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Frequently Asked Question #188. How do I add a counter and track visitors to my journal?

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You can use LiveJournal's My Guests feature to find out which LiveJournal users are visiting your journal. If you are concerned that unwanted people are reading your journal, you can track the IP addresses of commenters in your journal and use security settings to restrict who can read your entries.

Alternatively, you can add a third-party counter from an external site to your journal, as long as the code doesn't use JavaScript or Flash. Along with counting the number of people who visit your journal, the counter may provide information about the people visiting your journal. If you don't know of a counter service, you may want to use your favorite search engine to find one.

Adding a Counter

All LiveJournal users can add a counter to their journal in an entry dated far in the future (so it stays at the top of your journal) and enabling the "Date Out of Order" option.

Your ability to add a counter to your style depends on your account type and your chosen theme.

If your account uses the old style system, you can add a third-party counter to your style by following the instructions in this howto tutorial.

Last Updated: January 30th, 2010

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