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4:41 am
August 13, 2009


sandtiger media

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I have a site which has several link to from other index style sites. The amount of 'click thrus' shown by awstats is a lot lower than the figures supplied by the index site stats.. any ideas?

10:03 am
August 13, 2009


Jean-Luc

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Hi,

When site A links to site B (your site), if site A counts the outgoing clicks, site A will usually count more clicks than site B. The difference comes from web robots and from a few human visitors who do not follow redirects or who hide referrers.

How do you determine that a visitor comes from site A ? Results can vary depending on your method of measurement.

3:00 am
August 14, 2009


sandtiger media

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Hi,

Is it usual to see a difference of 300 on the index site stats (site A) to 50 (site B) on the awstats over 12 months? Seems a very big gap! And I would have expected to see more on site B if robots etc were in the way?

Thanks

3:46 am
August 14, 2009


Jean-Luc

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A ratio 300 / 50 is huge and, of course, sometimes people are lying about the number of visitors they send to your site, but I do not like to come to this conclusion to quickly.

We need to know how the measurements were made if we want to understand the differences. How did you determine that a visitor comes from site A ?

10:37 am
October 27, 2009


dawnmvol

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We have a portal website with hundreds of redirects to client websites. We regularly compare internal CT numbers with page views fromAWStats and the analytics from clients web analytics showing us as a refrrer. We expect some discrepencies but have been surprised at how large the gaps are. Could the use of 302 redirects be an issue with our referrals being registered by AWStats and/or GA?

4:56 pm
October 27, 2009


Jean-Luc

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Hi,

It is hard to make any comment on this without looking at it in detail. Part of the explanation is that AWStats usually count some robots as if they were visitors. Google Analytics does not do that. In fact GA does not even count all visitors as visitors.

This means that at your side, you have AWStats counting hits from robots on top of the number of real visitors and, at the other side, you have GA counting "most of" the real visitors. So yes, you should expect differences.

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