rogerd - 3:17 pm on Nov 30, 2001 (gmt 0) Looks like it might be time for some number-crunching to see if the path data is way out of whack with the rest of the data, or whether you are just seeing some really strange visit patterns. :(
Fom, 6 to 7 page views per visit sounds pretty good based on my experience, and why all your common paths would be one-pagers is hard to understand. (Certainly, having a number of one-page paths is very common. Many people arrive, take a look, and leave - I've seen sites where the home page alone was the most common path, followed by a couple of other entry pages that also became exit pages.) I suppose if there was a very high degree of randomness to the long visits, none of them might appear in your top paths... This seems unlikely, though - I usually find that there are some common paths even on large sites, e.g. "home page (usually a major entry page) - obvious/popular link1 - obvious/popular link2)". If you are looking at the visit numbers, and they don't seem to match the paths, there may be a problem with tracking the paths. Webtrends does have some difficulties with AOL and other ISPs that request from multiple IP addresses on the same visit. If this was a major problem, though, I doubt if you would be seeing 6 or 7 pages per visit. Multiple IP problems tend to depress that number, sometimes to the point of having more visits than page views.
Looks like it might be time for some number-crunching to see if the path data is way out of whack with the rest of the data, or whether you are just seeing some really strange visit patterns. :(