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Analytics Numbers Vs. Real Numbers

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2:22 pm on Aug 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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SO I am not sure where to post this, I figured this might be about the best place....

I have a site that gets soime traffic. My site has what I call "Category" pages that list a series of "Items". Each "Item" page has sub-pages that directly relate to each "Item"- those may be descriptions, pictures, reviews, etc, all related to that specific Item.

In the process of making the site, I made the Category pages static, that is, I run a script and build them all every day at 1 am. Because of rather intensive sorting of items and the load that put on the server, this seemed like the best solution. The Item pages (and sub-pages) are dynamic.

Because the pages are dynamic, I put in a page counter. For every page. But it also checks against a MySQL database and only increments the counter IF the ip and the item number (unique) are NOT already in the table. So my "Hits" count should be low of actual- it does NOT count repeat hits, and it does NOT count any sub-page hits.

So I just recently decided to add a hit counter on the Category pages, too. Because they are static, I just added an IFRAME call to a script to increment a counter. I would guess it is also low in counting because it only counts hits to the first page of a category (some can be 10's to 50's of pages deep), and, again, it only counts once based on an IP/Category Number match.

So my point is that my numbers should be real hits, not fake-able, and low.

So over the past 24 hours, MY hits show 28,000 pages and 8,500 categorys. Not too shabby.

Here is my question. Google Analytics shows 3,500 for the same period.

OK, that is a BIG discrepancy...

I would like to know why my numbers- which should be LOW, are ten times higher than Goog....

Thanks!

Dave
4:11 pm on Aug 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Could it be bot hits your counter is measuring, and GA is discounting that?
3:01 pm on Aug 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Analytics mostly shows "session" or "user" counts versus page views. A session being an entire visit by a user no matter how many page views.
"Behavior" "Site Content" "All Pages" graphs and tallies page views.
Just a thought.
4:25 pm on Aug 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. I was thinking that it might be bots, but the difference is so great. Is it conceivable that I would have that many bots vs that many users?