I have no readers. Probably because I have no content with witch to get people to come visit. But, I hope to have some good content some day, and I would like to know that people are visiting me when that happens.The most popular way to do this is with the Google Analytics tools. Yes there are plenty of other options, but I want free and easy to use, which is achievable with these tools.
Signing up takes nothing once you have your Google account, just sign into Analytics with that account and answer some questions for your site. You can add more sites later, so you are not locked into your choices here.
Integrating with WordPress used to be hard, you had to copy and paste the code somewhere in your template that would be displayed on all the pages you needed. Now days it’s just another use for plugins. I went with Google Analyticator, mostly because it supported the modern code used by Analytics and because it included a widget for the admin dashboard that embedded basic stats for the site. With my data right there, I can catch things earlier, and act upon them in necessary.