How To Show Your Traffic Stats In Your WordPress Dashboard

Many people have asked me what stat software I used to show my charts in my real life on page SEO case study post. The software is WordPress.com Stats and it’s one of the best stats plugin ever made for WordPress.

There are hundreds of plugins and services which can provide statistics about your blog visitors. A tool like Google Analytics provides an incredible depth of information. However, it can be overwhelming and doesn’t really highlight what’s most interesting to me as a blogger. That’s why Automattic, the creators of WordPress, created its own WordPress.com Stats to focus on just the most popular metrics a blogger wants to track and provide them in a clear and concise interface. Best of all, it makes all that information available right in the WordPress dashboard. There’s no need to load another browser window or a piece of software to view your stats.

Installing this stats plugin is much like installing the Akismet anti-spam plugin. All you need is to put in your API Key and the rest is automatic. To get an API key for WordPress.com Stats, you need to sign up for a free WordPress.com account and WordPress will email you a key.

Once it’s running, WordPress.com Stats will begin collecting information about your pageviews, which posts and pages are the most popular, where your traffic is coming from, and what people click on when they leave.

A small chart will appear in your admin bar if you are running WordPress 3.1 or later. Each line in the chart represents the traffic for the hour in relation to the previous hours. Clicking the chart will bring up the full WordPress.com Stats page.

Because all the processing and collection runs on WordPress.com servers and not yours, it doesn’t cause any additional load on your hosting account. In fact, it’s one of the fastest stats system, hosted or not hosted, that you can use. WordPress.com stats report new visits typically within ten seconds.

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65 thoughts on “How To Show Your Traffic Stats In Your WordPress Dashboard”

  1. Nettgründer says:

    This is my preferred stats plugin as well John, and i have been implementing it to all my blogs in the last few months.
    And i`m very pleased with it so far 🙂

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      I implemented this a few days ago after seeing it in the chopper seo performance posts. Great so far, just wish the numbers were bigger. 🙂

      John appears to use three or four different stats measurement tools, as this page loads a script from Google Analytics, Sitemeter, (and some others which might be stats related) and then WP.com stats as we see in this video.

      I do wonder why so many different stats trackers though…

    2. WordPress stats is a pretty cool plugin. Been using it for some time now.

      1. Abhik says:

        The best part is this plugin is developed by the developers of wordpress. 🙂

        1. WOW.. that means it will be an high quality plugin.

    3. Louie Sison says:

      @John and @Nettgründer, I 100% agree with your suggested plugin. I use it on my site as well.

    4. Earlier to this one which one you were using for stats ?

  2. Tikyd says:

    thanks for sharing this plugin. I did not know about it. The presentation of the stats looks nice.

    1. I think I must have used another similar plugin, this one looks slightly different.

  3. PPC Ian says:

    I was looking for a good, simple stats program. Thanks for sharing, John!

    1. Hey Ian except of keywords and location details … What other information you look for ?

      1. I think he just wants a simple stats program. Visitors, keywords, content and traffic sources.

    2. I’d been using it for sometime not on my blog and it is the best…. There are so many benefits and I just enjoy it so much.

  4. Chris says:

    Looks cool John, but does it show the keywords bringing you traffic?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, it shows the search terms people are using to find your blog.

      1. That is the main purpose of every stats showing software. But will this effect your loading time as well ?

        1. It doesn’t slow things down hardly at all.

          1. So you have used it or this is your assumption only.

          2. Kevin Kimes says:

            I use it, doesn’t seem to cause any slowdown.

        2. Abhik says:

          I don’t think so.. This loads at dashboard, so no slowness for your visitors.

      2. Hey John,

        Thank you for sharing another good plugin.I*m not using it but will consider it. The only thing I always ponder before installing any plugin is the possible problems it may cause, whether it*s slowing down of my blog or how it may negatively interact with other plugins that I already have.

  5. fazal mayar says:

    good plugin, i need a good stats analyzer as well. I have statspress.

    1. I think flippa recommends google analytics …

      1. Whatever works. I’ve started to use StatCounter on some fo my sites to get away from Google and their prying eyes.

        1. Abhik says:

          Statcounter is definitly a cool analytic software.
          It’s not only lighter than google analytics, but also provides some in depth data.

  6. Graham Lutz says:

    Isn’t this is same one that comes in the “Jetpack” plugin?

