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I’m going to focus on Micro.blog hosted blogs, but these three providers will work for WordPress too.

Recently, Micro.blog added the ability to add HTML code in the footer area of your hosted blog.  This is great for things like webrings.  It’s also good for JavaScript code so I immediately added a web traffic stats counter.

Why analytics?  As a webmaster I still think it important to have an idea of where your visitors are coming from, how they find you, what posts they are interested in, and are they using a phone or computer.

There are three that I looked at:

Statcounter.com – the free service is generous for most blogs.  The stats are not super detailed like the others but they are sufficient for me.  Statcounter offers 4 advantages: 1. the free service is decent, 2. they offer a version of the code to put on your site that is compatible with just about every CMS platform out there plus instructions, 3. near real-time reporting, 4. You can see what your stats are very quickly.  I’m using Statcounter.

Yandex Metrica – Russian search engine Yandex offers free hosted stats that are considered equal to or maybe better than the same offering from Google.  And I repeat, it’s free.  Yandex is straightforward about it, they are in the business of indexing the web and offering analytics helps them find new URL’s and do their job.  Hence it’s free.  If you want detailed stats and good graphs I suggest trying Yandex.

Google Analytics – this is the Big Boy on the block and outside of looking at your server logs this GA has been the gold standard for many websites and bloggers.  With that said, I don’t recommend Google Analytics: 1. Google is voracious on mining data on websites and individuals I’m just not going to hand them the inside data on any of my websites on a silver platter,  2. I have used them in the past and GA can cause some serious slowdowns on your site’s page loading times, 3. when I used them the data was not real time, there was always a lag.

No remotely hosted analytics service is going to detect or report all web traffic to your site only server logs will do that.  For bloggers these services are good enough.

 

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I’ve got these two domains: ramblinggit.com (here) and rantinggit.com (now a Micro.blog (MB) hosted blog).  Both represent me.  Both post to Micro.blog.  I guess that makes me the “Git“. 😐

Brief History of rantinggit.com:  I started it on WordPress.com as a reaction to the crazies on Facebook.  Later I just quit reading FB and so a lot of my desire to rant about things disappeared.  I decided to move the domain and contents to MB and use it for quicker interaction with the MB social network.

Ramblinggit.com with it’s more extensive support for on-page comments and web mentions, will be used for long form posts and some micro posts: Like, Bookmark, Listen,  Quote, Read, etc.

Both blogs are linked together in their menus with redirects.  In WordPress I used the Page Links To plugin.  On Micro.blog I followed Manton’s instructions.

Both blogs crosspost to Twitter.

I think this is going to work.

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I’m starting to think the EU’s nasty attitude towards UK leaving is mostly fear combined with a bit of miff.  The EU is afraid.  Britain was the stabilizer for the EU, the big nation-state with massive democratic political legitimacy and insulated from continental tribal history.

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I’m trying to figure out how to have both a Micro.blog and WordPress blog on different URL’s and have them link to each other via the Menu navigation.  Is there a way to put a redirect on a MB Page that would go to a different URL?

How are other Micro.bloggers handling this?  I looked through Help and the Wiki but didn’t really find anything.

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Oh there’s just so much to say about the start of this thread, and it gives me so much hope for the open web as well as potential growth for WordPress.

Source: Reply to Ryan Boren et al on the WordPress Link Manager, Calypso, and Indie Blogging

Yes, the Link Manager should be resurrected.

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