Saturday, September 29, 2007


On 29-9-2007 I have addded this poll besides this blog. This way I will get some information about how visitors think about the statistical programms.

Technorati Blog Info update 29-9-2007

A new list of the authority as generated by the Technorati website. Some more improvements. It is interesting to find out how this works.

New Blog

On a new blog: I am only placing numbers. I have added a statistical programm too. I want to see how it starts to attracht visitors. The number of postings will be an indication. I will make no special links to this posting, so a special test indeed.

Statistics Cartoon

Statcounter - Information

On the site they give lots of information about the meaning of special information they generate. An example with some keywords:

Returning Visitors - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later

First Time Visitors - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website.

Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visitors and first time visitors - all your visitors.

Page Load - The number of times your page has been visited.

What can the Summary Stats tell me?

There are two dimensions to the stats for a 'Standard StatCounter project'. There are the 'Summary Stats', and the 'Detailed Log Analysis'. The 'Summary Stats' provide a lifetime daily count of the totals of visitors to your website each day. And allows you to run reports since the day you started the project! After a few months of tracking, it is absolutely superb to look back and to see the daily, weekly and monthly trends of your visitors. Does your website have a weekday rush and a weekend slump? Did your traffic take a surge leading up to a holiday season? Is your website in general growing or stagnating? It is a wonderful tool to quickly assess the current success of your website.

How do the Summary Stats work?

The 'Summary Stats' determines whether a visitor has been to your website before by using a cookie. So if a user has cookies disabled we have no way of knowing if they are unique or not, and will by default be considered unique. However the majority of visitors have cookies enabled.

To make up for relying on cookies in the summary stats, the rest of the stats are based on your detailed log analysis of the last xxx number of pageloads. The uniqueness in this case is based on your visitors' IP addresses. This method works very well for the majority, but yet again there is an exception. AOL users, and visitors who use what is known as a 'dynamic web proxy' that changes each time they access a webpage. So if a single AOL user visits 7 webpages on your website it will likely come up as 7 different IP addresses!

Both cookies and IP addresses have their strengths and weaknesses for determining the uniqueness of a visitor. It is impossible to be 100% accurate the entire time, but with the Standard StatCounter Project you get the best of both worlds. Cookies for the 'Summary Stats' and IP addresses for the 'Detailed Log Analysis'!

The Advanced StatCounter Project combines the best of both worlds to use an almost fool-proof system (the only problem is AOL visitors who have cookies disabled! Not many!) but it is very server intensive, and won't be possible to provide as a free service until the cost of hardware and dedicated servers come down in price.

Statcounter - Results per day on 29-9-2007

StatCounter gives a clear overview of the hits over the week. The programm only runs a few weeks now but he results are visible nicely....

Number - Definition

A number is an abstract idea used in counting and measuring. A symbol which represents a number is called a numeral, but in common usage the word number is used for both the idea and the symbol. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels (telephone numbers), for ordering (serial numbers), and for codes (ISBNs). In mathematics, the definition of number has been extended over the years to include such numbers as zero, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and complex numbers.

Certain procedures which input one or more numbers and output a number are called numerical operations. Unary operations input a single number and output a single number. For example, the successor operation adds one to an integer: the successor of 4 is 5. More common are binary operations which input two numbers and output a single number. Examples of binary operations include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and exponentiation. The study of numerical operations is called arithmetic.

The branch of mathematics that studies abstract number systems such as groups, rings and fields is called abstract algebra.


Counter on 29-9-2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

eXTReMe Tracker - All Keywords

One of the reasons I like eXTReMe Tracker so much is because they have a cummulative report on the keywords that visitors use in seach-engines to reach your site. When the programm runs for a longer time it gets obvious what visitors are looking for. This is only the beginning of this list. It will grow steadily and in a few years this will get very interesting. It teaches me what the public looked for and decided to click on. If I would like to know which search-engines brought visitors to this blog, that is visible as well.

