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Cool new feature alert, see where your last few visitors came from!

Posted by INtense! on Jun 23rd, 2011

UPDATE: Sorry but i've had to disable the feature. Porn spammers were spoofing their useragent to get free links. Literally took them 1 hour to figure it out. Internet teaches me yet another valuable lesson.

Is your mod or game profile rocketing up in popularity and hitting the top 10? Perhaps you have posted news or a download which is receiving tons of visitors. Wouldn't it be great if you knew where these visitors were coming from?

Well now you *sorta* do, as the stats page has a new section (at the bottom), where it shows referrers from the past few minutes. It is incredibly basic, but it is a start and if you enjoy it, we can take it a step further and add more detailed information. I've included Minecraft as an example, but this works for news articles and downloads. To see that in action just click the visitor count for this post on the right ->

This also means that we can track users cheating the popularity system, which sadly seems to be happening more frequently. So don't cheat unless you want your game or mod banned from the site.

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architectts Jun 23 2011 says:

aHA! Very useful.
wait, why did one of my visitors come from a porn site?

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INtense! Jun 23 2011 says:

It is only for the last few minutes, but very handy for tracking an explosion of visitors. For example we ran a witcher competition a month ago, but last week it just exploded in popularity. If you goto the stats log:

You can see that the competition was mentioned on the official witcher blog, hence the visitors.

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Garyn Dakari Jun 23 2011 says:

Oh look, the article's back. Oh darn, the feature's gone :(

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phipe Jun 23 2011 says:

I think this was a funny quick withdrawal of a feature. I do hope not Too much work was put into it.

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INtense! Jun 23 2011 replied:

A couple hours work... frustrating but no biggie

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kimbaggio Jun 23 2011 says:


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█Black/Brunez█ Jun 23 2011 says:

Men, I will miss that feature. A LOT

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TheUnabridgedGamer Jun 23 2011 says:

I hate the sound of this anyway.

I don't really want to hear about where my visitors came from, that's their own business. They're interest in my game is all I need to know about. This isn't Facebook, and I fear the day this website becomes like it...

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Cry-Ruan Jun 23 2011 replied:

I beg to differ, knowing your audience and the effectiveness of your media channels is paramount. :)

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jjawinte Jun 24 2011 replied:

I have to agree with " fallen " to a point - not the FB part, but it is a handy tool if you want to know. If not, you can ignore it.

By the same token, it's this " paramount " need to know mentality that has so easily mutated the tracking for such simple [ individual ] stats into " information gathering and exploitation " by more ambitious parties ( ie. porn spamming ) IMHO.

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Squiggers Jun 24 2011 says:

Unfortunate that this had to be disabled, I think many would have found it quite useful to find out where their PR is working, and where it isn't.

Its something thats used on youtube, you can find out where your videos are posted/linked to as well. Its a marketing tool that helps to see where people are finding your stuff, like say Crymod, polycount or the Epic Games forums, and coming from there to see your work. Helps with PR anyway. :)

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architectts Jun 28 2011 says:

Damn you PERVS!

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DEAD_FiSH Jul 15 2011 says:

The one thing I don`t understand is "cheating the popularity system".

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