WordPress Stats For Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

Because I have never hosted my blog on the free WordPress blog hosting service I never knew that WordPress comes with cool stats system. However, it looks like the WordPress team has decided to offer their WordPress stats service to any self-hosted WordPress blogs. All you need to do is download and install this plugin.

There are hundreds of plugins and services which can provide statistics about your visitors. However I found that even though something like Google Analytics provides an incredible depth of information, it can be overwhelming and doesn’t really highlight what’s most interesting to me as a writer. That’s why Automattic created its own stats system, to focus on just the most popular metrics a blogger wants to track and provide them in a clear and concise interface.

To use the Stats plugin, you’ll need a WordPress account and a WordPress API key. You can either use the key from Akismet or get a new key from WordPress.


Once installed and running the plugin 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 (I really like that one). You access your stats right from the WordPress Dashboard, where a blog stats tab has been added.

60 thoughts on “WordPress Stats For Self-Hosted WordPress Blog”

  1. Dave says:

    You use Google Analytics as well….do you think that you will be using both? Or one or the other mostly?

    1. John Chow says:

      I use this and Analytics and Sitemeter.

      1. Eric says:

        Maybe you could write a post with the pro’s and con’s of each, or how they complement each other, something like that.

        The Million Dollar Homepage?

        1. That’s not a bad idea. It would be pretty helpful, I think.

        2. another cool plugin

          thanks john

      2. Nomar says:

        hmm… maybe I should sign up for sitemeter to.. analytics is sometimes weird

  2. Gdog says:

    This is off topic, but did anyone notice that http://www.stephenfung.net has been hacked?! 😯

    1. John Chow says:

      I called him. He went away on a trip and his laptop is missing some files to completely fix it. But he should have the blog back up tonight.

    2. I wouldn’t suggest visiting that blog! It tried to load something in my FF! I don’t know what it was…. Wait till it’s cleaned up!

  3. Jiang says:

    This plugins look like useful.

  4. Thanks!

    Just installed it. Now, I have to wait 20 minutes before it start working. But I will check later because 24 is on(I like the pause on my PVR)

  5. Hahaa. It’s useful if you are lazy like me =P. But Analytics is better with the “Keyword” refering from the search engines πŸ˜‰ .

    1. I stand corrected: It’s NOT better than Analytics, in fact, you still have to login to WordPress.com (which is stupid?). I thought we can see in OUR own self-hosted blog interface. What kind of …I’d rather use Analytics, since it has more features.

      *I also use MyBlogLog to check/compare the stats between Analytics (you can’t just have one stats tool).

      1. I don’t like that either(login in wp) but the stats are updated every 3 minutes unlike Analytics(few hours).

        Also, the new version of Analytics does do a view of stats(hits and page views) for the current the day like the old version.

        Nothing is stopping you of using both for the time being. That’s what I will do.

        1. Add the “not”
          “the new version of Analytics does NOT do a view of stats(hits and ”

          They said it’s coming when I emailed them. Until that feature is out, I guest it will be in beta longer.

  6. Nice tip, John. The “big guns” like G-Analytics have their usefulness … the new Analytics dashboard is orders of magnitude better, but an “on blog” stat tool like this one can be very sueful, especially when fine tuning the blog itself … but there’s no aff link or AGLOCO tie-in? Your “evilness meter” is getting close to “E” *smile*

  7. Pallab says:

    I am using Feedburner Free, Firestats ( http://www.firestats.cc) and Statcounter (www.statcounter.com).

  8. Douglas Karr says:

    Some neat stuff there… they exclude your visits (nice), keep track of your comments on other WordPress blogs, and they have a nice tag search (and more) inside the interface. I’m pretty impressed!

    Not only is this not a great way to raise awareness to WP, it’s also a great way to take advantage of the WP community that seems to be evolving. Notice this interface has avatars? I’m curious when those will be incorporated in a future version of WP.

    Neat stuff!

