I was doing a bit of reading on blog promotion and stumbled across a few recommendations for a new service called HitTail. I wasn't exactly sure what it was at first, but that didn't stop me from signing up to give it a try. I'm glad I did because this is a neat service other bloggers should know about.
HitTail is a free real-time hit counter. Shortly after installing HitTail, I watched a flurry of hits coming from Pharyngula. By clicking on one of them, in the HitTail "my stats" window, I discovered that PZ had linked to my recent post about Karl Rove. I could actually watch the hits coming in from Pharyngula. Very cool.
In addition to offering real-time hit monitoring, HitTail facilitates exploration of search terms that bring visitors to one's site. Clicking the "keywords" tab shows me what search terms are being used in the popular search engines to bring visitors to my site. For example, I see that "john adams" just brought me a visitor.
I think this is going to be a useful supplement to the standard hit counter.
Tags: blogging, HitTail