    1. Can you fly with the jetpack plugin?

  7. Awesome, I am going to install it right now. Thanks John.

  8. WPRank says:

    I’ve been using WordPress.com Stats on each of my blogs and find it to be an invaluable tool. I find using this + Google Analytics helps to retrieve very detailed and important information on what’s going on within your site. Highly suggest that if you aren’t currently using it, to get it asap. It’s simple to install and quite useful.

  9. Tom says:

    I have the WordPress stats but mine crashed a month ago. Now it works every now and then but the numbers are lower than my Google analytics. As a back-up I set up additional trackers with Google and Clicky.

    1. It is interesting that no 2 stats programs will show the exact same thing.

  10. Matt says:

    Great plugin to get an idea of how my blogs are doing with traffic. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Ed says:

    Great to know there are options like these especially for those who do not want to use Google Analytics.

    1. Anything to get away from Google!

    2. Abhik says:

      There are few other standalone analytic software available in market.
      Some of them are in fact equal to google in terms of features.

  12. Andy says:

    Still using anylytics,anyway good sharing john,maybe i will try on my other blog

  13. rakesh kumar says:

    I am not sure whether it will increase the page loading time or not but i am sure it will increase extra load on your server. So i will again go with Google Analytics.

    1. Hey Rakesh,

      You are kind of reflecting my sentiments about installing new plugins. I think it*s good to think long and hard before getting any plugin. Only a small number of them is really worth it. It*s up to everybody do decide which plugins they can*t live without.

  14. Right and correct details are always useful to take the relevant steps.

    Would love to give it a try ….

    john what do you think of Google analytics and this one … Which one is better.

    1. Google is way more comprehensive, but sometimes all you need are the basics.

  15. Abhik says:

    Yes, it is one of the must have plugins.
    Thanks to Automattic for developing such a nice tool.

    1. Yea, and it’s free too.

      1. Abhik says:

        All the plugins from Automattic are free except VaultPress 🙂

  16. Akil says:

    Hi john, great info on the wordpress stat I have heard of it before but never really used it. I am currently using statpress and getclicky which are two useful tool especially getclicky. Not sure how reliable the statpress is because it doesn’t show the same results as google analytic. I think you should check out getclicky also and let me know what you think about it. It offers affiliate so a mogul like you its another income source if you like it

  17. Samuel says:

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    1. No doubt dear and i like your attention here went too far….

  18. fas says:

    John how do you sign up for a free account? If I put in my domain, it says already taken. If I put in other free one, it says API key of another user. Put yours.

    1. You just sign up and get an account, I don’t think you need a domain. If you do, just make one up.

  19. It is an interesting blog which is helping to get the traffic status for our wordpress blog and thanks John.

  20. This plugin is really awesome and it gives all the stats you need right to your WordPress dashboard. 🙂

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree! It’s really nice to have everything in one place. You can gain a lot of efficiency by staying in WordPress and not having to toggle between multiple apps.

      1. It’s all right in your dashboard. That’s nice.

  21. I am ok with my wordpress dashboard

  22. Impressive plugin indeed, Very interesting post indeed thanks for all the useful info…

  23. In my observation i agree to your this point a tool like Google Analytics provides an incredible depth of information.

  24. Weber q320 says:

    Love finding new plugins like this for my wordpress blog, saves me going over to Webmaster tools all the time to check on my stats. WordPress rules.

  25. great plugin, thanks for sharing!

  26. lol, I just started putting Google Analytics everywhere….. Guess I’ll have to switch…. 🙂

    Great post, John. Cheers.

  27. Very interesting post and awesome plugin indeed thanks for all the useful info…

  28. Whitney says:

    This is a very intersesting looking plugin…..I’ve seen you do other posts about these types of plugins for WordPress….tracking visitor stats is a very important part of internet marketing, don’t you agree? One of the many other reasons why I would like to switch to WordPress….(i’m on Blogger right now). Thanks for the post John .

  29. Nice useful plugin. I’ll try.

  30. Forex News says:

    Hey John,

    Thank you for sharing another good plugin.I*m not using it but will consider it. The only thing I always ponder before installing any plugin is the possible problems it may cause, whether it*s slowing down of my blog or how it may negatively interact with other plugins that I already have.

  31. Great plugin. I will try this for my new wordpress blog.

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