Can I record IP numbers of visitors to my site?

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Hi folks,

Is there a way for me to record IP numbers of visitors to my site? Also, is there something similar to Google's reporting software - I forget what it's called, but it shows you detailed information on visitors - geographic info, etc.? Thanks, Lee
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Hello Fid,
This could be done but would take implementing code that isn't allowed in the Yola site builder.

Are you not wanting to use Google Analytics? There are quite a few tracking programs out there, but Google Analytics is quite easy to implement into a Yola site.

Emmy
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Emmy, could you give me some information on how to implement Google Analytics? I signed up, but that's about where I finsihed because I don't want to wreck anything lol
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Hello Fid,

I use getclicky.com and GA. getclicky is certainly easier to implement compared to Google Analytics and the data is dynamic compared to GA where you get reports once per 24 hours.

They give similar analyses. Getclicky allows you to deselect your own visits from appearing and you can name your visitors. This naming is not a free service (it is for the first 30 days but thereafter it s part of a paid for plan).

IP's are all listed and can be broken down into regions and cities quite easily if the service data is complete (This varies from country to country).

Analytics is very important for working out what is important on your site, it helps you to determine the most appropriate keywords, it can allow you to see the conversion rates to true sales if you have a commercial site.

Goodluck with this Fid.
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Hi, thanks for your replies.
Ok, I'm not so computer savvy, so I'll try to do what's the simplest. The main thing is, I would like to record IP numbers and be able to track their geographical location. The rest would be icing on the cake, as it would be great to know where my visits are coming from. If you could advise me on how to implement whatever system is best (getclicky sounds like what would work for me). Thanks very much for your help.
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Hi Fid,

We recommend adding Google Analytics to your site. This application will help you track your visitors' locations and behaviour on your site - letting you know which parts of your site are the most popular/effective. For detailed, step by step instructions, see: Adding Analytics.

Here's how to add Google Analytics:

1. Go to Google Analytics and sign up for a free account.
2. Type in the URL of your site.
3. Copy the verification code provided by Google.
4. Go to Yola and drag and drop an HTML widget at the bottom of each page you want to track. You could place the code anywhere on your page, but always adding it in the same spot helps you keep track of where you have placed it.
5. Paste the code from Google into the dialogue box of the HTML widget on each page.
6. Republish your site.

If the code is installed correctly you will not see anything on your page, but Google will use this invisible tracking code to gather data on your site. Once you update your site, it be verified and you can log in to your Google Analytics account to find out all the information you want to know about the people who have visited your site. Please be aware that it takes 24 hours for Google Analytics to collect the first lot of data about your site.

Note: Google Analytics sometimes gives a Javascript error on drop. This is a known issue, but will not interfere with Google's ability to verify your site. If you get this error, simply navigate to another page on your site and all should be fine.

Hope this helps!

Emmy
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Thanks for the instructions Emmy! Much appreciated!
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My site is built using cPanel 11, i can record visitors, track them, see the location and there IP, There OS etc.
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I use getclicky.com and they in my opinion are better than google analytics plus records user's IP addresses to accurately determine if a user is unique or a repeat visitor... you have access to viewing these IP addresses.
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Hi, and thanks again for all your replies.
With Google Analytics, it sounds like I'll have a general area of visitors. What I would like is to have an accurate knowledge of precisely what city or town my visitors are visiting from. The IP thing is the most important part of all of this. So, is getclicky my best option for that?
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Hi Fid,

The summaries for both analytics programs are similar. But I think that getClicky gives the ip addresses in real time and in report form I don't think that you can get this from GA. There may well be asome user defined aspect that I'm unaware of. I use Clicky for this aspect becasue it's simply right there.

