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Cool Stats Widgets Series – PAX Hit Counter


PAX Hit Counters

Cool Stats Widgets Series – PAX Hit Counters to Match Your Blog Theme

About the Widget.  As seen in the image above, PAX offers search tabs, a search box and hit counters.  Both the search tab and search box use JavaScript which will not work on WordPress.com.  However, PAX provides a non-java option for the hit counters that will work perfectly with your WordPress.com blog.

What will Your Readers See on Your Site.  The cool thing about PAX is that you can choose from a big selection of counters.  You will certainly be able to select a counter that matches the colors and theme of your blog.  Your will also be able to set the start count number to match the current visits of your site.  Your readers will see the counter you chose, similar to the one seen here, on your sidebar or footer area (if your theme have footers).

Blog With Integrity:  Life & Bits have no commercial or other relationship with PAX.

How Do I Install This Widget on WordPress.com? Installing the PAX’s Hit Counter widget on your site is simple.  First, get the HTML code from their site.  Second, install the code on your blog.  And, you are done.  Please follow the instructions below.

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UPDATED – Cool Stats Widgets Series – Who’s Amung Us Widget


Cool Stats Widgets Series – Who’s Amung Us Widget – Current Number of Readers and Statistics Page

UPDATE.  Who’s Amung Us updated its website, changing the screens and the link to non-JavaScript HTML code.  This post reflect the newest information to install your widget at WordPress.com.  

About the Widget.  Who’s Amung Us provides a variety of widgets to choose from and install in your site.  They offer both JavaScript and non-java widgets.  This tutorial covers non-java widgets for us on WordPress.com.  As many other statistics widgets, Who’s Amung Us HTML code needs to be installed in your blog.  A widget will be seen by your readers when they open your blog and you will be able to review all kinds of information about your readers when you visit the Who’s Amung Us site.

What Will Your Readers See on Your Site?  This will depend on the widget you choose.  Who’s Amung Us offer a number of widgets to choose from.  The widget shown to the right is The Original widget.  The non-java widgets that work with WordPress.com will show the number of readers looking at your site at the instant the page loads.

What Statistics are Available to You on Who’s Amung Us Site?  When you press the widget in your webpage or visit the Who’s Amung Us site, you see a graph showing the number of readers to your site per hour (see the image above).  The graph includes the maximum, average and minimum number of readers each hour.  You also see the number of reader per page.  Finally, your can see where the visitors come from on a world map.  On Who’s Amung Us dashboard, the Maps tab allows you to see the map information in different formats.  The History tab allows you to see the visitors information  for the last 24h, for the last month, for the last year or for the last five years.  Of course, data collects only after you install the widget.

Important Notice.  If you go directly to Who’s Amung Us site you will only have access to JavaScript widgets.  These will not work on WordPress.com.  To access the non-java HTML code  for the widget follow the links provided in this article.

Blog With Integrity.  Life & Bits have no commercial or other realationship with Who’s Amung Us.

How Do I Install This Widget on WordPress.com? Installing the Who’s Amung Us widget on your site is simple.  First, obtain the HTML code from their site.  Second, install the code on your blog.  And, you are done.  Please follow the instructions below.

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Cool Stats Widgets Series – CLICKY Real Time Web Analytics


CLICKY - Real Time Web Analytics - Stats Page

Cool Stats Widgets Series – CLICKY Real Time Web Analytics – Meaningful Statistics

About the Widget.  CLICKY widget will not give your readers any great statistics about your site or your visitors.  When you install the CLICKY HTML code on your sidebar or footer all you will see on your site is the CLICKY Image shown to the right. Why do you want CLICKY then?  CLICKY is designed to give you all the information you need about your visitors.  The image above shows the statistics page of the CLICKY site.  The information shown is probably the same you can get through other sites like SITEMETER, Who’s Amung Us, ClustrMap or Flag Counter, but the presentation of the data makes it easy to see and follow.  Please visit GetClicky.com site for details on the statistics and presentation of this widget.

