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Posted by Birgit Zipser on May 1st, 2007
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Karl, how are Unique Visitors counted? If I visit the site today and again tomorrow, is that one unique visitor or two? Either way, pretty impressive stats. Soon we’ll be making an offer for Google :)
A&P as a living organism.
There are no clear instruction about ‘Unique Visitors’. Experimenting, I know that it is not Unique Visitors/day. I don’t know yet, whether it is a single visit from a given computer that is remembered forever or for a year or a month only.
Oh, sorry Birgit, I read quickly and saw Zipser and thought the post was from Karl. Thanks for the stats!
Do you have any explanation for the correlation shown above?
Perhaps, Karl has an opinion. But right now, he is on a train from Amsterdam to Wilhelmshaven.
What do you think?
Well I suppose that if people aren’t coming from search engines, then they’re most likely coming from bookmarks or direct links. Since there would have been only a small number of these, the number of unique visitors would have been proportionally higher.
Unique Visitors means number of different IP addresses (roughly, different computers) viewing at least one page in the month. That’s a bit different measure than the approximately 800 visitors a day, where a visitor is defined as an IP address not connected in the previous hour. So the 800 represents fewer than 800 different people, since fans may check in several times a day.
I suspect the correlation Arthur noted is due to two things: more and more varied content that increasingly turns up in e.g. Google searches, and relatively rare viewers who don’t bookmark A&P but just find us by typing “art and perception” into a search box.
Searches for our individual content brings up A&P too. For instance, if I Google: david palmer artist, the top hit (out of 1,490,000) is my web site, but at the bottom of the first page, at #10, is David | Art & Perception.
Interesting, the slopes of the two curves were initially different (from Nov 2007 until February 2007) but then became similar.
% of external links lagged behind response from A&P fans.
The Unique Visitors are supposed to represent separate physical persons. A Unique Visitor thus should only be counted once. A stat not show above is total number of Visits. A visit to the site becomes a Visit if it is more than an hour after the last Visit. For April, the total Visits was 24,180.
The correlation between Unique Visitors and % links from search engines (as opposed to links from bookmarks or links from sites like blogs) is interesting. As we add more pages to the site, there are more pages listed in Google, for example, so there is more to find. As we get links from other sites, and for other secret reasons that companies like Google don’t reveal, our search engine ranking goes up, so the chance that someone will find any given page of ours about art is higher than it was before. These factors increase the number of visitors from Google, and that makes the visitor stats go up, obviously. At some point the % from search engines has to max out (at something less than 100%, obviously).