You can copy the IP adresses and paste into a base of some kind and then subsequently manipulate this in any way that your external system allows. Excel would be ideal to rank and identify recurring uses although you can extract that directly as well.
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Google Analytics have a policy of not collecting personally identifiable information and that is their reason for not divulging IP addresses.
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yes, after you have an account with getclicky and you post the html code (I would post on every page bc the landing page can be any page referred to the user) and then click the visitors tab and it'll pull up anyone that's visited since you've posted the code or since 12:00 am, how many actions they've made and how long they were active as well as the Internet Service Provider (Comcast, etc.), if you click on the ISP it'll pull up a list of everyone and their IPs that use that ISP. Hopes this explanation helps.... and yes, I would personally say getclicky is your best option. Very easy to use (user-friendly)
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Hi folks,

Ok, I registered at getclicky, and I got some kind of code to put "into my website". Where do I put it? I don't think I have access to the HTML, so is this something you need to do from your end? I have the code saved on my computer, I can send it if you need it.
Thanks,
Fid
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Donald

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no... on the widgets on the right of your yola... there is a widget that says 'html', use that widget just before the body of your page and paste the code into that... you DO have access to the html's of the website.
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Ok, I got it done. Another question, if you can believe it :) .

There is the little icon for getclicky at the top of the page when I view the site, when I click it, it takes me to the getclicky page. Does this mean all this information will be viewable by anyone who goes there and clicks the icon?
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Hi Fid,

No it does not. This badge is purely an address there would be a cookie stored on your computer and that's what it's using to identify you. Other computers won't have the same cookie sored.
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Just to clarify something on your original question. Home users dont often have static IP's, an IP is issued by the users ISP for a limited amount of time, it is actually the routers IP and it masks the internal nodes for security reasons.

You can find out enough information from the services the guys above have suggested.

Lee.
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A question..
The badge identify you through the cookie it placed in your computer, right?
But what if the cookie is removed? For speed and performance reasons, I uses a cleaning software- CCleaner that automatically removes all cookies, temporary internet files, temp and history.

Does that affect the getclicky badge?
And also, can we place both GA and getclicky on the same site?
And, do we have to place them on all the page if we wanted to view the report of different pages individually?

Thanks for your helps and sorry for the troubles!
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Wow good to see you with so many great questions Irvin,

You can have Clicky and Google Analytics on the one website. no problem at all.

GA code you only have to pace on your home page.
Clicky code must be placed on every page you would like tracked.

If you clean the cookie it needs to replace it for the session . This means it won't remember your login details or history or preferences. that would be up to you to remember
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Fid,

I was in error on the placement of the GA Code.

I apologise. The GA Code must also be added to every page that you wish to track.
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Hi everybody,

Thanks so much for all your help, greatly appreciated.
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Hi Peter,

Yes, I put it on all my pages. Things is, I was wondering if it's necessary to place it at the top of the page, is it equally ok to place it near the bottom? I have my reasons for wanting to do that, just wondering if it will still work.
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Yep it will still work. I think the reason for Google suggesting it at the top is that it will catch the bouncers who go to a page for a very short time and then out again. The further you put it down the page the later it will load.

The other thing is for your editing advantage it's always best to put at the same place on the page. Particularly if you have many HTML widgets. It just becomes a forest without titles, so to know where to go is a potential advantage to you for future work.
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Hmmm. Ok, maybe I'll move it down the page, as I don't want certain people to know that I'm tracking the IPs. What this is about is, I have stalkers - nasty ones, hoping I can get a general location so I can report them to the police or whoever else. Anybody here have suggestions on that?
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No.

If you want general information on a serious issue like that I'd probably start with a resource FAQ or help with someone like McAfee or Norton. I think they have general info on issues like that.

It would be a folly for anyone here to give you opinions or advice. Maybe an email to Yola is a starting point also.

This is too important Fid.
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Ok, thanks for the reply. I've contacted 2 law enforcement agencies, one was of no help at all, and I'm waiting for a reply from the other, and I'll be calling them in the morning. If that leads nowhere, I'll try emailing Yola, as you suggested. Yes, this is important, and could have very bad results - not so much for me, but for people in the town where one of my stalkers resides. From what I've seen, there is not much to be done about online stalking or threats - until after serious damage has been done.
Thanks again for all your help.