I use AWStats to track visitors to this site. The stats update about once every 12 hours. I use AWStats because it shows me not only who is visiting and when, but how they enter the site, where they come from, what they were searching for, etc.
I average between 4,000 and 5,000 unique visitors per month. Of these, ~600 are aggregators...people who only subscribe to the Atom feed.
I get about 2,700-3,000 links from Google and other various search engines per month. So far this month, the top queries have been:
- michael russell
- t teen
- windows media center
- quake4 font
The top 10 pages on my site this month have been:
- The main page of the blog;
- A post about the different types of "Quality Bars;"
- A semi-humorous post about Yoko Ono killing my Zen PMC; (Side note on this one...most of the backlinks seem to be from an accidental link from an Asian porn company)
- A post on how to fix Windows Media Player 10 error 8004022a;
- A comment about the .NET Framework on the Xbox 360;
- My October '05 archive page;
- The WhatIP? web service interface;
- A diatribe about how the gaming community's single-minded focus on Jack Thompson could be hurting their cause;
- A tutorial on how to do a clean installation of Windows XP Media Center Edition on an HP Media Center PC; and
- The human-usable version of WhatIP.
The remainder are from a variety of sources. To be honest, most people tend to refer to me in other people's comments.
I don't include traffic from people hotlinking to my images, although there is some of that going on. I don't include traffic from spiders, or from aggregation services.
Do I get a lot of comments? No. I average about 5 new comments on the blog a day. I generally get three legitimate comments, one troll, and one piece of blog spam. I delete the blog spam, but I leave the rest. After all, if a person thinks strongly enough about me to take time out of his or her busy schedule to insult me, that's generally a sign that either something I'm doing needs to be addressed or that someone has issues with me personally. Either way, it's better to have it out in the open.