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By AK Sarkar ·
I maintain a web site hosted on IIS on Nt server 4.0. Our programmers have put a counter on the home page which increments by one for every new session. My web hosting service provider gives us a log analyser report which measures the number of hitsof the web site by measuring every request that the web server receives. That means that if I have a static web page with 5 images, then that counter will be incremented by 6 for every new visitor to that page, one for the page request, and five forthe five images. I want to know which is the correct way of measuring web site hits? Do you increment for every one session, or do you increment for every request that the web server gets? 'Shall be grateful for any help.

Sarkar

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by pmitride In reply to Web site hits

As you said, simply measuring hits may
give inadequate traffic results, as the
number of elements may vary from page to
page and is hard to monitor.

Most sites measure page viewed these days,
that is the number of .html (or .asp or any
suitable extension) downloaded. Good server log analysis tools are able to do that,
and it is so far the most accurate.

Lastly, a session is hard to measure. You
would use ' cookies ' to do that, with a
bit of extra coding and concern this may
raise.

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by AK Sarkar In reply to Web site hits

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by Dennis@l In reply to Web site hits

This could be a trick question. The question is What do you want to monitor and what does the images on the page represent.

You may want to monitor both. If you want to monitor to see how many are looking to see what products you have then count the number of hits the site is getting. If you want to find how how many are considering your product count the number of hits per image. I'm sure the marketing/advertising departments would like to know this information so as to improve there marketing/advertising stratigies.

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by protoMatter In reply to Web site hits

As a web page designer, I believe the most meaningful of the two to me and to most of my customers is a measurement of the number of visitors to the site. This would be based upon the counter. The counter increments by one each time the page is viewed, therefore gives an accurate representation of how many times the page has been viewed. Request stats are generally used as a general measure of the bandwidth your site is using.
Neither of these informations are terribly useful however. What youreally need is a method of tracking visitors, ie time spent on pages, what order the pages are visited in and the most popular pages on your site etc. One low cost alternative is to take a look at www.hitbox.com. They provide a counter which would track your visitors progress across your site. You could have your designers come up with a Perl program or ASP solution to this problem.
Hope this helps,
Colin

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by mukul_gandhi In reply to Web site hits

I think incrementing counter depending on the no of objects in a page is not right. Counter must be incremented for each request of the top level page, as it is normally done.

regards
-mukul

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