So you’ve developed your new website and set it live for the entire world to see. What do you do now? How do you know if anyone is visiting and if so, who are they? That’s where your website statistics come in. At first glance they can be kind of daunting. What’s the difference between unique visitors and hits? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’ve made this no-nonsense explanation of your websites stats so you can see what’s working and not working on your website.
Here are some of the more important statistics to look at:
Unique Visitors –This is one of the more important statistics to look at. The unique visitor’s statistic counts every IP address (we’ll say, computer) that visits your website. That means that if a user visits your site more than once (from the same computer) they will still only be counted once. There is a drawback to this statistic though. If someone visits your site from two different computers, the same user will be counted twice. Here’s an example, let’s say a user visits your site from their work computer, then goes home and visits your site from there, that user will be counted twice even though it’s the same user because they used two different computers with different IP addresses. Even so, this statistic gives you the most accurate count of how many people are actually visiting your website than any other statistic.
Number of Visitors –This is the total number of visits made by all visitors during the past month.