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What can I use to see who is reading my articles on wordpress?
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    Google Analytics, StatCounter, something like that?
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    you can't detect who is reading your article but you can monitor how many of them visited your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by curationsoft View Post

      you can't detect who is reading your article
      Sorry, but this really isn't right at all!
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt@viewswin
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Sorry, but this really isn't right at all!
        Um, care to expand on this? You can detect who?

        Cheers
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          By using Google Analytics or equivalent software (some of which is derived, under licence, from Google Analytics) you can see where visitors have been, where they've clicked, and which pages they've looked at. It's clearly possible to see which articles they've looked at, if you arrange your site in order to be able to do so.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
            Originally Posted by Kurt@viewswin View Post

            Um, care to expand on this? You can detect who?

            Cheers
            When someone comments, you can grab an ip address and get pretty close to finding who is looking.

            Things like sitemeter tell me what computer you are using, what your operating system is, etc.

            You can detect a LOT of things.

            Just like they can on this forum.

            How do you think they determine when people create multiple accounts?
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  • Profile picture of the author Moxil
    try Clicktale
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    • Profile picture of the author PCH
      With Google Analytics you can set it up to see exactly where on a page visitors have clicked.

      I suppose you can assume that if someone clicked on a link, that they read whatever was being pointed to by the link.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    I use statcounter on all my sites. You can see which countries visitors come from, which key words they used to find you, which sites referred them, which pages they land on.

    If you have cpanel with your hosting you will also find awstats in cpanel, which gives you similar information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    a magnifying satellite powered super telescope
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  • Profile picture of the author adwike
    google analytics is good for you
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakynan
    You may need to spell your question out a bit clearer...

    Are you wanting to know these peoples names, addresses, date of births???

    Google Analytics gives you more than enough information to help you keep tabs on what content people like, where your traffic is coming from, what part of the world they are in and what keywords they are coming into your site using..

    Lisa x
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    Google Analytics is your best bet, you're going to see how many visitors a day you get, which countries they are from, which browsers they use, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt@viewswin
    Ok, however all you can really get is the major city they are in, not suburb or street address or anything. And as you say IP address. But you can't see "who" is browsing. With google analytics there is no way to see more than major city is there?
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick
      Originally Posted by Kurt@viewswin View Post

      Ok, however all you can really get is the major city they are in, not suburb or street address or anything. And as you say IP address. But you can't see "who" is browsing. With google analytics there is no way to see more than major city is there?

      heh the question was so random and so vague....

      "who" you can never know exactly "WHO" it is...

      You can only know IP, or maybe city, country, but "WHO"...prolly this can help but it would be very costly and would need NASA help...

      a magnifying satellite powered super telescope
      And by the way, it isn't a WordPress question also
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by Kurt@viewswin View Post

      Ok, however all you can really get is the major city they are in, not suburb or street address or anything.
      Even that may not be as reliable as we are all lead to believe. My ip address changes if I reboot my router. Usually it puts me in Sheffield (in Yorkshire). I live about 100 miles away in the Midlands. Last year, after a reboot, it put me in Madrid in Spain! Caused a problem with a regular payment 'til I worked out what had happened.
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Fridrihs
    Google Analytic and Statscounter give you a good picture who is visiting your site
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  • Profile picture of the author laracoates28
    Google Analytics do the job for me. you can think about statcounter too.
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  • Profile picture of the author gm777
    Some browsers can give you very precise location of your visitors:
    Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
    But you can't identify their personalities.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheWillisTeam
    I like using Google Analytics
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  • Profile picture of the author abdoue
    there is
    ClickTale, The leader in Heatmaps, Usability & Web Analytics

    they record the mouse movement of your visitors mouse
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    • Profile picture of the author ajwilliams
      Hi there,

      obviously Google Analytics seems to be the favorite for spying. If you have cpanel as someone mentioned, you can see how many people read which article you posted on your blog, how they got there and a good deal more.

      As far as personality, the title of the post will tell you who they are, what they are interested in. Check your stats on how long people are spending on your site to determine if your content is popular. The higher the percentage of those staying on your site for a long period, the more valuable your content is.

      You can even determine how many views have been made of each post or article. The posts that get the most views are the most popular and/or are ranked the best. These are the titles or categories that you want to create more posts about. This will tell you the keywords that are working best for you as well.

      There is a lot of information you can glean just from your cpanel. And, you can use all the other software too if you want.

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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    I use statcounter and when you click on visitor path it will show you the search engine and keyword phrase or whether it was from an email etc. It is very useful and if you use adsense you can see what the phrases and pages are that they were using right before they went to adsense.

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author andreasdl
    Advanced analytics require a bit more of javascript knowledge, but if you want to deep control your funnel you can be sure that they are worth the trouble.

    Multi purpouse analytics:
    * Clicky
    * Woopra

    "People" analytics
    * kissmetrics
    * mixpanel

    some of them offer a free version.
    Beware that "people" analytics offer a much more richer experience when you know how to set up.

    Usually when you use the latter you don't care about SEO but you care about "What the user is doing".
    They are very useful when you need to define what actions lead to conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Google Analytics.. Don't waste time trying to find something else.

    Cheers,

    Gary
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