Friday, March 20, 2009

Getting Started with the WunderCounter: Info for First Time Users

So, you've created a WunderCounter account. Now what? Let's briefly walk through the steps to getting some counters and trackers working for you. If you take the time to read this article, things may make a little more sense. It will probably take about 10 minutes for you to read this article and start tracking your stats. It's a pretty simple process.

Step One: What Are You Tracking?

There are different types of counters, so the first part of the process is figuring out which is the best counter for you. Let's keep it simple for now. We won't talk about any of the fancy stuff here. We'll look at simple web counters -- the ones that increment every time someone visits your page.

There are basically really two types of counters: JavaScript or plain HTML. Both counters work equally well, but the JavaScript counter provides more helpful information. The general rule is that if you can use a JavaScript counter, that should be your first choice. If the page you want to track doesn't allow to you add JavaScript, then you should choose HTML.

For example, you should choose HTML if you're tracking:

Myspace Profiles, Bulletins, Photo Albums, etc
Links in Facebook Notes
Ebay Auction Items
Google Ads

You should choose JavaScript if you're tracking:

Your personal web site
Your business web site
Any site you're accessing via FTP

Those are just general rules. If you use the WunderCounter on a site which is not mentioned here, please email me or comment back about which site it is and whether you're using HTML or JavaScript. It's helpful for me to know!

Step Two: Choose the Correct Code

If you've got the Wunder Free account, there's only one choice for you to use (the visible HTML counter), so your choice is easy. If you have Invisible or the Premium account, you'll find more choices. For all accounts, you'll find your available options under the Generate HTML menu on your dashboard page, after you've logged in.

For example, if you're tracking a Myspace page, choose Myspace Trackers from the Generate HTML menu. The Myspace Tracker is an HTML counter, so you can use it on other sites which don't allow JavaScript. It's just called the Myspace Tracker because that's what many people use it for. It's invisible, so you won't see an incrementing counter appear on your page, so a lot of people choose this option. You can also use it for eBay items etc, so feel free to play around with this type of counter if you want to track a social networking site or some other place which doesn't give you total control of your HTML layout.

If you're generating a counter for your personal or business site, you should be able to use pretty much any counter available on the menu. Experiment a bit to find a format which you like.

Step Three: Generate Your Counter Code

This is the easy part. Once you know which sort of counter you want to create. Just choose that option from the Generate HTML menu and click through the steps. It's pretty straighforward, so it often takes less than a minute to get through this part. At the end of the process, highlight and copy the code which is presented to you. You're now ready for the last step.

Step Four: Add the Code to the Page You'd Like to Track

Here are some instructions for specific sites:

Myspace Profiles
Myspace Blogs

If you're adding the code to a site you have FTP access to, just add the code to the body of your HTML. Add it close to the top of the page, preferably just under the <body> tag. Then, save your page and upload it to your site. You're done!

Did it Work?

No matter which counter you're using or which site it's on, you should always check to ensure that you've added the code correctly. Preview the page in your browser, making sure you refresh the page if it's already open in your browser. Once you have viewed the page with the counter, log in to the WunderCounter and check to see if that page has appeared on your dashboard page. If it has not, try clearing your browser's cache and then reload the page. Reload the WunderCounter dashboard page and check to see if the page name has appeared on your dashboard now. If you don't see the page, try starting again from step 1. If that doesn't work, contact support, by sending an email to Include the full URL of the page in question. Do not remove the code which isn't working as it won't be possible to find the problem if the code is not in the page.

You're Done!

So, basically that's it. Continue adding counters to as many pages as you'd like to track. Keep checking your dashboard page to make sure they appear. Once you're happy with that, sit back and watch your traffic roll by. You'll be surprised at what you may learn!

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