Re: [webalizer] "Visits" versus "Hits" Stats?
- There is a keyword called PageType. If you say
"PageType html" then you are telling webalizer that
all URLs ending in ".html" are to be considered as
pages, and not as simple files. Only the extensions
that are listed in PageType are counted as "visits",
because visitors hit on pages. A visitor that only
hits in normal files (jpg files, for example) will not
be considered a visitor.
For example, if you have this config in the
If you receive these hits in the server:
*.html 5 hits
*.htm 1 hits
*.cgi 4 hits
*.jpg 200 hits
*.pdf 2500 hits
Then you will have:
Hits= 27010 5 + 1 + 4 + 200 + 2500
Visits= 10 5 + 1 + 4
The visitors that hit only ".pdf" files will not be
counted as visitors and they will not be added to the
total of visits, because you didn't tell webalizer to
considere ".pdf" as a page.
This happened a lot to us, because lots of people
would find one of the pdfs in our site using google,
and they would only retrieve the pdf and not visit any
more file in the website. We added "PageType pdf" to
get that people counted as visitors.
Perhaps you have a site with PHP, and you don't have
"PageType php*" in your webalizer.conf. Check if you
have many hits in a certain type of files, and if you
want that kind of file to be considered a page.
NOTE: Perhaps people is linking to images on your
site, and they are only retrieving the image. Perhaps
someone is using one of the images in your server to
decorate a page in other server, so that you are
paying for the bandwidth of the images decorating the
webpage belonging to someone else.... I have seen
people doing this. (An example of a legitime use of
this is when people is linking to banners in your
server, instead of copying your banner into their own
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