I'm working on a project where people will be charged to post content on a website. I'd like to offer users the ability to track how popular their content is, but I don't want to log every page hit using PHP because that will also count visits from crawlers, etc.
Shaun Inman has done something similar (and a lot more complex) with Mint, but I'm not really sure how it works.
I'm sure this is really simple, but I want to get it right. Any thoughts?