Thanks to everyone who visited the 2 sites so that I could see how the data is processed by Google Analytics. After I successfully added the tracking code to the sites, I realized that it was not collecting data for Diligence. After some searching I came across this FAQ on the WordPress site. You can click on the image to access the site.
It seems that if your site is hosted at wordpress.com like this one is, then your site you cannot use Analytics. Although, if you have an independent website that is using a WordPress engine you can download a widget to use Google Analytics here. Despite being unable to use Google Analytics, the new WordPress 2.5 does have a stats widget that appears in the Dashboard.
Fortunately the data was being collected for EXPO 2008 at edublogs and here are some of the results. Once you choose to view the report, the data collected is displayed in 6 sections. For each section, there were several more viewing options available.
Site Usage – A simple display of daily visits.
Stats – Some key indicators about visitor traffic, clicking on a stat reveals a more detailed breakdown
Visitors Overview & Map Overlay – This section displays the detailed geographic data about your visitors as well as how long they are spending on the site.
When I clicked on the map, I was able to zoom in to a specific region to see where individual clicks had originated.
Traffic Sources Overlay & Content Overview – These stats explain how people are accessing your site and if they are being referred from other sites.
What does this mean for Educators?
Google Analytics offers a simple interface for viewing a comprehensive list of statistics about your website. It also manages to present the data in graphic and geographic formats. This makes the information very accessible and easy to understand. For students with their own website, this would be a great way for them to learn about statistics and might motivate them to try and attract more visitors to their site.