When a friend P asked me what how many unique visitors I had, I was embarrassed that I had absolutely no idea. And silly me was too embarrassed to just ask (P if you’re reading this it’s ok if you laugh). I didn’t want him to think I was stupid or something. If you know me, I don’t come across as very intelligent – quite ditzy in fact. In Singapore they would cruelly say blurr sotong (singlish). I prefer ditzy.
His question did lead me to tracking my unique visits in February. Somehow I am not that interested in the technical stuff, so even at that point I didn’t make an effort to find out more about what all the stats meant. I always thought that like the name suggested, unique visitors were brand new visitors and only counted once a day. I was not quite right.
If we get down to specifics, unique visitors are only counted once. So people who visit my blog more than once during a specific time period (say 30 minutes) are only counted as 1 unique visitor. My mum may visit my blog 3 times in 30 minutes, but her visit is now counted as only 1 unique visit, although she does generate loads of hits for me.
I guess, unique visitors would be something that advertisers or marketers look at to determine whether a site has enough of the real traffic that they want.
These are my stats (the numbers in the pink stars on my blog) as of 12th April 2011. Maybe it’ll be useful if you want to track your unique visitors too.
Total counter state:
Sessions: 45543 (unique visitors since 19 February 2011)
Hits: 9380 (the more graphics you have the more hits are registered – I didn’t know this till today)
Hosts: 4784 (computer through which the blog is viewed – could be 10 people in one company and that’s counted as 1 host)
Sessions: 6429 (unique visitors within a time frame – probably within half an hour I guess)
So from last week’s stats only 69% of my hits are actual unique visits. Glad I am more aware of this now, because this year I aim to learn more about social media and everything else under the sun. Please feel free to correct me in the comments if I got any of the technical stuff wrong. Through my tech experiences, I realized that trial and error is always the best way for me to learn.
Some unique visitors I can already think of are all the lovely visitors who comment on this blog. You have to check them out. They have awesome blogs which makes me even more flattered that they take time to visit mine.