I want to shed some light on a question that i have been wondering since day one with my page www.stabilitypads.com
When I look at my Weebly page visits, it really makes me happy because I am seeing positive traffic. However when I view my Google analytics data, it is significantly lower. Ten times lower to be approximate.
How does Weebly gather data differently than Google and which is more accurate for my site views.
So here's how our Site Stats work - we track views and unique visitors by IP Address. Google Analytics does it by setting a cookie.
Cookies are known to undercount visits, since they might be disabled or otherwise blocked, they may not expire between visits taken to the site over multiple days, or the visitor may leave the page before the cookie is processed.
Meanwhile... IP tracking can over-count since automated visits are included and some ISPs assign roving IPs to their customers that change constantly.
In general, the exact number of unique human visitors is somewhere towards the middle, between Weebly and Google.
These aren't flaws in either Weebly's or Google's stats, it's just that there will always be differences between server stats and third-party stats.
My stats seem to be extremely different between Google analytics & weebly. For example, on May 15th Weebly counted 962 page views, whereas Google counted zero. This is a constant trend between the two sets of stats. Most days Weebly shows between about 400 & 800 page views, whereas Google Ananlytics shows between 0 & 6. Why such a great discrepency?
Like @Brodie mentioned earlier, we track our stats differently than Google. When you track by IP like we do, you're going to get every single hit to the site regardless of the source. This means you're going to get a hit from every bot and spider crawling your site and more.
Because Google tracks by cookie, it's only going to get people using a browser who accept cookies (many people will turn this off) so it's very easy for Google to undercount.
So google analytics is pretty much useless then, if they count page views on my website per as approximately 10, whereas Weebly will count approximately 3,500. I don't fully understand bots & spiders. Does that mean that both systems are inherently wildly inaccurate?
They're both accurate based on how they track. Bots and spiders are automated tools used by search engines and so on to index your site. Google Analytics is super userful for the wealth of other information it also provides that goes much deeper than just a count of the number of hits to your site.
But if the other information Google analytics provides is based on visitors but it's not counting all the visitors by maybe hundreds per week, how accurate can that information be? And what percenatge, approximately, of Weebly's counts are bots, 10%, 50%, 80%? I am confused as to how reliable any of this information can be. There is obviously a definitve amount of visitors or page views per day made by real humans. How accurate to that figure are Google or Weebly's counts? I don't understand how both systems can be accurate whilst expressing totally opposite figures & yet still make sense. Can you elucidate? Thanks.
Think of it this way - tracking by IP is everything that sends a request for a page of your site no matter what it is. Google is a subset of this and will only have people using a browser that accepts cookies. By the way, how new is your site? Did you change the site address recently?