January 5, 2009
If you’d like to check out who’s reading your blog, and how they tracked you down, the incoming links and stats features of your dashboard make it easy. This 60 second tutorial walks you through the process.
Michael Pick 114
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So, if you host WordPress on your own server, you DON’T get this unless you use a plugin, right?
I’m afraid so, but the plugin *is* seamless and speedy – more about it in Matt’s launch post for the plugin or you can grab it directly from the plugins directory, or of course the built in Plugins browser in your WordPress 2.7 installation (it’ll even install it for you, automatically).
So how do I get this onto my dashboard? I don’t seem to have it automatically on mine.
Hi dheiser – if you’re running a self-installed version of WordPress (rather than a hosted WordPress.com account), you can achieve the same thing by installing the Stats Plugin – you’ll be able to find it in both the plugins directory (see previous link) or through the plugin browser built into your blog.
thanks! Now I’ve got it working. I appreciate the help.
Great! Welcome to the world of obsessive stat watching :)
Hi – I’m so new at blogging it isn’t funny – so bear with me for asking a stupid question. But I seem to have the most difficult time installing pluggins including this one. It keeps coming up an error.
Hi Karen – sorry to hear that. It *should* allow you to install it automatically right from the plugin browser of your WordPress admin. If you continue to have problems, you might want to have a browse of the plugins section of the WordPress.org support forum, or start a new thread there. There are some really helpful folks over there who will try to pin down the source of your problem and help you to fix it.
Nice template. Where can i download it?
The look you see is WordPress 2.7 standard, no templates required. For this functionality, you can download the Stats plugin for self-hosted blogs by running a search from your plugin browser for “stats”, or directly from the plugin directory
i wonder what software that you use to create a screen capture for this tutorial? Tks
Checkout wp-stats-dashboard for a great stats overview :
My wordpress is hosted by purenrg. To install the plug in, it says I would need an API key. Not sure what that is…
Please check the plugin control panel for more information; the API Key is always attached to a WordPress.com account. Please see http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/installation/ for more information.
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