After a couple months of being completely without site analytics, I thought I’d try out Google Analytics.
Things it doesn’t measure; RSS feeds, downloads, downloads from RSS feeds.
I’m confident the people that I’m writing this for – i.e. you – are reading this via some type of RSS aggregator (yes, My Yahoo and the gFeed counts). So, ironically, the people I’m most interested in – i.e. you – aren’t counted via Google. Only the people viewing the HTML version of the site. Like those coming by via Google. Hmmmmm. This doesn’t feel right.
Related: Read/WriteWeb: “Page Views per user: RSS blows HTML away”
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The best solution I’ve found so far is a mix of Google Analytics for web and Feedburner for RSS. If there is a better (i.e. all-in-one) solution out there, I’d certainly like to know about it.
Too bad you never make it to Drinking Liberally. I’d love to talk webstats with you some time. I’m hoping you could explain why my ISP stats give me LITERALLY five times more visitors than sitemeter records!
re: ISP stats Spiders, Bots, and Webcrawlers are being counted as visits. That increases the stats significantly.
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