As you can see from the previous blog post I have a new friend on the WEB. Heather Stephens commented on my blog as I did previously on hers. And, it turns out, we are county neighbors in northern Illinois! She wrote me privately with the following. It is important so I decided to add it as a blog article.
Heather wrote: “… my visits/day on my site stats is very different than the visits on my Google analytics. I’m not sure why that is or which one to go by?…” I want to thank you for sending screen shots of the graphs so let me explain.
Some definitions are in order since the same words are used in different terms for different sources. I reference the images below: Note: These are not Heather’s stats and the Web site identities are not disclosed to protect the innocent.
Click on any image to see the full, expanded view.
The image on the far left are WordPress stats. Site stats come standard with WordPress.com blogs but you need a plugin (small pre-written program) to generate statistics for WordPress.org blogs or sites. You also need an API code. WordPress visits as shown are total page visits, not site visits.
Validate this by first hovering over the circle for any day of WordPress stats. The circle expands and the date and visits per day (say 50) is displayed. Click on the expanded circle and you link to a page with more details. That details page shows the same date near the top of the page (left side) followed by Page Views: 50.
The middle image are statistics from a Web host. Under daily average the yellow highlights visits while the teal shows pages. (as differentiated from ‘Hits’ far left.)
The image on the far right are Google statistics. As shown are monthly, but these can easily be shown as weekly or daily if desired.
I hope this helps….
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