Introduction to FeedJit Live Traffic Feed
I recently discovered FeedJit Live Traffic Feed and I am now using it on this site as well as a few others. FeedJit is a real-time log which appears as a widget on your sidebar of your website that keeps a record of your most recent 10 visits to your site and where the visitor came from. Founded in 2007 and based in Seattle, Washington, it is a useful tool for displaying the traffic to your site.
While researching the web, I did not see any detailed training on how to install Feedjit, so I devised this tutorial for you on how to install it on your site manually. It is pretty straight forward, but can be a little confusing in some areas.
If you are using WordPress to build a website, before reading my tutorial below, I did want you to know there is a WordPress FeedJit Traffic Feed plug-in available for ease of use and downloading. However, the issue is this particular plug-in has not been updated in more than two years, therefore, there is no guarantee of its effectiveness. I do not recommending downloading a plug-in that is not regularly updated. The sign below is from the FeedJit plug-in page.
Another reason for following this simple tutorial is too many plug-ins in your WordPress site may slow down your site’s performance. If you can easily and manually install a new feature on your WordPress site, it makes sense to do so without running the risk of slowing down your website’s performance with yet another plug-in.
Step-By-Step on How to Install FeedJit Live Traffic Feed
Go to FeedJit Homepage.
You will see the following options on the screen:
The first thing you will want to do is choose your color scheme.
Click on the button that says “Click to select” and choose a color scheme that match the colors of your website and best appeals to you. When you test out each color palette, you will notice how the live traffic feed on the FeedJit site changes to your selection. This gives you a clear idea how this color scheme will look on your website.
Once you selected the color scheme you want your live traffic feed to be, chose the widget width in pixels. You can leave it at 212 or make it a little larger or smaller.
The next step is select how many feeds you want displayed on your website. The default is ten, but you can make it bigger or smaller. The sliding bar gives you the impression that you cannot have anymore than 10, but if you manually enter a number in the box, you can make it as large as 100.
Check the box indicated if you wish to show where the visitors came from. This can be a really neat feature, because you will be able to see what country each of your visitors is from. Thus, it allows you to see just how wide a range the exposure you are reaching.
Next, you select which type of platform you are using to build your website. If you are using Blogger Blog, you can leave this box as it is because that is the default.
Double check to ensure you have chosen all the correct features you desire on your live traffic feed and click on the Go button.
If you are using a Blogger Blog and selected the default, you will next see the following screen with instructions on how to install your live traffic feed on your Blogger Blog:
If you are using WordPress to build your website, your list of instructions will look like the following:
Save your changes and close your text widget.
Your last step will be to view your website in the browser to see your new live traffic feed displayed on your site. It should look similar to the traffic feed seen on this site. The colors maybe different as well as the number of feeds depending on what type of options you selected. If you are not seeing what you expected to see, double check each of the steps to make sure you did not forget anything.
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