I’m a Stats Junkie! I track a multitude of the variables on my blog and use them to determine effectiveness of my blog posts, my readership and structure my Blog Design and Marketing Strategies based on what I learn. I have to admit that sometime I think I spend too much time on these tasks but hey – it beats the Guesswork!

Since multiple stats packages present us with a slightly different information I tend to use each one for a very specific tasks and performance evaluation. But implementing all the tracking introduces tremendous extra load times to our blogs and in this post I will share how an implementation of ONE plugin decreased loading speed of my blog 10 times!

Google Analytics is by far best package you can have at no cost on your blog and it presents you with just about any piece of information you could possibly need – ALMOST! It lacks perhaps the most important stat for any blogger – Number of RSS Subscribers and RSS usage. It is also can be overwhelming to use due to a huge amount of information available and while it remains my main package, I prefer to use another Free tool that gives me a good overview at a glance…

FeedBurner PRO Stats – made available for free only a few month ago this tool is a great analytical package for any blogger and I highly recommend you get one going. I had it implemented for a while on my own blog and the only issue I ever had with it – huge increase in page load time!

To integrate FeedBurner Stats into your blog you have to place a Javascript Code inside the Loop which means that script is accessed for EVERY SINGLE post on your page. Even a small script pulled 10 times (or however many posts you show on front page) adds a huge delay to page load.

Lo and Behold! Digging through the web this morning I have discovered a superb solution by Eric at http://ericulous.com called Genki FeedBurner SiteStats. This little plugin allows you to remove the FeedBurner Stats code from the loop and places it into theme footer.

Load time on my blog instantly was decreased 10 times! Simple to implement and requires No Hand Coding, just install and configure.