December 02, 2008
Websites get visited by an amazing amount of non-human visitors. They could be search engines that read you page to determine placement, or spammers whose "bots" try to post links in your Guestbook. Colin has just put in place some updates to the site traffic report system to filter all these out, so if you see a page view or a visit, you can be sure it is from a living, breathing fan, not a spam bot from Saudi Arabia. "Unique Visitors" are also more accurate now. Previously, we relied on IP addresses to determine unique visitors (this is how most stats programs work). Because some large internet providers like AOL share IP addresses for groups of people, it could result in inaccurate unique visitor numbers. As per many member requests, we stopped logging all your visits that happen via the control panel (you can still test stats by going directly to your URL though). Next, we improved the speed of displaying stats, so you can see visitors as soon as 5 minutes after they hit your page. Finally, we updated the location database, so going forward, you will have fewer "unknown" visitors (this update will only take effect at the end of the week). The net result will be that some members have reduced traffic numbers (especially those of you with guestbook pages hit by spammers). We figure it is better to provide you with the most accurate numbers rather than just boost your ego with inflated, but inaccurate visits. Let us know what you think!
★ Posted by Chris on December 02, 2008 | 56 comments ★