Yes, you have come to the right place, there are lots of people who use these forums, thus, there is lots of help when you need a hand/hint/pointer. I have learnt lots after asking advice here. Many rewarding posts to come hopefully!
First and foremost, I am familiar with discussion forums as a means of communication on the Web but this is the first time I've become seriously engaged in discussions related to Web site administration. After reading some threads within the various sections of Webmaster World I'm now painfully aware that I should have been involved in this subject matter much sooner. E-nuff said about that for now.
I've operated one personal non-ecommerce site since 2003. It was officially launched in 2004. The domain name was purchased, or more accurately, rented, so that I could have a place of my own on the Web -- a place with more space and bandwidth to play with than what the free hosting services (e.g., GeoCities) had to offer, + no ads.
The site has been on a few different servers run by the same budget hosting company since its inception.
There have been 2 choices for server-side analytics within this shared hosting environment. One of the products was in use for the first couple of years, and the other one has been in use since then. At no time that I am aware of has a client-side analytics technique been implemented, not even the page scripting to capture misc data like screen resolution that is part of the current product in use. I could expound upon my reason for this but I already digress.
Throughout the life of the site I have not placed emphasis on, or expended a lot of time, energy or money in trying to attain high page rank with search engines. It is not actively "marketed" in the traditional online -- or offline -- marketing sense. If visitors come, they come, and some do. For example, some of the bands I've photographed come to view the pics I took of them. (It's mainly a photo gallery site as I fancy myself an amateur photographer.) Friends and family stop by occasionally too but other than that and a boatload of visits from bots/crawlers/scrapers/whatever(!), it doesn't get a lot of traffic. I'm ok with that, though.
Also for the record, I'm not a formally-schooled Web site admin and have only recently been concerned with trying to really understand the data in the Web access log files fed to me by the hosting company. Crazy perhaps, but true. It's eye-opening to see what's going on even though I'm not sure what it all means. I also want to note that in my rather limited experience in that arena I seem to get better insight from the raw access logs than the compiled stats.
Without divulging too much more info at once, I want to let everyone know that the discussions taking place in the user agents identification forum are what initially captured my attention and resulted in my membership here. I hope to increase my knowledge in this subject and more, and I hope I can become a productive member with worthy insights to share with the community.