Welcome Global Visitors and About the New Clustermap Widget
There’s a new widget (doodad, thingy) on the right-hand side of this blog, which you can see if you scroll down while looking at the sidebar. It’s a little map. I added it yesterday afternoon. It’s supposed to show where around the world clicks/hits/visits are coming from. It’s accuracy, at least in terms of numbers, is subject to debate.
WordPress, which hosts this site, provides a daily visits counter (which does not include visits from me, from this computer) on a “Dashboard” I can access. According to WordPress, this site was visited 118 times on May 16 (midnight May 16 until Midnight May 17, U.S. Central Time), 94 times on May 15, only 59 times on May 14, 94 times on May 13, 97 times on May 12, and on and on. I’ll note that from this past midnight until a few minutes ago at 6:40 a.m. my WordPress Dashboard says 18 people have visited here (Update: 25 visits as of 8:00 a.m.; Update 2: 61 visits as of 5:15 p.; Update 3: 80 visits as of 8:15p; Update 4: 87 visits as of 9:17p. Last Update: 105 visits as of 11:12p.). It also says which pages they’ve visited, but not where, what state or country, those visits originated. That U.S. Central Time and G.M.T. do not line-up may explain some, but not all of the discrepancy. According to Clustermap’s FAQ:
While the number in the list of users is taken from the live database, your maps (including the numbers) are generated only at specific update intervals (daily, weekly, or monthly as indicated on your map, depending upon the amount of traffic). Additionally there may be some hits with unrecognized IPs; i.e. hits with unknown geo-location which cannot be displayed in the maps…
So, this 9 days (May 16 through 24) shows where most visitors are from, not how many times they clicked on this or that page. My WordPress Dashboard tells me that this site’s had 817 clicks/hits/visits during the same period.
The FAQ continues:
Different counters can come up with inconsistent totals for a variety of reasons. For example, it is possible to get VERY DETAILED statistics from log analysis software that analyses hits to many pages on your site, including RSS feeds, whereas our thumbnail map ONLY counts the number of times the thumbnail map is actually ‘rendered’ or displayed to a user!
Anyway, it’s a neat tool to show something about the geography of visits, but I wanted visitors who looked at it to know that the number(s) are somewhat different from the actual click totals, that is, the total shown by that “Clustermap” and the incoming visit/click count according to WordPress, which hosts this site.
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