Try StatCounter.

Before the Ask Drew (& Maria) Brophy call, Laura Zarrin asked how to figure out who to contact at a manufacturer if you knew they looked at your website.  HUH?  This question perked up my ears – I wanted to know how she knew a manufacturer visited her website in the first place!  She told me she uses a free service – StatCounter.com – that will work on blogs or traditional websites.

I asked Laura if she would “share the information with the group” and here is what she had to say about it, “You can have it generate code to place on your website, blog, etc. It keeps track of all the visitors to your site. It has much more info than Analytics, and it’s live. You can see right away how many hits to your website whenever you want. The bigger companies names show up. I’ve had instances where I see a company looking at my site, then gotten a job from them the next day. When I placed an ad on a blog, I could track how many hits I got from that site by viewing Visitor Paths. It’s super easy to use.”

Their website description says this:

What is STATCOUNTER?

A free yet reliable invisible web tracker, highly configurable hit counter and real-time detailed web stats. Insert a simple piece of our code on your web page or blog and you will be able to analyse and monitor all the visitors to your website in real-time!

I also discovered that I have this information available to me in all my WordPress sites through the SlimStat plugin – I just never realized it!

So… if you want more information about who is visiting your site and when, first look to see if the data is there and you just didn’t realize it.  If you can’t find it, you might like StatCounter too!

Thanks Laura for sharing!

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  If you have cool tips or resources you think other artists interested in licensing would like to know about, email me.

P.P.S.  A little “link love” for Laura – learn more about her and her art at www.ZarrinDesign.com or follow her on twitter at www.Twitter.com/LauraZarrin