How to Analyze Your Web Site Traffic (Part 1 of a 3 Part ... 2002 by Herman Drost Getting traffic to your web site without ... it, is ... ... in a crowd. You hear voic
How to Analyze Your Web Site Traffic (Part 1 of a 3 Part Series) Copyright 2002 by Herman Drost
Getting traffic to your web site without analyzing it, is like being blindfolded in a crowd. You hear voices, but you don’t know which direction they are coming from or who they are. Without analyzing your web site traffic, it’s difficult to improve your web site marketing.
Know Your Traffic Language You should be aware of the different terms used to describe web site traffic, so as not to be confused about your web site visitors. Here are the main terms used:
Visit – these are all requests made by a specific user to the site during a set period of time. The visit is ended if a set period of time (say 30 minutes) goes by with no further accesses. Users are identified by cookies, username or hostnames/ip addresses.
Counting hits is not the same as tracking pageviews. It takes multiple hits to view a page.
Pageview/Impression – this is the number of times a page is accessed as a whole.
Unique View - A page view by a unique person within a 24 hour period.
Referrer - A page that links to your site. By looking at your referrers will tell you who's linked to your site. This can be particularly valuable for seeing where your search engine traffic is coming from.
User Agent - This refers to the software used to access your site. Sometimes known as a "browser" or "client", the term user agent can describe a PHP script, a browser like Internet Explorer, or a search engine spider like GoogleBot. If you can identify what software is being used to access your site, you'll be able to tell if users are abusing it, and when the search engines last crawled your pages.
In Part 2 of this article series we'll look at some of the ways to track your web site visitors.
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