RE: [webalizer] exit pages
Your Director is right in a sense on Total Hits. Hits are recorded whenever
any part of your site is brought up, which would include every visit, every
image, every time another site linked with you...etc. So for example, if you
had six images and some text on your front page, be it thumbnails or
full-size or even a background image, whenever someone visits your site it
will record 7 hits. (one for the site visit and one for each image being
displayed. So you can see where hits counts can be misleading and unreliable
as far as a getting an accurate picture of what pages are being visited on
the site. This is why the ever popular Hit Counters are no longer as
prevalent on websites as they used to be.
Of course you are right about only using the exit pages being inaccurate as
well. My suggestion would be to use the section in Webalizer called
TotalURLS along with the Entry and Exit Pages sections to get a picture of
what's going on with visitors to the site. Make sure of course it is
configured to ignore images and non-page files like script files, but it
should give you a pretty accurate picture if configured correctly.
Another useful tool is the Referrers section which can be configured to tell
you which search engines have sent people your way and which keywords were
used. Hope this all helps.
ups.yahoo.com]On Behalf Of Greg
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 8:19 PM
Subject: [webalizer] exit pages
I work in a mid-size public library and we use
webalizer for our site which gets about 3000 visits a
day. The director of the library is interested in
using the 'exit pages' visit figures in order to try
and determine what parts of the site are being used.
His theory is that entry pages don't tell us much as
most people enter through the homepage. And total hits
he seems to dislike on principle - hits he considers
meaningless and will only consider 'visits'.
I, however, am concerned that exit pages as a measure
of overall usage is not a lot better - why does last
page viewed have to do with what parts of the site
patrons are using? I realize there may be some
correlation, but I think it is misleading as well
because there may be other parts of our site which
only have internal links (eg, no way to 'exit') which
are well used, but will of course not show up in the
Ideas? Do you simply use total hits as the best
indicator of which pages are being used the most?
Burnaby Public Library
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> Your Director is right in a sense on Total Hits. Hits are recorded wheneverThat is the misconception that I spoke of earlier.. the hit count to a
> any part of your site is brought up, which would include every visit, every
> image, every time another site linked with you...etc. So for example, if you
> had six images and some text on your front page, be it thumbnails or
> full-size or even a background image, whenever someone visits your site it
> will record 7 hits. (one for the site visit and one for each image being
> displayed. So you can see where hits counts can be misleading and unreliable
> as far as a getting an accurate picture of what pages are being visited on
> the site. This is why the ever popular Hit Counters are no longer as
> prevalent on websites as they used to be.
specific URL is not misleading, it is the actual number of times that
particular URL was requested regardless of what other links or images
it may have imbededed within it.
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