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Monitor Blog Statistics with StatCounter & R

If you're interested in analysing your blog's statistics, you can do it easily with a web-service like StatCounter -- a free (registration-required) service with quite extensive service -- and with R. After implementing the StatCounter script in the HTML code of a webpage or blog, you can download and inspect log-files with some short lines of code in R (see below) and then inspect visitor activity.

url <- "http://statcounter.com/p7447608/csv/download_log_file?form_user=MYUSERNAME&form_pass=MYPASSWORD"
file <- paste(tempdir(), "\\log", ".CSV", sep = "")
download.file(url, dest = file)
log <- read.csv(file, as.is = T, header = T)
 
str(log)
 
'data.frame':   500 obs. of  19 variables:
 $ Date.and.Time   : chr  "2011-12-19 23:32:30" "2011-12-19 23:20:04" "2011-12-19 23:16:24" "2011-12-19 23:14:40" ...
 $ IP.Address      : chr  "93.129.245.130" "128.227.27.189" "207.63.124.250" "140.247.40.121" ...
 $ IP.Address.Label: logi  NA NA NA NA NA NA ...
 $ Browser         : chr  "Chrome" "Firefox" "Chrome" "Firefox" ...
 $ Version         : chr  "16.0" "8.0" "15.0" "6.0" ...
 $ OS              : chr  "MacOSX" "WinXP" "Win7" "MacOSX" ...
 $ Resolution      : chr  "1280x800" "1680x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x800" ...
 $ Country         : Factor w/ 44 levels "Argentina","Australia",..: 17 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 44 ...
 $ Region          : chr  "Nordrhein-Westfalen" "Florida" "Illinois" "Massachusetts" ...
 $ City            : chr  "Köln" "Gainesville" "Chicago" "Cambridge" ...
 $ Postal.Code     : int  NA 32611 NA 2138 2138 NA 10003 2138 2138 2138 ...
 $ ISP             : chr  "Telefonica Deutschland GmBH" "UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA" "Illinois Century Network" "Harvard University" ...
 $ Returning.Count : int  2 0 4 2 2 0 0 2 2 2 ...
 $ Page.URL        : chr  "http://thebiobucket.blogspot.com/2011/11/r-function-google-scholar-webscraper.html" "http://thebiobucket.blogspot.com/2011/04/if-then-vba-script-usage-in-arcgis.html" "http://thebiobucket.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-to-link-to-google-docs-for-download.html" "http://thebiobucket.blogspot.com/2011/08/two-way-permanova-adonis-with-custom.html" ...
 $ Page.Title      : Factor w/ 53 levels "","theBioBucket*",..: 36 50 23 46 10 20 13 9 10 46 ...
 $ Came.From       : chr  "http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5005989/how-to-download-search-results-on-google-scholar-using-r" "http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CCwQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fthebiobucket.blogspot.com%2F2011%"| __truncated__ "" "" ...
 $ SE.Name         : chr  "" "" "" "" ...
 $ SE.Host         : chr  "" "" "" "" ...
 $ SE.Term         : chr  "" "" "" "" ...

 

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