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Im at this game for about 6 months now, and I am looking at monthly stats between Google analytics and Net Applications (zstats).
The page views and unique visitors are different for both. I don't know why this would be? Even when I specify organic visitors in Google analytics, the figure is different to net applications.
I'm at a loss....
i would think that bot visits might be affecting the figures, but google analytics wouldnt show them?
have a look at the traffic sources and compare them - is there any particular source that one application is counting but the other isnt?
The number or robots, and methods to identify them, increases every day. From an analytics point of view this is _very_ annoying. Each analytics company will have their own list of robot identifiers. This can extremely effect the statistics from one source to another.
It is also possible, depending on the tracking code, that some visitors are not executing some tracking code due to their security preferences.
the lovely folks in our IT dept have just destroyed our webtrends server and lost all our historic data (no backup either)
we also have index tools on several of our sites, but I'm struggling to justify renewing indextools or webtrends due to the cost and the fact google analytics does pretty much everything they do now - and its easier to use!
can anyone help me justify their cost?
i personally, have really struggled with getting any sort of reasonable service from Google analytics, and that's why i'm not looking for an alternative (a search which actually let me to this trail..)
joined:Jan 27, 2003
Don't get me wrong, as the first of the high-level free analytics packages it's a great solution, but as a user of a plethora of analytics systems, it certainly isn't my favourite.