  9. Hari says:

    Thanks for telling us.
    I am installing this.
    At last, one useful post on John Chow dot com. :mrgreen:

  10. Wahlau.NET says:

    this is great, nothing to lose to install it.

    Too bad it is not integrated with my blog, maybe someone could do this.

    1. definitely, we need an upgrade

  11. I tried it a few days ago, I’m using WP.com’s stats… Neat interface!


  12. It’s something I think we can use alongside other methods of measurement. It’s good to experiment to see which one you like the best. Google is great no doubt. The myblog log I agree is also good.

    1. true, but unless you pay, you wouldn’t get the real time stats though

  13. Ankur says:

    I love the graphs !!!

  14. Ankur says:

    Is it only me or others also have the name missing when there is no link?

  15. Chris says:

    Can I use the same API key for 4 different blogs?

    Or do I have to register 3 more new accounts with wordpress.com for each blog in order to see the stats?

    1. John Chow says:

      Try the same key and see what happens. I would assume it will work since my Akismet key worked.

    2. it’d work, i think

  16. Chicago 2016 says:

    Whoa, thanks for pointing this out.

  17. Chicago 2016 says:

    It’s quite useful. Unfortunately, my personal blog – which is run on Vox – can’t run any stats trackers. How accurate is its Technorati rank?

  18. Wolf Stone says:

    if only i used wordpress….this plugin appears to have some useful features !!

    1. definitely, it’s undoubtly the best blogging platform

  19. Adam Dempsey says:

    I’ve installed it but hasn’t been running long enough to get any useful stats yet, but looks like it might be useful πŸ˜€

  20. I’m using stats from iceRocket which is quite basic. Will check out the wordpress plugin. Thanks for the tips.

  21. Matt Huggins says:

    John, you should check out WP-SlimStat. It’s a really convenient basic stats package that you can view through the WordPress Dashboard. You don’t need to log into WordPress.com or anything, just log into your site’s back-end like you normally do.

    I use WP-SlimStat on my blog, and it offers a nice overview to what’s going on when I don’t feel like digging through the somewhat overwhelming Analytics data.

    1. thanks matt, will try that out

  22. I think, its too late for WP now.

    GA is free and is beyond exceptional. And BTW, why we would want to add a presure of one more analytics on our server….or why to look at several places for your data when everything is there in GA. I am a huge proponent of GA and I dont think I would be using that plugin..


  23. It should be up-to-par with the others, or at least serve as a good additional stats plugin.

  24. Rhys says:

    I wonder. I run the WordPress Stat Tracker on one of my blogs. Can I still use the same API key to run it on one of my other ones?

    1. i think so, try it first

  25. IngaOz says:

    I installed this plugin yesterday on my newest blog, so far – I am really happy with how I can track stats with it πŸ™‚

  26. Markk says:

    I went from a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted blog, and as soon as I found out about the plugin I installed it straight away.

    I still don’t have stats for the RSS feed though.

  27. Richard says:

    No love for the GoStats review? πŸ™

  28. Mike Panic says:

    It’s nice I guess, but won’t take my API key… o well.

  29. It looks nice, has some interesti πŸ˜› primarily! I have an account with them, but don’t really see the extra value yet! What does it get them?
    I signed up to support WordPress.org! Man, that’s some good software!

  30. Just testing says:

    I get this error when inserting my WordPress.com API key:

    “parse error. not well formed”

    Any ideas?

  31. ScottHayne says:

    My stats look a lot like that… MoL…

  32. John please let me know how you get the shots of the screen like that…I need it so that I can post some shots of screens from a program…please? thanks

    1. John Chow says:

      You just hit the “Print Screen” key and paste it to MS Paint or any other image editing program to edit it.

      1. Thanks good looking…you’re are the best! :mrgreen:

      2. Under file>Print Preview
        File>Print?…Im using firefox

  33. BustyBoots says:

    I don’t want to wait till the end of Summer πŸ™ , I want it now. Who with me?
    save your time and join me. πŸ˜‰

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