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Statistics for Paid Accounts [Dec. 16th, 2009|03:01 pm]
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Statistics are here!

You can now see the number of people who have visited your journal, your individual entries, a chart of comments, readers of the RSS feed of your journal, and the last 100 logged-in users who have visited your journal directly (if you've enabled My Guests).

Things you should know:
-Stats are completely anonymous (only My Guests is tied to username); only numbers are recorded, not any other information
-The times and dates in the graph are based on server time, which is UTC/GMT
-The light grey number at the top left corner of the graph is the statistical outlier
-While the graph may go back in time to this summer, the stats-gathering server was not on constantly, so previous stats may be missing. Today, and going forward, full stats are collected and displayed.
-If you opt out of My Guests (meaning that your username will not show up on other people's reports and you will not be able to view your My Guests tab), it does not affect your use of the rest of the Stats - if you're a Paid or Permanent user, you'll still be able to see all the rest of the information on this feature

Here is a detailed walk through of the pages you'll see:

Where to find your Stats


Go to Journal -> My Stats
Horizon menu drop-down
(in Vertigo, it's right there in the sidebar)

Here's how to read each of the tabs, in order:

Journal


You'll see some numbers at the top - here is how they work:
pic of numbers at top

Page views — think of this as a hitcounter. It includes every time someone can see your journal or entries, including on their Friends page, someone else viewing the Friends page of one of your friends. A new "hit" is recorded every time your Journal or entries are looked at (so if someone visits their friends page multiple times during the day, for instance, a new "hit" is recorded for each time they do so). It also includes *your* pagehits to your entries or journal.

All visitors — for this statistic, multiple views by the same visitor are discounted. Since it's based on unique cookie, however, if someone visits from two different computers (such as from home and from work), it will still count them twice.

LJ users — this number is counted based on individual LiveJournal usernames.

The first graph you are presented with is "Total traffic" (which includes views on friends pages) - if you want to see only direct views to your journal and direct views on your entries, click over to the "Journal only" tab (which records users who view your journal, direct views of your entries, and users viewing your profile).
pic of journal-only tab

Comments


This records all comments left in your journal, *not* including your own.

Friends


This graph includes all friending activity. When users friend you, when you friend another user, or when you join or leave a community. To see the usernames and the activity performed, click on the number above the column.
pic of friending activity

My Guests

(available to all users, not just Paid/Perm)
This is a list of the last 100 logged-in users to directly visit your journal, one of your entries directly, or your profile. Users who have opted out of My Guests will be shown as "Invisible guest". My Guests won't show every visit from a particular user, only the most recent one. So if someone looked at your journal six hours ago and also one hour ago, only the visit one hour ago will be shown.
pic of My Guests tab

Entries


Your most recent entry will be shown by default, but you can switch to any of your last 10 entries or enter the URL of any previous entry by using the options below the most recent entry stats.

pic of entry stats

On entry's page and across LJ are pretty self-explanatory; direct entry-view is under on entry's page and across LJ is all views of your entry, including on Friends pages and on your direct journal-view.

Entry views — this tab includes all views of your entry, including direct views, on Friends pages, etc. Each time someone "hits" or views the entry is counted separately, so an additional "hit" would be recorded if someone clicked on an lj-cut, went to a comment thread and clicked "Link" or "Expand", or opened a comment reply box to comment. A new "hit" or "view" is also counted when the same person views their Friends page, your journal, or your entry again.

All visitors — this is the same as the "Journal" page; it contains the same information as the "Entry views" page, but limits the count by unique cookie.

LJ users - also the same as above; it limits it to unique LiveJournal users (by username).

RSS Readers


This counts the number of times your journal's RSS feed was requested. If you're not sure what that means, you may want to read this FAQ. This doesn't count the number of readers, just the number of times your RSS feed was requested - that information could be different depending on the service used.
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[User Picture]From: redseeker
2009-12-16 11:10 pm (UTC)
Cool ^^
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[User Picture]From: nugget
2009-12-16 11:10 pm (UTC)
While we're talking stats, any chance this suggestion will ever get implemented? About a zillion people have asked. It's LJSV-460, whatever the heck that means.

Looks like there's still no way to see http_referer information with this development.

Edited at 2009-12-16 11:12 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: marta
2009-12-17 02:31 am (UTC)
I don't think that's part of the current development plan.
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[User Picture]From: konzatsu
2009-12-16 11:11 pm (UTC)
i've been waiting for something like this. awesome: :Db
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[User Picture]From: bokchil
2009-12-16 11:58 pm (UTC)
Your icon is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: ruthling
2009-12-16 11:11 pm (UTC)
there goes my last vestige of free time :O
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[User Picture]From: reg_flint
2009-12-16 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I never bothered with the stats before, but I have wondered,
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[User Picture]From: kylara
2009-12-16 11:14 pm (UTC)
Is this, or will this become, available for communities with paid accounts?
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[User Picture]From: marta
2009-12-16 11:17 pm (UTC)
That is still being worked on - we'd like to offer it but I don't have an concrete information on how or when it would happen.
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[User Picture]From: seagull2eagle
2009-12-16 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. Any chance of getting the stats extended to the communities that paid/perm users run? That might be more useful than the individual journals. ^^
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[User Picture]From: peppervl
2009-12-16 11:36 pm (UTC)
I agree. This is interesting, but I would find it far more useful to know how many visits my communities are getting.
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[User Picture]From: velshtein
2009-12-16 11:15 pm (UTC)
Nice!
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[User Picture]From: stagknight
2009-12-16 11:19 pm (UTC)
Dangit, I changed from XColibur to Vertigo to have a look and now I can't change it back.

