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March 15, 2006



There are ways to ascertain the number of "unique visitors", if you're interested in that. You can use a stats script like awstats, if your host has that implemented. They'll show unique visitors. Awstats even detects which visitors are actually just robots (spiders crawling your site). If you can access your own server logs for the site, you can make a spreadsheet with the data and eliminate multiple instances of identical IP addresses, which is what I did before I had awstats installed.

Congratulations, by the way. Apologetics really is experiencing a boom these days and I'm glad to be around in an age where answers are so much more easily accessible. Being familiar with your work at Catholic Answers, I find it easy to see why you are the Director of Apologetics, and I am glad that your exposure is increasing. Sometimes you have such detailed answers to questions on the CA radio show and I wonder, "How in the world did he remember that without having to look it up." It's impressive, how much you've studied and retained, given the depth of the Catholic faith and the sheer volume of resources. It's probably most evident during those unrehearsed random Q & A segments on the radio show. The blog here is an extension of this, some brain-food with some fun mixed in. Keep it up!


Congratulations Jimmy. It doesn't seem that long ago when I seem to recall you were getting 500 hits a day, Well done.

May God continue to Bless your ministry.


Well, it is a good site, and you're a good apologist. No rocket science there ...

Congrats Jimmy and keep up the good work!!

I, for one, am grateful that God has provided a good defender of the faith; one whom we can all turn to for them tough questions.

Don't fill that 10 gallon hat, y'hear?!


Laura K

I wonder if this figure takes into account all those who subscribe via RSS feeds and don't actually click on the website. I don't know how that works. As a daily reader via subscription, I might suggest the numbers might be far higher.

Fr. Stephanos, O.S.B.

Two million served!

Golden arches: jiMMy


Congratulations! That's truly a great stat, as it means more and more people are seeking answers and finding the right place for them. I've known of your work with Catholic Answers for some time, but only recently found a link to your blog on a friend's blog. I'll link to you and see if I can generate another hit each year. :) Keep up the great work!

Kevin Jones

So envious....

I actually make a point to subscribe only to abbreviated RSS feeds, clicking through to the full post, so that the blog host can get an idea of how many actually read his posts.


I get the impression that RSS feeds are counted... they aren't on sitemeter, however. am I wrong?


I'm not 100% sure as I don't use RSS for my site, even though I have the option, but if anything, RSS "hits" would show as hits on the .rdf, .xml, or .rss file at the site. In the case of this site, they'd show as hits on http://www.jimmyakin.org/index.rdf, i.e. the file at the root of the site, "index.rdf"--the same file that provides the feed.

It would make sense that sitemeter wouldn't register them, because sitemeter needs the graphic image embedded into a page to tell sitemeter that someone's hit it. Only html/htm and php files allow you to do that, as far as I know. I don't think you can embed a sitemeter graphic into an .rdf .rss, or .xml file. However, the server logs would show the hits on those files; the server itself knows when something is hit, regardless of the file. Awstats would show the hits, also, because it gets its data straight from the server logs.

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