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On 2008-07-02 12:31, Scott O. wrote:
For free webstats try

This is a great site. You can pay to use it, but the free version will keep track of stats on the previous 500 hits.

Most web hosts provide pretty powerful stats tracking free with your hosting package. Ask them before you start adding external services that you have to pay for.

If not, I agree: statcounter is good.
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A couple of possibly related points.

I would recommend getting a web site from a "real" web hosting firm rather than from your ISP. A local magic shop had their site on Comcast, but had problems. Comcast was no help. The site was working at one point, it stopped working. The HTML worked on several other places and Comcast said, sorry, we can't help you. I moved it to another site with no problems.

There are other similar stories out there. If you can afford it, it pays to go with a web hosting company. They make their money supporting the web, while most ISP's main business is cable TV or communications.

One way to quickly get on the radar (have your site searched) is to put up an AdSense ad. This forces an almost immediate search and index of your site. Leave the ad in place for a short while and then delete it (or not, up to you). You will have been indexed immediately.

There are short term SEO optimizations that can be a real boost. The problem is that if they provide an "unfair" advantage, whatever caused the elevation in ranking will be devalued in the ranking. That's one of the reasons that some SEO companies claim that you need constant updating, they take advantage of the latest holes found in the ranking system.
Marty Sasaki
Arlington, Massachusetts, USA

Standard disclaimer: I'm just a hobbyist who enjoys occasionally mystifying friends and family, so my opinions should be viewed with this in mind.
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