Best Website Pageview Counter

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  1. etangins

    etangins Member

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    I would like to have a pageview counter on all pages of my website that displays the total number of pageviews on the site. I have seen several free counters, the problem is that they seem to only track pageviews on one page of the site. I would like one that can display the total pageviews on my entire site on each page. In addition, I heard that many of the free counters have links that can harm your SEO.

    Could I program my own or is there somewhere I can get one that works on all pages without harming SEO? I see google analytics seems to be able to track total pageviews, so if only I could display the Google Analytics on my site.

    Thanks
     
  2. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    why on earth would you want one of those?
     
  3. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    None at all

    And "SEO" is absolutely nothing to do with whether you have a 'page counter' or not


    They count the visits to the individual URL you have the script code on.
     
  4. etangins

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    I was hoping to give viewers a chance to see how popular the website is. I know Google Blogger has one for pageviews which does exactly what I want, but I don't know how to use it on my own page.
    I read this article http://www.linchpinseo.com/hit-counters.
     
  5. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Man, there is more garbage 'published' that is supposedly about "SEO" and that article is just another instance of so-called "experts" spouting pseudo scientic drivel dressed up as fact.

    Search engine teams are already aware of such counters, 'widgets' and 'useful tools' and simply ignore them, they know that site owners/operators are not deliberately hiding links.

    Oh please, you don't really think that visitors are going to keep coming back just to watch the numbers change.
     
  6. etangins

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    No, but I would put it discreetly in a corner. There is obviously a huge difference between a site that gets a couple hundred pageviews, and one with hundreds of thousands. Plus, if I offer advertising, it makes it easier for any potential clients to see how my website is doing without having to go through the trouble of emailing me and asking for analytics.

    Is there a way to display a counter with the total number of pageviews on my website on each page or not?
     
  7. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Of course there is.


    How of course depends totally what your host server supports.
     
  8. etangins

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    I use 50webs.com free version as my host. I did find www.seethestats.com which displays google analytics. That might work. What others do you know that would work then within my host capabilities.
     
  9. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Dunno, what does a 50webs account give you in database and server side scripting?
     
  10. etangins

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  11. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Ok, so absolutely nothing at all that you can use to create a counter that is completely self contained.

    I'll ask you a question, because this always puzzles me, why is it that people who have websites that they are serious about, (I assume) are not willing to spend the niggardley sum of $3 (<£2.50) a month to have server scripting and database capabilities?
    Hell, I'll even undercut 50Webs by 50 cents a month and sell space on my VPS (I take PayPal ;) )
     
  12. etangins

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    When I first started web design, I had no experience so I wanted to spend the most minimal amout of money. Over those two years, I've grown tremendously, but am still only really knowledgeable in HTML and CSS, and am starting JavaScript. Until I learn other langauges which need more functionality, 50webs has met my needs. I would like to upgrade, just not until I feel I can make full use of the additional functionality which would be when I learn additional, and more advanced langauges, hopefully in the near future.

    Nonetheless, can I do what I am asking with the current hosting? Seethestats.com seems to do somewhat of what I want, but I was hoping for something a bit cleaner looking. If that answer is no, what functionalities do I need to get? Keep in mind, I want this to be very simple, just a pageview counter that looks a lot like the hit counters but counts total pageviews on the entire website and can be put on every page.
     
  13. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Nothing other than the likes of StatCounter, W3Counter or Free Counter Code plus dozens that come with lots of restrictions, sponsored links, (some of which you really would not want your visitors clicking on. Because the 'sleazier' the market place, the more they are willing to pay)

    To create your own, server side scripting is needed at a minimun (Perl, PHP, ASP.NET, Python etc.) where the data can be written to a flat file, next step up would be database access (MSSql, Postgre, MySQL, Oracle etc.) though Oracle Servers are more expensive.

    The majority of 'free' page counters do just what the name implies, count individual page views, I can't say I've ever heard of one that inflates 'page views' to 'site views' and displays that on every URL.

    Take it from me, whilever they are not available, you won't have the 'need' to start using them, but once you do have them available you will start to learn them simply necause the "I'm paying for this, .... I'd better start doing something with it." instinct will kick in.
     
  14. etangins

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    Would www.seethestats.com just be my best bet then, because it doesn't look like any of those sites counts total pageviews on the website?
     
  15. chrishirst

    chrishirst Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Have never used it and not likely to, I can't really qualify it as being 'best' but if it suits your needs and their promotional rhetoric appears to suggest it does, try it and see.
     
  16. customwebdesign

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    in case by "counter" you meant tracking script.

    try out piwik its free and robust
     

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