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Old 13th August 2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Webalizer Stats Versus Google Analytics Stats

I figured I would get a better answer on this forum because it seems to have more web savvy members than some of the others...so, my question is this:

There is a huge difference in "visits" tracked by Webalizer for sites on my web server versus the "visits" tracked by Google Analytics for the same site.
Now, I know what visits, hits and files are, unique visitors, etc. So, if Webalizer, the server-based program, says a site had 1,000 visitors in a month, but Google, the client-based program, said it had 350, for example, which is the better indicator of actual traffic. The server-based program or the client-based program?

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Old 14th August 2009, 02:11 AM   #2
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Comparing the results using more than one statistics monitoring software will surely provide different results as each program uses different matrix for measuring the results.The reason why Google Analytics reports lower numbers, may be that the reader has JavaScript, cookies and/or images disabled.Google does not count robot traffic. This may be the main factor leading to lower number of visits.
Depending on what you are looking for when analyzing traffic, Webalizer stats are more accurate, but Google Analytics will be better if you are looking just for visits by actual people to certain pages. Log files are much less sophisticated at understanding distinct visitors, paths and sessions.

So according to me ,i think that Google analytics gives the actual traffic.

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Old 14th August 2009, 07:37 AM   #3
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Default Good thoughts

Thanks for the insight. I appreciate it. Just wanted to give clients an honest picture of traffic. Inexact science at best, but trying to get as close to a true picture as possible.

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Old 14th August 2009, 09:34 AM   #4
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The big disturber in all this are all those robots that prowl cyberspace. How any analytics software handles those can be critical in any comparisons.

Trying to get to understand comparisons may not be the best use of resources. It is much more useful to compare results over time from any reputable analytics process. You will learn much more useful information that way.

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I would like to combine using data from Google analytics and AWstats for this purpose.

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Well, I'm currently using Google Analytics, and pretty sattisfied with the results, and as the results of my work show, I actually don't need compare it with something of the kind, so I've never been interested in such sort of investigation.And I see you've made a good research here, really interesting...

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Trying to get to understand comparisons may not be the best use of resources. It is much more useful to compare results over time from any reputable analytics process. You will learn much more useful information that way.
Bingo! The real usefulness of analytics is not in determining absolute numbers at some distinct point in time (how many visitors you had yesterday) but in determining trends over time (how traffic has gone up and down over the past six months) and locating pages/paths within the site that underperform relative to the rest.

The important thing is to find an analytics package that presents relevant data in a way you find easy to use.

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I have found this problem with the indexing of the site, since when i do site:url index check for any website and use any other tool for checking the indexed pages there are different results displayed. Apart form this the back links displayed are also different.

Its only the different tools uses different programs to show up the results

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Comparing the results using more than one statistics monitoring software will surely provide different results as each program uses different matrix for measuring the results.The reason why Google Analytics reports lower numbers, may be that the reader has JavaScript, cookies and/or images disabled.Google does not count robot traffic. This may be the main factor leading to lower number of visits.
Depending on what you are looking for when analyzing traffic, Webalizer stats are more accurate, but Google Analytics will be better if you are looking just for visits by actual people to certain pages. Log files are much less sophisticated at understanding distinct visitors, paths and sessions.

So according to me, i think that Google analytics gives the actual traffic.

Very nice and helpful explanation! I do agree to the fact that although Webalizer is good for accurate results but for certain important factors like unique and overall count of visits, Google Analytic shows actual count and hence correct traffic analysis. I suppose the concern is related to give fare analysis of traffic to client in case of "caseyturton", for this I will suggest to go for Google Analytic.

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