarification on! It’s one of the things I love about about blogging. It broadens my horizons!

  7. i see most visitors are from US on my blog, but how it can be useful to me. i mean what change i should do with my blogging.

    • I’m not sure how it will affect your blogging to know most visitors currently are from the US. I’m thinking that well wisher issues and particularly water related issues are universal.I note that you say “Your Well Wisher Program is not just a blogging site and it is much more on social innovation.” The program can significantly solve water crisis problem worldwide. Knowing where your readers are coming from means the good news is spreading as more and more become educated about disease prevention and collaborating to come up with solutions for other common problems.

  8. Alexa didn’t like me. Once having told me my site is something the 949,726 in the world, it decided that was enough input. Apparently only Canadians follow me. !!!! Dunno why it didn’t like me – after all, everyone agrees I am totally loveable, do they not ? [grin]

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