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Frequently Asked Question #298. How can I see which other users have visited my journal? What is the My Guests feature?

Part of this feature is available only to Paid and Permanent accounts. Your account type is listed on your profile.
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Journal Statistics and My Guests provide information on who has visited your journal. While My Guests is available to all users, Journal Statistics are only available to Paid and Permanent Accounts.
You can opt in to My Guests on the Privacy tab of My Account Settings. Check the checkbox next to My Guests and click the Save button. Please note that changing this setting will take 24 hours to take effect. After 24 hours, you will be visible when you visit journals which have also opted in to My Guests, and you will start to see visitors on your My Guests page. If, after 24 hours, you do not see visitors on your My Guests page, your browser may have cached an older version of the page.

To opt out of My Guests, uncheck the My Guests checkbox on the Privacy tab of My Account Settings and click the Save button. Please note that changing this setting will take 24 hours to take effect. After 24 hours, you will no longer be visible when you visit other journals, and you will no longer see visitors on your My Guests page.

Where to find your Stats

Go to Profile -> Stats/My Guests
Horizon menu drop-down
(in Vertigo, it's right there in the sidebar)

For all graphs displayed in the Stats area, the gray number in the upper left corner of each graph represents the scale of that graph; that is, the number that would be represented if a bar fills the graph to the top.

Here's how to read each of the tabs, in order:


You'll see some numbers at the top - here is how they work:
pic of numbers at top

Page views — think of this as a hitcounter. It includes every time someone can see your journal or entries, including on their Friends page, someone else viewing the Friends page of one of your friends. A new "hit" is recorded every time your Journal or entries are looked at (so if someone visits their friends page multiple times during the day, for instance, a new "hit" is recorded for each time they do so). It also includes *your* pagehits to your entries or journal. Both this number and the All visitors number include both logged-in LiveJournal users and visitors who are not logged in.

All visitors — for this statistic, multiple views by the same visitor are discounted. Since it's based on unique cookie, however, if someone visits from two different computers (such as from home and from work), it will still count them twice.

LJ users — this number is counted based on individual LiveJournal usernames.

The first graph you are presented with is "Total traffic" (which includes views on friends pages) - if you want to see only direct views to your journal and direct views on your entries, click over to the "Journal only" tab (which records users who view your journal, direct views of your entries, and users viewing your profile).
pic of journal-only tab

Social Capital

The number on the graph is your social capital for a specified time period (month or year).You can see the value of your social capital in the beginning of every period: the beginning of the month in a year tab and the beginning of the day in a month tab.


This records all comments left in your journal, *not* including your own. The numbers at the top show the number of the comments left (blue number) and the number of users who left these comments (red number).
Users with Paid & Permanent accounts can also see a list of the most frequent commenters to their journal over a specified time period on the Top Commentators page. The period can be 1 year max.


This graph includes all friending activity. When users friend you, when you friend another user, or when you join or leave a community. To see the usernames and the activity performed, click on the number above the column.
pic of friending activity

My Guests

(available to all users, not just Paid/Perm)
This is a list of the last 100 logged-in users to directly visit your journal, one of your entries directly, or your profile. Users who have opted out of My Guests will be shown as "Invisible guest". My Guests won't show every visit from a particular user, only the most recent one. So if someone looked at your journal six hours ago and also one hour ago, only the visit one hour ago will be shown.
pic of My Guests tab


Your most recent entry will be shown by default, but you can switch to any of your last 10 entries or enter the URL of any previous entry by using the options below the most recent entry stats.

pic of entry stats

On entry's page and across LJ are pretty self-explanatory; direct entry-view is under on entry's page and across LJ is all views of your entry, including on Friends pages and on your direct journal-view.

Entry views — this tab includes all views of your entry, including direct views, on Friends pages, etc. Each time someone "hits" or views the entry is counted separately, so an additional "hit" would be recorded if someone clicked on an lj-cut, went to a comment thread and clicked "Link" or "Expand", or opened a comment reply box to comment. A new "hit" or "view" is also counted when the same person views their Friends page, your journal, or your entry again.

All visitors — this is the same as the "Journal" page; it contains the same information as the "Entry views" page, but limits the count by unique cookie.

LJ users - also the same as above; it limits it to unique LiveJournal users (by username).

RSS Readers

This counts the number of times your journal's RSS feed was requested. If you're not sure what that means, you may want to read this FAQ. This doesn't count the number of readers, just the number of times your RSS feed was requested - that information could be different depending on the service used.

How long is the data of my stats stored?

You can check the Stats for your Journal, Comments, Entries and RSS by day, month, and year. Data for the day Stats is stored for the past 60 days, data for monthly Stats is available for the past 11 months, and the yearly data is available for the current calendar year and the previous 2 years.

My Guests stats displays the last 500 visitors of your journal. This information is stored for 30 days. You can't see who visited your journal earlier.

Last Updated: January 28th, 2014

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