i am pretty sure i am waaaaay behind the eight ball on this one, but i just discovered google analytics! totally brilliant!
i can see how many people visit here, where you're from, what type of browser you're using, everything! (ok not everything . . . just the important stuff)
my favorite part is looking at where people are coming from- brazil, europe, here- and laughing when i know who it is by where they're from (i keep getting hits from athens, GA- hi lucy!)
you can do it too- just get a google account (for free) and it walks you through the steps to put a tiny piece of code on your site. bam, you're in!
then you'll be getting lots of alaska hits i'm sure!