I guess if it was your own website then you'd have control and access to ip addresses etc. and you could pull figures from there..but seeing as ning is the host, is there any method of knowing how many hits your page has had?
Google Analytics is good and I've used it before. I just don't trust them anymore than I do another big company or corporation. So I deleted it.
A friend told me about StatCounter. I agree with Richard. It's a great site to help you keep track of the visitors to your site and is FREE. If I remember correctly, I believe the only option to choose is counting the Main Page loads/visits per day. This gives you a good idea of how your site is doing. They will even send you an e-mail once a week with your totals. Just click that Option.
Have got this cute little counter (of statcounter.com) at the bottom of the homepage http://amaidifoundation.ning.com/profile/Amaidi. The stat's set on 'public', which means that you're able to see my stats. If anyone wants to have an experience of how such a thing looks/feels like, be my guest.
And - honestly - this is NOT meant to be a sneaky way of attracting traffic to my site (although I'm happy when you pass by, of course ;-)
That's the place to do it Nelson. At least, in my case, that is the only way I've found to add embeded codes to the main page on the site. It seems to work pretty well.
However, you are limited to the maximum number of widgets or codes you can have in each Text Box. I think that is the way it works. Because I came across the error message one time on my site. I believe I was trying to add 2 or 3 embed codes to the same text box and it told me I was already at the maximum.
Kind of like when you are on the Features under the Manage tab. You are allowed a maximum of 20 on your main page. It will start giving you a warning message when you get close to that number.