Has anyone been watching their stats lately? They just don’t seem to make sense or add up, not like they used to. It might be because of the Clouds running around all over the place and jumping from physical server to physical server, we just don’t know. It would take someone more technical then me to be able to figure all that floating data out. One thing I do know is that with the 3 different statistics programs I am running and even Google Analytics, the numbers are literally all over the place. Makes you wonder just how all the information is collected and tabulated for our consumption. One thing I do know is that the numbers became rather fluid since Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 have been released. Here is a run down of 4 different days that I looked at and you can see what I mean about not adding up.
Stats for Mar 15 StatPress WordPress Stats Server Logs Google Analytics Visitors 234 451 626 222 Pageviews 1067 2068 402 Stats for Mar 31 StatPress WordPress Stats Server Logs Google Analytics Visitors 151 1103 988 610 Pageviews 631 2163 1140 Stats for Apr 01 StatPress WordPress Stats Server Logs Google Analytics Visitors 162 439 475 178 Pageviews 293 2133 375 Stats for Apr 02 StatPress WordPress Stats Server Logs Google Analytics Visitors 112 54 201 34 Pageviews 208 682 78
You can plainly see that they are not picking everything up and all of them are set to not count mine or other author’s IP address. Really does make it hard to figure things out, even the counting software of some of the advertisers do not contain the same information.
If these numbers are because of the new privacy setting in the browsers then blog owners and advertisers are going to have to find another way to really know how many times an ad and or page has been loaded and looked at. Without that kind of information that is accurate and available then bloggers wont know how many people are seeing thier pages and advertisers will not be able to make any revenue from clicks and impressions because none of the statistical information that they have on hand will be accurate. I hope that the makers of these fine programs will get things tuned up for the new browsers for it is just going to get worse as more and more people switch to them with the default tracking set to off.
Now the information that I have gathered here is just my observations of what is happening and is no way an indication that everyone else will see the same results. You just have to think about this, if I am seeing it happen with the small amount of traffic I am getting for a new blog, how is it going to affect those that have much more traffic coming to their websites. All your stats programers out there, please make note of what is happening and find us a solid solution for seeing just how many new faces we are seeing at our websites. We really need to know so that we can make sure to bring then new and interesting posts on a continuing basis. If we don’t see traffic what would be the incentive to post anything at all?
It’s just something to think about.
P.S. For all you naysayers out there that think I am just trying to fill a page let me give you a run down on how long it took to make this post from start to finish. Graphics: 30 minutes; Stats Comparison: 30 minutes; Actual time to write it all up: 25 minutes. That is at least a total of an hour and 25 minutes to make an interesting post that you can read in under 5 minutes. Learn to appreciate your bloggers because it takes time to bring you the information that they write and collect.