Stats of Michael Lumb Site

This is a very interesting sample of how statistics from Motigo can give you a view of ahwt happens to a site. This is a site I made to publish the Thesis by Michael Lumb in UK to promote his work on Mail-Art. (see: I updated the site only a few times and also installed the Motigo Counter. Here you can see how the interest for this thesis built up and reached its peak in 2003. Now slowly the interest fades. The interesting aspect is here to see the total amount of visitors over a period of 10 years. Most counters don't provide such a long service. Motigo originally was called NedStats, but they always kept the data they collected of the sites that were added. Bravo! Food for statistical people....

World Map on Sitemeter

The worldmap that Sitemeter gives is quite impressive. One can even select a part of the world and the hits are shown. The point on the map vary depending on the number of hits from that place. You can see in one look where the concentration of your visitors comes from. For this blog that is still a quite empty map. but in future days this might become an interesting feature.

Sitemeter - First Results

Sitemeter has a first entracnce page which is only visible for the owner of the site. It gives the basic details first. In the menu you can select all the details you want. Samples will follow.

Free Hit Counters

The Free Hit Counters are tempting, but Easy Hits Counters only has a limited set of details they show. Most web-owners just ad such a counter to their site to keep track of the amount of visitors without all the fancy details.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Countries according to eXTReMe Tracker

The statistics of eXTReMe Tracker today of the countries that have visited this site. As you can see they even include that flags. A small gadget. eXTReME Tracker record historically, so I will use their data to give an idea of how the visitors-information will change over a longer periode. Off course in the beginning a lot of hits by myself because of the testing. But you see that is now only 50% of the hits. The blog is being found, also through search-engines. And that bings hits as well.

Counter on 27-9-2007

What is Site Meter tracking exactly?

Site Meter tracks page views and visits. You may also have heard the term "hits". When someone comes to your site, they generate a "hit" for every piece of content that is sent to their computer. Viewing a single web site page would generate one hit for the page and one hit for every individual graphics file that was on the page. A single page could easily generate a dozen or more hits. When you are browsing a site, every time you follow a link, it is treated as a single "page view". Site Meter defines a "visit" as a series of page views by one person with no more than 30 minutes in between page views.



When you have stumbeled onto this site, a small request: hit the reload button a few time (as many times as you like). It is a good test for the counters that are active on this blog. I will document the results of such experiments with future postings.


A new counter is added to the list. It is located at . Yes, a lot of free counters are available online. They all have their specifics and most of them can be upgraded if you want to use the data for business (you then mostly don't want the advertising and also a possibilty to historify the data - more capacity)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Statcounter: Returning Visitors

Statcounter gives you very interesting graphics of returning visitors. They just notice the IP numbers of your visitors and then keepo track if someone comes back. With this free account they only register 500 items. If this is interesting you might consider a paid account that brings you a wealth of information.

Keywords Statcounter

The Statistical programms of Statcounter also report you which keywords bring visitors to your site. Always interesting to know how they come.....

Hits according to StatCounter

Hits according to StatCounter on 26-9-2007. They have a different graphical program. You can even change the presentation in several ways as you like. Looks good when you have to present your hits to an audience and/or management.

Hits according to Motigo

Motigo has registered these hot on this site. It seperates the returning hits and the individual visitors. As you can see the hits have dropped because there are only few changes to the site now.

Counter on 26-9-2007

Monday, September 24, 2007


Statistics is a mathematical science pertaining to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of data. It is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, from the physical and social sciences to the humanities. Statistics are also used for making informed decisions.

Statistical methods can be used to summarize or describe a collection of data; this is called descriptive statistics. In addition, patterns in the data may be modeled in a way that accounts for randomness and uncertainty in the observations, and then used to draw inferences about the process or population being studied; this is called inferential statistics. Both descriptive and inferential statistics comprise applied statistics. There is also a discipline called mathematical statistics, which is concerned with the theoretical basis of the subject.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Counter on 23-9-2007


The current status on Technorati. Always a surprise how things change..... Seems like some blogs I have increased in Authority. Not always sure why, but the internetworking seems to cause this.

Extreme Tracking

eXTReMe Tracker