Question about Analytics vs. Concrete5 Statistics
C5 says I have 68914 visits since I first launched the site a year and half ago.
Last April I connected Google Analytics so I could get a better report on where the hits are coming from and what search engines are picking up.
Since April of 2010, Google Analytics says we've only had 813 visits.
My understanding of how C5 pulls it's reports is by pageviews...in which case Analytics says we have 2,178, which is still a huge difference.
I'm wondering which report is more accurate, and why there's such a huge gap between the 2.
it literally counts every page page view,
editing a page adds atleast 3 hits,
concrete5 is tracking literal page views. So every time you put a page in and out of edit mode that's actually 3 views. Etc.
concrete5 treats your entire dashboard as pages too.
and like todd said, google ignores bots.
Generally stats like this are annoyingly slippery so the best option is to just treat google as the standard that everyone is playing on. I know it's annoying, but that's kinda how I do it. If i'm talking to a business person in SFO about concrete5's growth I can drop that we had a million page views last month according to google analytics and they can believe what I'm saying, because its google analytics.
I'm getting the sense that the actual hits are closer to Google Analytics' numbers: 813
and not the 68,000 of Concrete5. :/ 68,000 sounds much better though. ;)
I noticed that some of the information on this thread may be outdated.
What is currently the most accurate and detailed way to track page views - and the easiest to install for a newbie who doesn't know anything about code?
CEO - PortlandLabs Inc
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! Will following the video
instructions and use google analytics.
Everything is going quite well with my site so far...sometimes the
captcha is glitch-y, but other than that I think I am off to a solid
Of course, you can always take a look at pjbraley.com and let me know
what you think, but I like it very much and don't believe there is a
CMS available that would have let a newbie like me build it as I saw
it in my head (with the help of your wonderful techs).
Thank you, as ever, for your concern and advice.
Quoting concrete5 Community <email@example.com>:
CEO - PortlandLabs Inc
Terminology: The terminology used in one program may not mean the same thing or may not be measured the same way as in another program. Pageviews are generally similar between vendors; however, it's much more difficult to define a visit or a visitor. In Analytics, if a user comes to your site twice within thirty minutes without closing their browser, they'll register as one visit. Other web analytics solutions may treat this behavior as two visits, depending on their definitions.
Tracking methods: There are two main methods of tracking activity: cookie-based and IP + User Agent.
Cookie-based tracking relies on a browser setting the cookie. If cookies are disabled, cookie-based analytics programs (such as Google Analytics) will not count the visit. This would exclude, for example, hits from a robot or spider.
IP + User Agent tracking typically uses log file analysis for its data. This may report higher numbers than reported by cookie-based tracking because of dynamically assigned IP addresses and spider and robot visits.