Lies, damn lies, and site statistics

March 8th, 2007

I give up. I cannot figure out how many legitimate readers come to this site on a given day.

I have access to four different statisitics-tracking techniques and each one reports a wildly different number.

For example:

For yesterday (a semi-slow day on average, viagra canada find but one I have stats from all four systems for), viagra one tracker reports just 55 visitors.

Another reports 217.

A third reports 359.

And the last one reports 621.

As near as I can figure, illness the differences come from where the tracking code is embedded and whether the tracking software undercounts because it doesn’t track RSS feeds or overcounts because it includes spiders…etc….etc…

And then, of course, you can also have unexpected elements that can wildly skew your readership. For months, I was routinely getting over a thousand visits a day. Unfortunately, they were all from Google searches that brought people to From Where I Sit looking for a particularly hot photo of Tyra Banks.

So basically, I quit.

As much as I’d love to know how many of you are out there, I can’t trust any of the methods I’m currently using to give me an accurate reading and distinguish between spiders, spam-links, and serious readers.

I have an idea: how about each of you join me for a party at my house?

I’ll buy the pizza and bring the clicker/counter.

Spambots and spiders not invited.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Casper  |  March 8th, 2007 at 11:52 am

    I would think it’s bad enough that I already know where you work…now you’re going to tell me where you live?!?

  • 2. Coop  |  March 8th, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    I’ll make dessert. Any chocoholics out there? I’ve got some awesome chocolate desserts…

  • 3. Josh Schroeder  |  March 10th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    My SiteTracker just died a few days ago. Hasn’t come back yet.

  • 4. Tracy Coyle  |  March 13th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I have two readers, counting me. I have been posting for 2(+?) years. I blog to empty the brain of debris (some, having read my blog, suggest there wasn’t much in there to begin with – I ignore them…)

    Who cares which is right? Milwaukee is too far but I am curious: who’s pizza?

  • 5. Administrator  |  March 13th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Well, the best pizza in the world comes from Dino’s Bocce Club in Buffalo, N.Y.

    But as I don’t think they deliver to Milwaukee, we’d probably get it from the Calderone Club downtown.

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