I can’t figure this tracking thing out.

January 31, 2007 at 1:14 am (Uncategorized)

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A friend recommended I check out Google Analytics as a way of tracking who is coming to this site, where they’re coming from, and whether or not they’re ever coming back…A pretty neat (if a little scary) concept, if only I could figure out how to install the damn thing properly…

It said to copy and paste the above code right before the body tag of each page. Is that here? Who knows? I’ve looked all over my site, and I can’t see a single body lying around, dead or alive, anywhere… It’s just mystifying, the technology of it all. I don’t get it at all, it’s just that they have kindly made so many things so simple that even a technophobic halfwit such as myself can get online and go crazy. Unfortunately, this looked and sounded relatively basic but is proving vexing. I don’t think I’ve pasted the code in the right spot. And I don’t have a clue where the right spot is.

Mercifully, WordPress also counts views to the site, and I can check those stats anytime, but they don’t know things about you, and if they do know, they’re not telling. The Google thing sounds much more invasive, which I’m sure anyone reading this will feel nicely reassured by. It seems they’re out there with their satellites and GPS and other sinister little tracking devices working hard to tell me what they can about what’s going on in the backyard of my own little cyber patch. There’s a weird, voyeuristic, peeping tom element to the whole thing that seems a little unsavoury, but it’s also, I must say, quite seductive. I can’t help but wonder about you. If you’re there, looking at me, then I’m here, looking at you, looking at me. Crazy, isn’t it? Come on, give us a wave.



  1. Mike said,

    You need to get in and edit the guts of the page to be able to insert the google code — have done so on many work pages — doubt you can do it using the forms that you do on WordPress.

    Every computer connected to the internet has an IP address. IP address ranges are assigned to countries, then sub-ranges are assigned to connectors (ISPs), who assign individual IP addresses to computers. Back track up the chain and you can figure out roughly where someone is.

    Search for ‘whois’ – which is what a lot of this stuff is based on — and if you have someone’s IP address, you can usually tell where they are and who their ISP is (start here: http://www.arin.net/whois/ and they will tell you if you need to go down the tree — e.g. if you put an Aust. IP address in there, they’ll say “Sorry, check Australia’s whois records).

    There’s my 20¢ worth.

  2. Mike said,

    Admittedly, the Google stuff may be more complex than that, but what do you expect for 20¢ ?

  3. doctordi said,

    That’s way more than 20 cents!! Thanks – you’ve just answered a question I posed to myself even as I was writing this post: am I the right person for this job?

    The answer is NO – I’m absolutely, emphatically not. Phew! That’s a relief. I’ll just keep pottering along as I have been, then. I don’t understand a word of what you’ve said above, Mike. It seems I just don’t speak the language. This technical stuff makes my eyes glaze over. Let the mystery reign.

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