Several days ago I signed up with Site Meter to complement my WP stats. I have noticed that site meter has me with way more page views and other stats than WP. I am curious what is causing or leading to this discrepancy. I know that WP has been having some stat counting issues. Does WP stats –after you fix the bugettas–catch up to and include the stats that it missed during the down time???
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Part of the reason is that the WP stats do not count your own page views.
Hmmm. Why is that Dr. Mike? I am new to this whole stat thing and do not know one end from the other concerning Stats. I just see that my hits are increasing which is encouraging. How would you suggest that I interpret stats from my end. I have gone from 29 in the first 3 days of my blog to 717 in the last 2 weeks. This apparently is not including page views from what you are telling me. What do these Stats show me, apart from page views?
Thanks again for your help Dr. Mike.
First thing i would do is tell SiteMeter to ignore hits from your browser. There’s an option for this in the management part of their site (once you’re signed in). Normally people don’t want their own views in their stats, because they, presumably, look at their page pretty often. Those numbers can do some serious skewing.
Make sure you understand the difference between visits and page views, and read everything on both your wordpress stats page and your SiteMeter page. SiteMeter has an explanation of how & what they count that should give you a clearer picture.
Thanks for the information. I went to site meter and did what you suggested. I was told that if it continues I must accept 3rd party cookies. I do not want to open that door. What would you suggest?
I would look at both Sitemeter and WordPress.com stats as benchmarks; what really matters is not the absolute number at any given point, but rather the change over time. Track those changes, because those will give you the real information about your site.
Incidentally, I find quite the opposite: WP.com stats are higher than Sitemeter stats. Not sure why you and I would have such different results.
Hmm. I may be wrong. I think the stats are higher on site meter because they count my visits. I do not know if I want to enable 3rd party cookies to keep site meter from not counting my visits. Do you have a better stat counter in mind that would complement WP.com?
Also, I am not quite sure when you said, “what really matters is not the absolute number at any given point, but rather the change over time. Track those changes, because those will give you the real information about your site” as I am not familiar with how to conduct such as what to look for in tracking those changes. If you could please be as detailed as possible in showing me how to conduct such an analysis, raincoaster.
Thanks for your help my friend.
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