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    Senior Member waynarky's Avatar
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    Hi All

    Im trying to figure out my stats. I see different categories (unique, hits, views) but dont know what the definitions are. Obviously unique is a single user that comes to the site from a certain IP address. But what is a hit? My unique hits is 166 but hits is near 12000. What figure do I give to clients when they want to know how many hits I get?

    Thanks

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    Senior Member straight_up's Avatar
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    Give both. "I get 12000 hits a month, 166 unique."

    Incidentally, that is a really strange gap. Each visitor is visiting, what, 75 pages? Does that include images, I wonder? Typically it shouldn't.
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    A page view is a view of a single page by anybody. A hit is a request for an item on the server. A page view can consist of many hits (one for each image, style sheet, the page itself, etc.).
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    Senior Member jbagley's Avatar
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    I use 3 different packages to track my sites stats. Google analytics, Shortstat, and analog.

    They all report different amount of hits / uniques / referrers etc. But I've noticed that google and shortstat aren't tracking every request to my site either.

    As filburt says, a hit is a request for every page on your server that gets called. So if you have a page that uses includes for the db connection, navigation bar, header and footer of the page, that will get you 5 hits, 1 unique, 1 view.

    Then the user clicks on your contact page, you will then get 4 hits, 0 unique, 1 view. (4 hits = contact page, header, footer, navbar)

    Is that correct what Im saying filburt? :classic:

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