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Stupid Question about Analytics and HP stats

  1. Cardisa profile image90
    Cardisaposted 2 years ago

    I am not very intelligent when it comes to traffic stats, so sue me..lol

    Why is Google Analytics stats more than the HP stats for the same period? Before you assume that Google logs my visits to my hubs, let me clarify that I have hardly been visiting my own hubs. I have an excess of 400+ visitors on Analytics than I do HP. It is somewhere in the region of where my traffic was two months ago. I lost around 400/day or so visitors from my HP stats.

    Just wondering if there is anything to it.

    1. LuisEGonzalez profile image82
      LuisEGonzalezposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      As the saying goes...stupid is as stupid does.....lol,  I guess I'm stupid  since I have no idea how to interpret  the stats. Glad you brought this up

    2. tsmog profile image85
      tsmogposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Are you looking at the overall views for the subdomain at Analytics? That includes views at questions too. You can go to behavior and content drill down to look at /hub/, /question/, and /slide/ to get specifics to hubs only. However I have always noticed that difference too. Maybe it is as wilderness suggests with the HP update time (seen at the upper right of the stats page) with rollover too. Otherwise any best guess is probably better than I can come up with.

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, that could be it. As I said, I'm stupid when it comes to these things.

  2. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image89
    Beth Eaglescliffeposted 2 years ago

    Interesting question!
    I've just taken a look at my figures and, like you, I also have more page views on Google Analytics than for the same period according to HP figures. The difference in the figures is about the same number of times that I've viewed my own hubs when editing etc. So maybe HP takes off the hub-writer's own views from their totals?

  3. wilderness profile image97
    wildernessposted 2 years ago

    What time period are you looking at?  With the difference in a day and a rolling 24 hours, it is difficult to get a comparison.

    Also, HP used to count slide shows differently, while analytics did not - I'm not sure what HP is doing now with those views, if they even count them at all.

    1. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wilderness, it's more like certain dates such as yesterday May 6. I had a basic average here on HP but when I check the stats on Google it's way different.

      1. wilderness profile image97
        wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I'm still not understanding.  According to analytics, my daily views vary by over 600 per day, on a fairly regular wave pattern. 

        HP, on the other hand, does not show what the traffic was yesterday, unless you check it at 12:00 midnight, PST.  Any other time it is just the preceding 24 hours.

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Oh, maybe that's where I'm getting mixed up. I keep thinking that the stats are current, much like GA. Even it's far less than what Analytics show. Thanks Wilderness smile

          1. wilderness profile image97
            wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            They are (probably) reasonably current, but are on that rolling basis instead of a day basis.  GA measures midnight to midnight (PST) while HP measures the preceding 24 hours.  If it's 10AM, HP stats are showing all views since 10AM the prior morning while GA are showing all views since midnight.  If you're looking at GA for the prior day(s), it will be from midnight to midnight.

        2. awordlover profile image90
          awordloverposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          HP's EVER and 30DAYS are the two stats I look at on this account because in my opinion, the other columns are not stable or reliable. 

          Whenever I see the red triangles showing rising traffic, it is sometimes the robots roaming to do their thing, but usually it is real human visitors which I verify with GA to see who is on this account in Real Time. Usually there are about 50 to 75 visitors at a time. Going down the column to see who they are, 2 or 3 are google bots or other search engine bots, which have permission to roam and the rest are humans..

          ON HP stats, this account averages about 3,000 views a week, so when I look at the 7 DAY stat, it never says the full 3,000. It will say like 2650. When I look at the 30 Day stat, that is where the 3,000x 4weeks shows that it was actually 3000 per week. HP stats are not real time, or real day and sometimes not even real week, so that is why I say they are not reliable.

          Going over to GA, it is a close but not that close. GA always shows about 200 to 300 more than HP, and I'm assuming they count the robots where HP does not.

  4. mbasa profile image60
    mbasaposted 2 years ago

    From what I read somewhere online, different platforms track stats differently however it seems like whatever GA says is your stats, then take it as the gospel.  That is all I know.

  5. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    The Analytics total also includes your profile page views. And others have mentioned the Q&A. Subtracting those two does get the HP total and the Analytics total reasonably close together. Leastwise they have for me.

  6. cjnileski profile image84
    cjnileskiposted 2 years ago

    I'm too new to know all about the stats and such yet.  But as far as asking stupid questions, there are none.  That's how we all learn is to ask questions.  Had a co-worker few months say "There is no such thing as a stupid question".  After pondering this a moment, I realized she was and still is right!!

  7. wheelinallover profile image82
    wheelinalloverposted 2 years ago

    Since I have four ways to bring visitors to my hubs Analytics on Google are not always correct. Bounces also are counted by analytics where they are not by hub pages. A person must stay on your hub for a certain length of time to be counted by hub pages.

    I like you show a much higher number of visitors on Google Analytics than I do from hub pages. It doesn't worry me. I have no time to write hubs now anyway. At least not to the quality that will bring in visitors.