Why do I use two counters? I’ve been using Statcounter with CJP Photos since my website went live about 15 years ago. Google Analytics (GA) hasn’t existed for that long. Statcounter has features that GA doesn’t and I sometimes find Statcounter easier to navigate. I’ve gone back and forth, using both stat programs at different time periods.
Sometimes using GA for an extended period of time and other times using Statcounter. I have both installed on all four of my websites and I’ve recently seen something on Statcounter that is becoming an issue for me:
Amazon.com is showing an overwhelming number of visits to all of my sites sometimes upward of seventy hits a day, skewing my stats to such a degree that I can’t tell who is real and who isn’t. It’s one of the reasons I’m so happy that I use two counters. Once I realized that Amazon skewed my results on Statcounter, I jumped back to GA and checked there.
The visitor numbers balanced out to normal on GA. Normal meaning that there were not seventy to a hundred plus visitors over a typical day and there were no visits from Seattle Washington. Statcounter shows upward of seventy hits a day on all four of my sites emanating from Seattle. When I drill down into the Seattle visits I find that they are indeed Amazon.com visits. These visits are bots and offer no legitimate results. Knowing that GA does not count Amazon bots as far as I can tell, I will be referring to Google Analytics to count my stats for the foreseeable future.
Both counters have their benefits and if you want simplicity, then use statcounter. If you want more sophistication, then Google Analytics may be something to look into. OR:
You can do as I did and install both.
I recommend anyone who maintains a website and has access to the backend use Google Analytics as your visitor counter. I know I’ll be using it more now.
In the mean time:
Focus on what’s ahead of you.
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