Friday, April 3, 2009

Myspace Blog Trackers

A Myspace Blog Tracker can be added in the following way:
  1. Create your counter code by choosing Myspace counter from the Generate HTML menu on your dashboard page
  2. When the WunderCounter asks you for a page name, use something like this:
  3. When you get your WunderCounter code, copy the URL (everything between the quotes) to your clipboard
  4. Now create or edit a blog post.
  5. Choose the "add image" button
  6. When asked for the image URL, paste the WunderCounter URL which you just copied from your code
  7. Preview and post your blog
You'll want to refresh your dashboard page to ensure that your new blog is being tracked and then that's it -- you're done!

The Lazy (but less effective) Way

Now, if you don't want to add a counter to every single blog post, there is a workaround. It's not as effective, but it gets the job done for lazy people (not that there's anything wrong with that...)

To create a generic blog counter:
  1. Log in to your MySpace account
  2. Click the "Blog" link
  3. Click the "Customize Blog" link (under "My Controls")
  4. Find the "Page Header" section
  5. Add the counter code to the "Your Own Header HTML" text box
  6. Click the "update" button at the very bottom of the page
Now, because the code is going into your blog header, the counter won't distinguish between blog articles. So, all blog article views will be tracked under the same page name. This is convenient, because you don't have to add a counter for each new article that you write. The flip side is that you won't be able to track which article is more popular.

Personally, I prefer the first method, because I want to see which posts are being read most, but there's no right or wrong way here. It's all a matter of personal preference.

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