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    Who should I trust Webalizer oder Google Analytics

    I'm a little bit wondering what statistics I should trust.
    We are running our site since 1999 and are glad to have around 1400 visitors a day - that's what webalizer says...
    But Google Analytics disagrees:

    Now here a comparison for yesterday:

    Webalizer: 1401 Visitors / 10222 Pages
    Google Analytics: 511 Visitors / 2807 Pages

    (Also interesting: GoogleAdsense counts 2524 Pageviews)

    Now how comes the difference of 300% about?
    (Foreign pages do not have access to our images.)

    All google statistics are defined through a JavaScript. So I guess this is the problem.
    But do 66% of all web users have JS turned off? I don't think so. Crawlers have turned them of. But when I analyze the webalizer statistics, I don't find so many crawlers.

    In webalizer I gouped all GoogleBots, so Top visitors IPs says:
    Google with
    0.17% Visits
    13.35 % Documents
    40.38% Trafficvolume (We have large download documents - which are freely accessible only for Google, which might explain this enormous percentage)

    And I grouped all agents (with a list I found in the internet). The top agents are Firefox with 78% and GoogleSpider with 10%

    I think I did something wrong with the grouping of Firefox (the wildcard thing I added), but Google should be all right:

    Code:
    GroupAgent      rv:1.4  Mozilla 1.4
    #GroupAgent      rv:1.7  Firefox etc. (Mozilla 1.7)
    #GroupAgent      rv:1.8  Firefox etc. (Mozilla 1.8)
    GroupAgent      *rv:1.7*  Firefox etc. (Mozilla 1.7)
    GroupAgent      *rv:1.8*  Firefox etc. (Mozilla 1.8)
    GroupAgent      3.01    Navigator 3.01 (16-bit version)
    GroupAgent      4.01    Internet Explorer 4.01
    GroupAgent      5.01    Internet Explorer 5.01
    GroupAgent      5.0     Internet Explorer 5.0
    GroupAgent      5.23    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.22    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.21    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.17    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.16    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.15    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.14    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.13    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.12    Internet Explorer (Mac)
    GroupAgent      5.5     Internet Explorer 5.5 (Windows)
    GroupAgent      6.0     Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows)
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/3.04Gold        Netscape 3.04 Gold
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/4.04    Netscape 4
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/4.06    Netscape 4
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/4.08    Netscape 4
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/4.5     Netscape 4.5
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/4.7     Netscape 4.7
    GroupAgent      Mozilla/4.8     Netscape 4.8
    GroupAgent      MSIE    Internet Explorer
    GroupAgent      Mozilla Netscape
    
    
    GroupAgent      Googlebot Spider: Googlebot
    GroupAgent      Mediapartners-Google* Mediapartners-Google
    
    HideAgent      Googlebot

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    I have not found Webalizer to be very accurate.

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    Could it be the definition of visitors (unique visitors in xx hours) and pageview (unique/raw) difference between the two?

    Personally, I would keep in mind the conservative numbers.
    - Son Nguyen
    AdSpeed.com - Ad Serving and Ad Management Made Easy

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    Maybe an interesting information for others:

    When I spoke to marketing people I found out, that they usually say, that there is a relation of 1:4 when talking about real page impressions based on the ones from a server log (i.e. Webalizer, AWStats...).

    The Relation of real people (visits) seams so be something like 1:3.

    All the rest are bots (often just hitting the robots.txt).


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