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Web Traffic Stats?

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  1. .co.uk United Kingdom

    .co.uk Active Member

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    Total Hits
    Total Files
    Total Pages
    Total Visits
    Total KBytes

    Total Unique Sites
    Total Unique URLs
    Total Unique Referrers
    Total Unique Usernames
    Total Unique User Agents

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    Which are the real key indicators regarding traffic?
    And what do the others mean?
    Anyone?
     
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  3. fred United Kingdom

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    Pages - number of WebPages viewed

    Visits - number of different 'sessions'

    KBytes - the amount of data (bandwidth)

    Referrers - the referring website

    User Agents - the browser software used

    Hits - 1 page with 3 images = 4 hits (404-page not found is also a hit)

    Files - Number of files served, a 404 does not count, only requests that result in a data being served.

    Unique Sites - Unique IP addresses to access your site.

    Unique URLs - Unique URLs accesses, so
    http://www.yourdomain.com/page.asp?string=cheese and
    http://www.yourdomain.com/page.asp?string=feet would be 2.

    Usernames - if you have users set up (i.e. log-ins to access the site/part of the site)


    I tend to find that Total Pages and Total Visits are the most useful
     
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    Thanks fred!
    Now I can make more sense of all those titles.:razz:
     
  5. Edwin

    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Least useful (and most quoted) is "hits".

    People like to quote it because it's a huge number - for example, a page with 7 graphics on it would register 8 hits when it loads (1 for the page, 1 for each of the graphics). If somebody visits 20 pages in one visit, and each page has 9 graphics, that's 200 hits attributable to 1 visitor. However, unless you know exactly which pages each visitor visited, and how many elements each one was made up of, "hits" are a meaningless number.

    Many people don't even understand what a "hit" is, they just see that their site got half a million of the things last month and think wow-oh-wow whereas if it's a heavily graphical site that might only correspond to a few thousand pageviews and perhaps a thousand or so visitors!
     
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