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a couple months back i noticed a 5X jump in monthly views - turns out that engineering had let loose a testing spider to monitor the site - thus inflating my stats...of course I wasn't told..found out the hard way.
I've always found Webtrends to be on the high side but, most of the tracking tools are "best guesses"
Something to try if you want to see actual page views even if a cached page is viewed by an AOL user or system cache by hitting the back button.
3.the filename of the image includes the random number.
4.the url of the image tag pointing to a server side script to record the hit.
5.server side script returns a 1 pixel gif.
works great for tracking ad impressions...