I'd like to take advantage of your collective knowledge/opinions regarding site visitor statistics. Does anyone have an opinion as to which service is more accurate?
I ask because I use Sitemeter, which I believe to be somewhat accurate as to actual hits from living, breathing people. However, my daily Sitemeter statistics are generally 50% less than the Typepad statistics. For example, on a typical weekday, Typepad registers nearly 350-400 visitors on average, while Sitemeter only registers 175-200.
And, neither program accounts for the 200+ subscribers who view my blog via an RSS feed reader and never click through to my site.>
My working theory regarding the large variation between Sitemeter and Typepad statistics is that Typepad registers bot hits from the search engines, etc., whereas Sitemeter ignores those.
Another reason I ask is that I have spoken to a number of bloggers who utilize a particular blogging service who have informed me that that service's built in statistics tracker used to indicate daily hits in the high thousands. But, when the bloggers eventually learned how to install a separate hit counter, their statistics using that hit counter dropped drastically into the low hundreds, thus indicating that the original numbers were highly inflated.
So, clearly, there is a huge variation in hits counted, depending on the service you use and the hits that the service chooses to include in the daily statistics.
So, lately I've been wondering: how does one really know how many actual hits by living, breathing humans are received by a particular site on a given day?
Anyone out there have an opinion as to that theory or have any other theories or information they'd like to share on this issue? Your feedback is greatly appreciated!