Important Note About the Widget.  CLICKY will be a free service for just one site.  If you have multiple sites to follow, you will have to subscribe to a paid service.  Therefore, make sure you select the correct site to set with CLICKY free service.

How Do I Install This Widget on WordPress.com? Installing the CLICKY widget on your site is simple.  First, obtain the HTML code from GetClicky.com site.  Second, install the code on your blog.  And, you are done.  Please follow the instructions below.

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Cool Stats Widgets Series – FEEDJIT Live Traffic Widget


FEEDJIT Live Traffic Widget (Non-Java)

Cool Stats Widgets Series – Live Traffic Widget from FEEDJIT

About the Widget.  FEEDJIT widget will display in your WordPress.com blog, an up-to-the-moment-you-entered-this-page list of the traffic of visitors to your site.  This means a feed, like the one shown above, will appear in a sidebar or footer of your blog with a list of the most recent visitors to the website.  The feed shows the flag, city and country of the visitor, and how long ago that visitor entered the website.  Since WordPress.com do not allow javascript widgets, the feed will not refresh until you or your visitor go to a new page or refresh the current page.

If you install the widget on your site and click the Watch Live link, you will see a live traffic feed of the visitors to your site.  Of course, if you only get a couple of visits per hours it could be long before you see the feed update…

How Do I Install This Widget on WordPress.com? Installing the FEEDJIT widget on your site is simple.  First, obtain the HTML code from FEEDJIT site.  Second, install the code on your blog.  That is all.  Please follow the instructions below.

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I Got Invited To Google+!


Google+ Project

Now, I want to tell you the title of this post don’t reflect who I am.  I mean, I really don’t see myself as the type of person that get carried away with all the hype of new technologies and specially of the latest must-have fashionable apparatus.  I rarely buy the latest widgets coming out each season.  I prefer to let people try them, use them and let the critics analyze the most obscure functions of the device or technology.  After all, everyone buying or signing into the newest technology either pay top dollars or serve as the ad hoc tester of the systems.  On the contrary, I like to pay a fair price for technology and use systems when main bugs are found and fixed.

Google+ Bar

So, I surprised myself when I was all excited to receive a an invitation to join Google+.  My first thought about my reaction was it is my fault.  Why not? Since the news broke out Google released Google+ I have read on every opportunity about it and how I couldn’t try it unless invited.  I visited Google+ site just to read of the features and visited the forum on Google+, were the lucky ones were having all kind of discussion on the site greatness and intuitiveness.  Did publicity and buzz get me?  I even signed for the “waiting list” to get invited by Google+.  It was two long weeks waiting for Google to send me an invitation.  Meanwhile, I kept reading article after article of all the goodies offered by the site.

It was no wonder I had the biggest of smiles on my face when I saw in my inbox an e-mail from Google+ saying a friend of mine had invited me to join her on Google+.  Everything I was doing stopped immediately, and then, I clicked on the link provided.  I wasted no time signing up and starting to play with the site.  I took me no time to find available friends, create my circles and invite family and friends.  Everyone using Google+ seemed very happy and positive about the site.

Google+ Sidebar

It couldn’t be a coincidence.  Why is every single person I meet on Google+, so supportive of the new social network? It hit me.  The reason I am so excited to join Google+ is not because it is the newest must-have technology.  The reason I am so excited is because I finally have a real social network alternative to Facebook.  Finally the monopoly on social networks is over (I will get grilled by Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn fans but Twitter don’t offer all the extras of FB, LinkedIn is business oriented and MySpace is declining.)  Finally I have a real choice that, on the surface, seems to put privacy first.  That explains why I was eager to join Google+.  By being one of the first to use Google+, I want my opinion and comments heard, making sure the end-result takes care of everything on FB that drive me crazy.

For now, I will keep playing with Google+ and inviting my FB and Twitter friends over.  If you are dying to get invited to Google+, leave me a message on the Contact page and I’ll see what I can do for you!  If you are already using Google+ let us know of your experience.  If you are as excited as I am, let us know your reasons why.  Have fun blogging and with Google+!  Don’t go without leaving a comment!

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