Improving TypePad Statistics

Even at the professional subscription level, TypePad statistics are almost too basic to be useful. You get a couple of generic numbers: total hits, average, today, hour, and last week numbers, and a short list of pages viewed and referers. I’d love to see the referer list expanded and for historical data to be available. I could do this myself by embedding tracking images, by I’d rather avoid that.

How about subcription stats? Currently, TP gives us nothing about how often feeds are consumed or by what aggregator. MyYahoo! and other online aggregators pass subscription information in their update checks… wouldn’t it be nice to see that information – X subscribers check my feed through MyYahoo, Y through BlogLines, Z through FeedDemon, etc?

How about raw log files? TypePad currently uses Apache/2.0.52 – it should be fairly trivial for them to give us access to the raw logs.

Any other TypePad users out there? What other stats would be helpful?

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7 thoughts on “Improving TypePad Statistics

  1. Adam, thanks for the feedback. We’re definitely working to improve TypePad’s stats, and I’ll make sure the product team knows that this is a feature that’s important to you.

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  3. I’d be interested in hearing about any third-party statistics systems that can be sensibly integrated into Typepad.

    StatCounter.com provides advice on how to use its system specifically for Typepad, but in my opinion, it doesn’t work very well. It involves pasting code into a Typelist, and supposedly tracks all the pages on your blog from there. But the Typelist displays with one or even TWO lines of space in it, making it look like the Typelist has an error in it.

    OneStat.com is more manual, in that you have to paste code into each blog page that you want tracked. But it has en even bigger problem. Any time after pasting it in, if you access the HTML for a post and then save the post again, it totally WIPES the code from the post and stops counting.

    This means so far, I’ve had no success. I’d be grateful to hear from anyone who knows a solution.

  4. I don’t use TypePad anymore… but just about any third-party stat system is going to require you to insert code (javascript, generally) into pages you want to track. I use Google Analytics on adamstiles.com and it doesn’t add any space whatsoever. TypePad’s Pro level lets you edit HTML templates – you’ve gotta be able to do that if you don’t want to use the add-code-to-a-typelist hack.

  5. Amazing, and disappointing, that I found this thread almost two years later – and nothing has changed. Blogging isn’t supposed to be about coding. It’s supposed to be about using industry standard tools to pursue the democratization of publishing. Is Anil Dash still at TypePad? Did anything make it into the development queue? Are these rhetorical questions?

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