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Dashboard Stats vs Site Meter stats

  1. talkingbaseball

    Dr. Mike, RC or any other wise person reading this post, please give me your opinion on which stat counter / blog counter would stand out from among the rest, for ease of use, thorough analytics and real time capability

    They are all pretty much about the same. Just do the research yourself. Sign up for a few; stick them all on your site; and pick the one that gives you the most visitors.

  2. Honestly, Craig, why don't you stick with SiteMeter (which i think you said you already have) and see how well it works for you? Recommendations from others are always going to have the caveat that what they want out of stats may not be the same as what you want. You keep saying you're new to all this, so why not give yourself a chance to see what works and what doesn't? Just relax, sit back for a few days or a week and see what happens.

  3. Thanks so much for your help. I need to do the research. Thanks RC, Dr.Mike. TB and Judy. Have a great weekend.

  4. I've been using active meter for several weeks, and it has yet to be the same as the WP stats on hits. I've been letting things run for a while so that the time differences would be less obvious and sort of even out. I run a Mac, and use Firefox for my site admin and such, and use Safari for normal browsing. Tonight was the first time I had noticed that when I went to my site with Safari (not logged in) that it counted my visits, which could account for some of the discrepancies between WP and active meter. If you have your homepage set to your blog, as I do, I would suggest staying logged in all day and that way you aren't skewing your hits.

    Dr mike or RC or someone else at WP, is there any way that you guys could use a cookie so that when we are not logged in, our visits will not be counted?

    Just wondering. Now that I know this skews my results, I've changed my homepage and will not visit my site with a browser that is not logged in.

  5. As I've said many a time before: stats are not absolute numbers, they are only useful for comparing to one another, as in "how did I do today compared to how I did yesterday?" Intuitively, we believe that there should be a way to measure absolute hits, but that currently does not exist as far as I can tell. If it did, it would certainly count ALL your own visits to your blog as well as all spider/bot visits, and that would skew things to the point of meaninglessness.

    Your stats on one system will never exactly match your stats on another system unless they are the same system behind the scenes or there's been a coincidence. What would be strange is if one showed an increasing trend and the other didn't: that would be cause for concern, because it could indicate that one system isn't working properly.

    I actually haven't used my sitemeter in months. I have it only in case something catastrophic happens to the WordPress stat system.

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