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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com hosted blogs.
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 WordPress.com hosted blogs to gain some knowledge about where my visitors come from.
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.
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.
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.
MapLoco 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.
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.)
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 WordPress.com stats, and/or in your widget of choice then you’ll be thinking that it’s a small world after all.