Due to a sudden spike in traffic on my blog, I spent more time than usual with Web Analytics tools lately. There is quite a discrepancy between the numbers that Awstats reports and what Google Analytics and Woopra think. Awstats is a tool that most low-cost hosting providers include in their service offering.
This post is meant to illustrate the differences in the number of visits and number of page views reported by the tools. I did not research why there are discrepancies, but the large differences between Awstats and the other tools can be explained by search engine crawlers that Awstats includes in its report, the others don’t. I suspect that Awstats may also count hits from image hot-links to my site, where no actual content is served. Continue reading