Essential Pepper, for Mint
Mint is a fairly new site statistics program that's become popular rather quickly. (I wrote about Mint briefly in Monitoring Site Statistics.) In my opinion, Mint itself is a good application, but it's resultant data is rather minimalistic. Mint has a plugin API (known as "Pepper") that allows developers to extend and reinterpolate Mint's data in other ways. With Pepper, Mint becomes an exceptional tool. I'm using several Peppers with our Mint installation.
- AdSense Click Pepper lets you track Google AdSense clicks and reports the page, ad unit size, ad number, and time.
- Current Activity Pepper will tell you who's on your site right now, and what they're looking at.
- Download Counter Pepper tracks how many times a file has been downloaded by tracking user-specified file types.
- Error Tracker Pepper will report the basic server error types and how they were found.
- Feedburner Stats Pepper will let your monitor the readership of your Feedburner feed. I wish it supported multiple feed reporting.
- Outclicks Pepper records the links people follow when they leave your site.
- Referrer Rollup Pepper simply tallies referrers to show you who brings you the most traffic.
- Sparks! Pepper draws a little bar or line chart (a "spark") of your traffic; just a little visualization aid.
Of course, the basic Peppers that Shaun supplies with Mint are essential, too: Default, Local Searches, and User Agent 007. But I'd expect everybody has and uses those!