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Since you're curious about where your readers are coming from, is there a reason you're not taking advantage of Google Analytics. It's not going to tell you anything about people's economics background, but it can certainly be interesting to look at a map of visitor clusters. For a free tool, it can tell you a lot about your visitors.

"... is there a reason you're not taking advantage of Google Analytics."

Yes. Sheer ignorance, in my case! I'm not very tech-savvy.

Hi Nick - welcome back, I hope the canoeing had a positive hedonic impact even if no economic effect.

I'm happy to help out with setting up the Google Analytics code for you if you like.

However there's a good chance that whatever stats package Stephen is using also has the ability to break down traffic by country - most of them do.

I've already signed up to Google Analytics, and Typepad does have a way of incorporating it. But before I could get into it, I got sidetracked and forgot to go back to it. Soon.

Hi Stephen,

For easy stats without having to do too much work, go to www.quantcast.com and just enter your website's URL on their bar. You can also discover traffic and patterns for some larger related sites.


I didnt have time to chime in for the reader's comment survey, but I was wondering if it would be possible for you to link to your data sources more often?

There are often wvery interesting graphs that spark questions, but can't be interested because I can't seem to find the data.


I'll try to be more consistent about that. Often, the data aren't freely available; I have to use my university to get access to Statisics Canada's Cansim data base.

If you have to do it, you might as well do it right.

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