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I just recently set up a personal web site. I would like to know how often my web site is visited.

I've been to web pages that show counters of how many times the web page has been visited, but counters seems to have fallen out of popularity. More modern web sites sometimes show a map with markers showing the locations of visitors.

What are the top choices for software that will monitor the usage of my public web site.?

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closed as off topic by Eight Days of Malaise, phwd Dec 29 '11 at 22:01

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Google Analytics does the job just fine. You'll need to register and follow the instructions. It'll give you a code snippet to paste into your site's source code.

The visitor counter will be visible to you only. Showing it to the public is no longer best practice in web design.

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Any idea why showing a visitor counter to the public is no longer considered a good practice? – Rice Flour Cookies Dec 29 '11 at 21:59
Visitor counters add little value to visitors as their primary purpose is vanity for the web-property owner. – dnbrv Dec 29 '11 at 22:07
Thanks for your answer. – Rice Flour Cookies Dec 29 '11 at 22:46

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