One of the perks of having a web site is seeing the kind of traffic you get: how often people are checking the site, what pages they're going to, etc. But until now, the only way I gaged that was by my popularity on Google, my ranking on Alexa.com and the number of comments I get on my posts. That simply wasn't enough.
For years there have been free stat services on the internet that you can plug your site into. I've never really been fond of any of them, they all seemed very clunky.
I've since changed my mind. Yesterday I started to use a free service from StatCounter.com. It's simple. All you do is copy and paste a little snippet of code into your pages and BLAM, instant tracking results.
It's easy, it's fun, and it's now another web site I can waste my day at watching who's been on my site. Big Brother is watching.