Still, looks interesting.
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[User Picture]From: space_fight
2009-12-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the warning, I was thiiis close to changing over for a brief peek.
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[User Picture]From: susannahclark
2009-12-16 11:19 pm (UTC)
Lots to take in here - a question:

Is there any way I can bring up a list of *all* the comments I've ever posted? Or at least all the OPs on other communities?

You know... like you can click back on the archive of all your own previous posts in your journal?
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[User Picture]From: susannahclark
2009-12-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
I mean, so I can just scroll down through my own OPs and see what I wrote, instead of going archive by archive and month by month in search of my scattered OPs in the various communities?
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[User Picture]From: onionpeeler
2009-12-16 11:20 pm (UTC)
If nevnael is my #1, I will cry.
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[User Picture]From: nugget
2009-12-16 11:20 pm (UTC)
Is there an URL for accessing this? I don't even know what vertigo is, or how I would change to it, and there's no menu resembling anything like you've shown above anywhere I've looked.
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[User Picture]From: sorchasilver
2009-12-16 11:27 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jaina
2009-12-16 11:22 pm (UTC)
Same here. I'm guessing it's a bug from it going live and everyone hitting it at once or something.
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[User Picture]From: penknife
2009-12-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, shiny.

ETA: Well, it would be if it were working.

Edited at 2009-12-16 11:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cjmarlowe
2009-12-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
I was VERY HAPPILY still using XColibur as my site scheme, however there was no link to stats on that scheme so I briefly switched over to Horizon just to find the direct URL. And now I'm not permitted switch back again.

NICE.

Instead of being happy about this perk, which I was, I'm now furious.
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[User Picture]From: marta
2009-12-16 11:23 pm (UTC)
The retired site schemes aren't visible on the regular settings page (since they're no longer supported or updated). But you can switch back by going here.
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[User Picture]From: pocketmouse
2009-12-16 11:24 pm (UTC)
I clicked through, poking around at various months and days in Total Traffic mode, then when I switched to Journal Only, all the stats disappeared. I clicked back to Total Traffic, and they were gone. If I clicked on a month/day I hadn't clicked to already (say, October), the stats were there, but if I'd then click to another month (November - empty) then back (October) the stats would be gone, complete with a little 0 in the up-left corner.
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[User Picture]From: aurora_84
2009-12-16 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm getting disappearing stats too. :(
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[User Picture]From: littlestarletta
2009-12-16 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I like this... now I can't be a creeper lol
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[User Picture]From: bitter_crimson
2009-12-16 11:36 pm (UTC)
If you have "My Guests" disabled (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=privacy) no one will be able to see you by username in these stats. You'll just show up as some random anon. ;)
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[User Picture]From: chameleongirl79
2009-12-16 11:30 pm (UTC)
I spent forever trying to get java working on three different browsers only to have all my stats disappear.

Call me when you actually get this thing working *eyeroll*
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[User Picture]From: lookbehindyou
2009-12-16 11:42 pm (UTC)
It does work. I'm betting it went down because so many people were accessing it.
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[User Picture]From: rosefox
2009-12-16 11:33 pm (UTC)
Sometimes when I click a button to change the view, no data appears, even though I have previously seen data in that view. Is this a known bug?
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[User Picture]From: marta
2009-12-16 11:34 pm (UTC)
It's a known bug as of right now. A refresh or two will pull through the information and I've alerted someone about it, so hopefully it will be fixed shortly.

Edit: we believe the problem has been found and fixed as of a few minutes ago.

Edited at 2009-12-17 08:01 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: becky_black
2009-12-16 11:35 pm (UTC)
I can see me spending ages playing with this. Mind you, what I'd especially love is seeing stats by tag. Now that would be very interesting.
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[User Picture]From: bitter_crimson
2009-12-16 11:35 pm (UTC)
I am also getting a bug when looking at the entry-only page. I start out on the default "Entry View" tab and it shows a bunch of stats, and then I switch to "All visitors" and it shows different stats, but then when I switch again it shows nothing, and if I go back to "Entry View," still nothing.

Aside from these small bugs though, which hopefully will get ironed out, this is quite neat. :)
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[User Picture]From: tracy
2009-12-16 11:43 pm (UTC)
This looks like a really promising tool, but my "journal only" counts are sometimes higher than my "total traffic" counts. Am I missing something here?
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[User Picture]From: bergeronprocess
2009-12-16 11:53 pm (UTC)
I'm a real wonk for graphs, maps, etc, and so this feature is so cool to me :)
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[User Picture]From: elfy
2009-12-16 11:53 pm (UTC)
very nice, thank you :)

a question ... maybe a suggestion? will it be possible at some point to see what 'a guest' looked at? as in, if s/he looked at the profile page, an entry ... i'm aware that most users surf around a bit, so there would be a need to decide what is recorded ... maybe where they 'enter' the journal?
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[User Picture]From: princess_kessie
2009-12-17 02:17 am (UTC)
Yes, this would be indeed interesting, since I have a lot of non-friended guests who cannot see any entries (all friendslocked) - I'd like to know why they were there - and perhaps where they came from (from a friend's journal or are they completely random? If so, what led them to me???)...
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[User Picture]From: blueserenity22
2009-12-17 12:01 am (UTC)
A bit off-topic... but I see that paidmembers has their members "hidden" where no one can see them. Is that possible to do for other communities here on LJ?

Edited at 2009-12-17 12:02 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pne
2009-12-17 05:49 am (UTC)
I suggest you ask this question over in Support.
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