Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Google Analytics or Awstats?

  1. #1
    Jorge05r's Avatar
    Jorge05r is offline Net Builder
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    245
    Blog Entries
    8
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 57 Times in 31 Posts

    Google Analytics or Awstats?

    Ok, so today I noticed there's a huge difference in numbers between Google analytics report and the Awstats reports, everyone does. I know Google analytics is more accurate to learn how and why people visit each page, how long they stay on each page, which page visitors leave the most, etc.

    But when it comes to gather traffic information to show advertisers of the traffic progress such as pageviews and visits numbers, which one does provide better pageviews/visits traffic accuracy?

  2. #2
    gavenecko's Avatar
    gavenecko is offline Net Builder
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Las Cruces New Mexico
    Posts
    435
    Thanks
    61
    Thanked 26 Times in 21 Posts
    I cant answer your question, but I do notice the huge difference between pageview stats. Its really confusing and I don't know who to trust. I also notice a difference between Wordpress Blog Stats and Google Analytics. I DO really like that both show me how people find me and by what search terms or referral links.

  3. #3
    Jorge05r's Avatar
    Jorge05r is offline Net Builder
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    245
    Blog Entries
    8
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 57 Times in 31 Posts
    I did some quick research and I think analytics is more accurate when it comes to real human visitor stats.

    Awstats tracks even every single .php, bots, spyders request as pageviews and I actually care about is to count the real human pageviews. Awstats is better for the website technical people but Google analytics is for those who are more interested in marketing, website behaviour, real human traffic stats, etc.

  4. #4
    gavenecko's Avatar
    gavenecko is offline Net Builder
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Las Cruces New Mexico
    Posts
    435
    Thanks
    61
    Thanked 26 Times in 21 Posts
    Thanks for looking around for an answer. I care more about real human stats. Looking at everything makes me feel kind of like I'm lying to myself. You know? Like "Oh my site got 20,000 views today.........but they were all by bots or artificial means."

    Its really cool to see how many people view my site with IE or Firefox, and who has what kind of internet. Its all so much fun to me.

    Thanks again. You answered a lot of questions I had!

  5. #5
    Jorge05r's Avatar
    Jorge05r is offline Net Builder
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    245
    Blog Entries
    8
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 57 Times in 31 Posts
    you are welcome, and better yet I answered my own questions

    If anyone would like to say something or correct anything wrong I might have said please let us know.

  6. #6
    Aquarezz's Avatar
    Aquarezz is offline Master Net Builder
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    3,851
    Blog Entries
    4
    Thanks
    683
    Thanked 591 Times in 463 Posts
    Analytics is way much better, although when selling a website it's always nice to show AwStats too as they show 'more visitors' than there are shown by Analytics.

    Up to now I always used Analytics, and it's the best one so far, but for the proxies I'm using AwStats as the program doesn't needs to have thousands of codes onto it, awstats just gets the stats from the server

    Greetz
    |Nico Lawsons

  7. #7
    SpeedyProxy.info is offline Newbie Net Builder
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    50
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I pretty much the same with Aquarezz because I mainly use Analytics to monitor the traffic but Awstats automatically records my visits via the server.

  8. #8
    hendricius's Avatar
    hendricius is offline The Interwebs are mine!
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Hamburg, Germany
    Posts
    527
    Blog Entries
    1
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked 50 Times in 37 Posts
    I have experience with both analytics and awstats...But I felt good with analytics...The main reason is it's updating gap is very less compare to awstats, though the look and feel of awstats may show that its pretty detailed, the fact is analytics gives a thorough analysis.. I supports google analytics.

  9. #9
    bhartzer is offline Net Builder
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    502
    Thanks
    53
    Thanked 135 Times in 101 Posts
    Awstats is always going to be more accurate...because it uses your site's log files to show you the traffic.

    Google Analytics uses javascript...and if you put the javascript at the end of the page (where they tell you to) you're not going to get accurate traffic data. You see, when your page loads, there oftentimes is something that slows down (like an ad, etc.) and people sometimes click away from the page before the Google Analytics javascript loads and count the visitor.
    Need links? Try AuthorLinks where you can buy or sell links based on Authorship and Klout score. Check out my blog or like me on Facebook.

  10. #10
    TopDogger's Avatar
    TopDogger is online now Über Hund
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hellfire, AZ
    Posts
    3,029
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 902 Times in 689 Posts
    I agree with Bill. There is also the issue of people who have JavaScript disabled in their browser. If JavaScript is disabled, there are no Analytics stats for that visit.

    JavaScript is disabled whenever someone sets their security level to High in Internet Explorer.

    I find Google Analytics to be an amusing toy, because it is far from being a real web analytics tool.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. what happen to Google analytics ?
    By SonnyCooL in forum General Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 25 March, 2010, 06:21 AM
  2. Adding (www.) At Google Analytics
    By 5starpix in forum Stats
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27 September, 2009, 06:46 AM
  3. Top Ten Myths About Google Analytics
    By Nic SEO in forum Stats
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16 July, 2009, 19:32 PM
  4. Google Analytics Certification
    By Melissa in forum Stats
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 31 May, 2009, 20:20 PM
  5. Google Analytics Question
    By tmongy in forum Stats
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 9 May, 2009, 17:29 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •