|10-28-2011, 08:24 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Barleylands, United Kingdom
Google Analytics confuse me! :(
Okay, I have google analytics plug-in running on my blog.
The problem is that Hostgator stats and Google Analytics stats are VERY different: yesterday, Hostgator shows 83 visits, meanwhile Google Analytics shows 22 visits.
I know that stats should be different because Google doesn't count bots etc., but when one shows almost four times more traffic than the other, I get confused. Is this normal, or did I install the plug-in incorrectly?
|10-28-2011, 10:54 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Also, make sure you're not comparing visits to unique visits.
But that's pretty normal. I prefer looking at Google, because there's so much more you can do with the data in there, and I think relative changes in traffic are more useful for making decisions than absolute figures. Like seeing which topics are getting the most traffic compared to the others, which topics draw people further into the site versus which make people bounce, and so on. You can find all that in Google analytics.
|10-29-2011, 08:38 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Brisbane Australia
Don't worry you are not the only one that is confused by this.
I have one website that Google Analytics shows 116 visits this month, whilesite stats are showing 1600, that is a variance of about 14 times....
At the end of the day i think it is best to pick the form of stats to trackand watch how that changes based on what you do. But more importantly as WarrenG says track what content is getting the visits.
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