What with the talk of hits recently and a few Awstats/Webaliser screenshots being flashed about as if they were some sort web badge (been there, done that, made a prat of myself) I have to chuck in my own tuppence worth: “hahahaha”. If you’re using any of the bog-standard, built-in stats trackers to try and measure your hits, don’t. Or — more specifically — don’t trust them to give you an accurate measurement.
The problem with the likes of awstats is that they don’t just track the people coming in to your website, they track hits to any file on you’ve uploaded. