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Google analytics and Awstats, who's right and why?

unit
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Google analytics and Awstats, who's right and why?

Hi everyone,

I keep looking at my visitor stats, I already know that Google analytic's is probably more accurate than aw-stats, but why so much difference.

I’m getting around 130 unique visitors a day with aw-stats and when I look at Google analytic's it only says 30-40 visitors a day, now I know that’s not much traffic but it’s a huge difference to me in this beginning stage.

I just want to understand which one is right and why?

Thank you
Unit
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jmpruitt
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Hi unit. Aw stats counts every hit to your site as a unique visitor. Google analytics has algorythms that filter out automatic search querries and bots. A lot of the hits you are seeing in the server logs are probably spiders from various serch engines, spam bots, automated querries from web programs, etc. Also, AW stats counts each page as a visit, where as Google looks at each unique visitor and tracks where they go on your site.

Aw stats will also look at all pages, so they will see anything that you do. If you are using wordpress, you can see 100-200 "unique querries" just from you logging in and making a single post. Google Analytics is just looking at your public pages.

By far, google analytics is much more accurate than looking at AW stats.
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michellerana
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I agree. Google Analytics shows fewer visitors but it gives more valuable information and more accurate data for studying website dynamics than AWstats.

This is explained further in the AWstats Frequently Asked Questions page.

You could also read more about this issue here: Google Analytics vs AWstats log file analysis – the differences
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unit
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Thanks Michelle and James,

I knew analytics was better but I just wasn't expecting such a difference, oh well, back to work thanks again

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