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How To Track Your Website Visitors


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If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. As an online business you have
understand how many visitors your site receives. You have to know how much time they spend there, where
they come from, and what pages they view.


Page View/ Page Impression – the number of times a web page is accessed, regardless of how many hits
generated.


Unique View - A page view by a unique person or robot. If a someone has visited your web page yesterday,
and ...



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If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. As an online business you have
understand how many visitors your site receives. You have to know how much time they spend there, where
they come from, and what pages they view.


Page View/ Page Impression – the number of times a web page is accessed, regardless of how many hits
generated.


Unique View - A page view by a unique person or robot. If a someone has visited your web page yesterday,
and they are returning today, their visit would qualify as a page view. The visit yesterday would qualify as a
page view since it is the original page view within the measured time period.


Referrer – An external page that links to your site. By studying your referrers, you can determine who is
linked to your site. Understanding your referrer data can help you where your search engine traffic is
coming from.


Counters


Perhaps you remember seeing page visitor counters on website you have visited in the past. You may have
seen a box showing that you are visitor number 37. Counters are normally located in the bottom section of a
web page. Page counters are a sign newbies. They are ugly and unprofessional. Worse, they are useless. The
data gained from counters are unreliable. Don’t use them.


Trackers


Trackers offer a more sophisticated option to analyze user behavior and site traffic. They provide more
indebt information than simply page counters. A tracker will break down your visitor statistics by date, time,
visitor, unique visitor, browser, page viewed, referrer, and many other values.


Using Your ISP's Statistical Package


Most hosting companies offer complimentary tracking software. Some of the most popular tracking
programs are AWStats and Webalizer. Both are open source programs, and they are free. Programs are easy
to use. Each has a graphical user interface. The statistical data is presented in an easy to understand layout.
Both AWStats and Webalizer will give you insight into where your site visitors are coming from, what web
pages they are visiting, how much time they spend there, and what browsers they are using. Before you
commit to a hosting company, check to see what statistical package they offer.




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