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    Visits vs. Hits (FrontPage 2002)

    This question is probably so basic I should be embarrassed, but since I'm not sure of the answer, I'm going ahead and asking for help. I printed our new website's Usage Data Reports for my boss, and in the Monthly Summary, there is a column for "Visits" and another column for "Hits" and then a Total column. He asked me what is the difference between visits and hits. I'm not sure. Is one where a user knows website address and goes directly there, and the other where a user is searching for certain text or information and finds our website that way? I would very much appreciate clarification of the difference. Many thanks...Mary

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    Re: Visits vs. Hits (FrontPage 2002)

    The basic difference is that visits are unique visitors on a daily basis. Hits are the cumulative number of visits, total, not unique. Thus, if I were to visit the site three times in a day, I would have one visit, but there would be three hits.

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    Re: Visits vs. Hits (FrontPage 2002)

    What Mark describes is a very logical way to do it, but actually, unless the ISP or vendor tells you, it's hard to know what methodology was used. Pretty much the only information that can't be blocked by the user is her IP address (block that, and you can't even connect). Because numerous people at a single company may share an IP address at any moment (using NAT -- Network Address Translation), and ISP might switch an IP address among several dial-up users in a day, and so on, it's quite difficult to know how many humans visited a site, how often, for how long.

    Hits, on the other hand, usually indicates the number of requests for a resource. Load a page = 1 hit, refresh the page = 1 hit, etc. And there will be a hit count for each page, and each graphic, imported script, etc., retrieved by the browser in the process of loading that page. Billions and billions, as Carl Sagan used to say. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Visits vs. Hits (FrontPage 2002)

    Yes, Mark, your explanation did help. Many thanks!...Mary

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    Re: Visits vs. Hits (FrontPage 2002)

    Thank you! Your explanation clarified this even further. Appreciate the lesson learned. Thanks again...Mary

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