Google analytics

  • sylvia


    Just wondering if anyone can provide some insight here…I have google analytics setup on a graphene blog that I have been working on in beta for the past month or so. I checked my analytics yesterday and it said that I had 828 views and 736 unique views for the past month. I don’t know how this unique visitor stat could be correct…because just about all of these views would have come from me…with the exception of a few people. It even tells me that 90% of the views came from my city….so I know they are coming from me…but why wouldn’t I be counted as one unique visitor? I would expect that my unique visitor stat for the past month would be somewhere between 5 and 10 people. Does this make sense to anyone?? Did I make an error in implementing google analytics with graphene??

    Thanks for your time


    Kenneth John Odle


    I don’t know too much about Google Analytics, but if they are using IP addresses to keep track of visitors (and I suspect they are), then this makes sense. You see, ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) have a limited number of IP addresses to use, so every time you log on, they give you one the addresses they have available. Log on tomorrow, and you get a different IP address and thus, look like a different person to Google Analytics. This just goes to show that nothing on the internet works perfectly all of the time.

    On the other hand, it could be something entirely different.



    Hey Ken,

    Thanks for the reply.

    From what I have read, GA uses cookies and not IP addresses to track visitors to a site. I wonder if my browser automatically purges my cookies right away…..not sure….


    Kenneth John Odle


    Are you using a private browsing window? (What Google Chrome calls “an incognito window”?) That would explain the cookie situation. Either that, or GA uses very short-lived cookies.



    No, not using a private browsing window. I followed googles instructions to remove myself from my analytics by placing a blocking cookie on my computer…..I’ll then test from other computers to see if I get accurate results….don’t know if being signed into wordpress and viewing my site has anything to do with it?? Guess I’ll find out in a few days…..will make a bunch of hits from other computers and see if it accurately displays the correct number of UNIQUE visitors….

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