Dan York (dyork) wrote in suggestions,
Dan York
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Offer usage statistics as a paid account benefit

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Offer usage statistics as a paid account benefit

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As yet another incentive for people to move to a Paid Account, offer web usage statistics as a benefit. The typical things like number of page views, most common sites, referrer URLs, etc. Perhaps with a monthly graph showing usage over time.

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As yet another incentive for people to move to a Paid Account, offer web usage statistics as a benefit. The typical things like number of page views, most common sites, referrer URLs, etc. Perhaps with a monthly graph showing usage over time.

Certainly this is easily something someone could partially do with Sitemeter or an invisible gif going back to a server... but if it was cleaned up and made easy, it might entice some people to move to paid accounts.

It could be a multi-phase implementation. First you just get a plain old list of visiting sites/IPs, Referrer URLs, etc. and then later graphs are added in. Perhaps graphs are only offered to the top payment tier.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Paid users could understand the volume of traffic to their journal.
  • They could see where people are linking to them (via Referrer URLs), enabling people to potentially find other sites to visit (or people to work with).
  • They could find which of their entries are the most popular in the global Internet.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Generating graphs, especially, from all of the web logs could possibly be resource intensive. (Depending upon implementation.)
  • Displaying intra-LJ links versus external links could be an interesting challenge. (i.e. if you only display 25 Referrer URLs and they are all from other LJ journals, how much value does that really have? Perhaps better to have an internal link and external link area.)
  • For usage reports to be even somewhat meaningful, you really need to have DNS names of hosts rather than IP addresses, but this creates added network traffic and CPU utilization.
  • No matter how you create the graphs, users will inevitably want them to be different.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • There are many open source tools that do this, and I wouldn't even begin to suggest the best without really knowing your systems... I imagine you folks already are using some of these tools.
Tags: statistics, visitor counter and my guests, § implemented differently
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