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Consistency Between Stats Programs
Posted 08 March 2004 - 11:48 AM
I just started tracking the statistics of a client using E Comm Stats, which seems very cool so far, especially since the first 50,000 page views are free.
I used to use Web Log Expert Lite for this client, until their web host changed servers and the logs are daily, not monthly. Before the server change, I downloaded the stats log monthly and ran them through the analyzer. The average daily visitors was about 130.
It's only been 4 days, but viewing my stats through ecommstats.com, I see that my average daily visitors is about 15.
I can't believe it. What could explain the huge difference in daily visitors? Does it have to do with the statistics program?
Thanks for any insight.
Posted 08 March 2004 - 06:08 PM
I just wanted to ask if that stat is from the Averages box on the Summary page in Ecommstats? If so, then it might just be because the dates are probably set to the full month, but you only have 4 days of data in there, so if you change the data range from when you started to today then that should be more accurate.
There are also variances depending on what each program defines a Visit to be, but I think if you do the data range change, it will probably be pretty close.
Posted 08 March 2004 - 07:33 PM
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Posted 08 March 2004 - 08:48 PM
Some count the same IP as a new person after a set amount of time has lapsed, some are better than others at determining when more than one user is coming from the same IP address (such as several users in the same office). Some count your visits, others don't.
I'd pick a program and stick with it for a benchmark that you can use going forward- when you are looking at stats, the numbers are relative and need to be compared to similar numbers over time.
Prophecy makes a good point about the average probably falling over different time periods too! That can make a huge difference.
Posted 09 March 2004 - 02:44 PM
I changed the date range and the numbers stayed the same - ranging from 10-20 visits a day. And I saw that the title of the field was "Visits," not "Average Visits."
Although it seems that that number must be right, I can't believe I was deluded since last April into thinking that I had about 130 visitors a day. Oy, wait til my client sees his new numbers.
Thanks for your insight, too, Scottie. Maybe that's why the numbers were higher - because of different ways of counting a visitor.
Posted 10 March 2004 - 01:56 PM
Any product that claims to measure visitors without using cookies is one to avoid, even if the pricetag seems appealing. You cannot get dependable numbers on visitors without them.
Log files tell you one thing but when you start using cookies to track visitors, it adds a whole new level.
Posted 10 March 2004 - 02:00 PM
I use hitslink.com for my client web sites. That way I at least know I am getting consistent results across the sites.
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