Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Has my Statcounter really just reached 1000?

It's a monumental occasion when something hits a big number!

And today my Statcounter finally reached 1000.

But sadly the news was sobered by an article I read this morning by snoskred.org

The Article is called Do NOT rely on your sitemeter and it gives some very good reasons as to why stats are not always a good thing to obsess over. Mainly that the free services do not necessarily offer an accurate service.

Basically this article made me think about some basic things that are more important than stats and if your having trouble refocusing or constantly looking at your stats I suggest you read it for inspiration.


insanity-suits-me (Dawn) said...

While i agree that some free counters are not necessarily as accurate as paid counters, I have experimented with several over the years with another site I run and have found one in particular that I am very pleased with. ADDFREE STATS website statistics in real time. It offers the most information and is very reliable. It tells me that 98.50% of my visitors have javascript enabled which is good news. I track each page separately and check my stats every day. Compared with most free webstats - this is by far the best...IMHO

Bush Mackel said...

Hey Forest, do you have Analytics on here or anything? That might be the ticket for you.

Samir said...

Good find with that link Forest. Thanks. And congratulations on the big 1K.

You're right to doubt your stats. Like any "statistics" they are far from an exact science and they're just not worth getting obsessed with. Stats should be considered a helpful indicator and that's all.

Having said that, stats are extremely useful, and beyond the quantitative information which most people concentrate on, I find the qualitative information, such as search keywords and traffic sources to be the most useful indicators.

Dawn, many thanks for the tip about Addfree Stats. I'm always on the lookout for these lesser known gems. Will definitely check them out.

insanity-suits-me (Dawn) said...

Your welcome!