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> Is there a 'trackback' feature I could link to my blog?
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post Jul 2 2007, 05:20 AM
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Hello lovely TP people!

I was rather hoping somebody could help satisfy my curiosity?

I finished my travels around a year ago, but I'm surprised to see that I'm still getting over 250 hits a month on my travelogue. I've not promoted it in any way, and I'm sure family and friends finished reading it a long time ago.

Given that I'm getting far fewer hits a month on a more recent blog, I'm working on the assumption that my travelogue was 'linked' somewhere else in some way. But I've no idea how to find out where, or if I'm barking up the wrong tree entirely. Does anyone know of any way I could find out? Is there a 'trackback' option or similar available on TP- I've seen it used on other blog sites?

I don't mind being read at all, and it's not even like it's that many hits by comparison to all the interesting blogs on this site. I'm just incredibly curious, that's all!

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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post Jul 2 2007, 07:40 AM
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I also often wonder who the heck is reading my blogs. Have you tried Clustermaps? It shows you where people are who are reading your blog. It's pretty interesting...


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post Jul 3 2007, 04:29 AM
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QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Jul 2 2007, 07:40 AM) *

I also often wonder who the heck is reading my blogs. Have you tried Clustermaps? It shows you where people are who are reading your blog. It's pretty interesting...


I'd never even heard of Clustermaps! Any suggestions on how to implement it on my travelogue? It'd be lovely to know where these folk are coming from...
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post Jul 3 2007, 04:34 AM
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i added it to my own webpage easily, but have no eye deer how you can put it onto your travelpod page - i'd be interested to find out if it's possible...

it looks alright, but i won't discover how good it is until i send out my next entry and wait for people to read it...
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post Jul 3 2007, 05:40 AM
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I just added it so it'll be interesting to see where people reading my blog are from. Took about 2 minutes to sort out biggrin.gif


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post Jul 3 2007, 05:45 AM
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QUOTE(rbisset @ Jul 3 2007, 10:40 AM) *

I just added it so it'll be interesting to see where people reading my blog are from. Took about 2 minutes to sort out biggrin.gif



added it where, rich?
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post Jul 3 2007, 05:55 AM
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to the welcome page of the blog. I added the code to the trip description and it seems to be working fine.


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post Jul 3 2007, 07:26 AM
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oh yeah - i'm a dumbass! i was thinking of the main page, not the blog page...

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post Jul 3 2007, 08:19 AM
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Hmmm, I am confused. I have the code thing from clustermaps - now where does it go?
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hi paul,
go to your travelogue page, and click on edit trip profile... then drop the code in your welcome message box somewhere. you'll have to check it by going to the welcome page of that travelogue as a guest...

gotta go - the people we're meeting in nepal next year are leaving tomorrow... drinky poo's... drinks.gif
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post Jul 3 2007, 08:50 AM
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Excellent - thanks for that.

I may yet figure out this computer thing
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post Jul 5 2007, 04:05 AM
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it's slightly early days yet, but i loaded in the clustrmap code, then posted my latest entry afterwards. according to the clustrmap data, i've had 15 visits from five different locations... none of which point to the uk, where the majority of my readers are based. i know that at 20 of them have read the latest entry, so it seems to me (so far) that clustrmaps could well be, at best flawed, and at worst, bollocks.

...or.... it is because the code is pasted into the main welcome page and not the individual entry page? probably that... i'll try that and see what happens...

anyone else (dis)agree? carmella, how do you find it?
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post Jul 5 2007, 05:56 AM
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Yeah I think it's just for a rough idea really. It'll only add visits if someone visits the main blog page, which is basically anyone who finds your blog. If they go direct to a certain page then it won't count.


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post Jul 5 2007, 07:19 AM
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i guess it's interesting if you want to see who randomly accesses that page, but no good to see if the people you want to read it actually are...

i'll leave it on the welcome page for a while to see what happens...
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post Jul 5 2007, 01:40 PM
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QUOTE(thellie @ Jul 5 2007, 03:05 AM) *


anyone else (dis)agree? carmella, how do you find it?


I think you are right about how it tracks the welcome page....I think you would need a separate map for each entry if you wanted complete details. But to be honest, I have no idea how it works.


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post Jul 5 2007, 07:58 PM
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i've re-registered so it now points to my current entry. we'll see if that helps, but i know i'll have to create a new one for each new entry now, which will eliminate any previous ones... not sure this is going to be any good.
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post Jul 8 2007, 08:38 AM
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Interesting.

I have found similar - I know Thellie has probably looked at one of my recent entries from Korea, my Mum from Melbourne,... and yet those locations are not shown.

It is interesting what locations are shown though and clearly I need to start being nicer to everyone as I have Americans, Chinese, South Africans, Indians, Australians, and others looking at my entry page.

So, it is slightly interesting - but as mentioned not necessarily an accurate reflection on who is looking and where from.

Was interesting for me to fiddle around with anyway - with your help.
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post Jul 9 2007, 07:24 AM
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Hmm. I can certainly see a benefit to clustrmaps for some folk (at least this way I know that all 250+ hits aren't my Mum), but I'm still kinda curious about what's attracting readers in the first place.

The search continues...
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post Jul 9 2007, 08:26 AM
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I had a reader from Addis Ababa the other day which I found quite exciting biggrin.gif


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post Jul 9 2007, 09:57 AM
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Hmmm, perhaps I am paranoid. I have readers from Washington, Sydney, London and Beijing (amongst a few others). I can't help but wondering if that is each countries secret services keeping track of me.
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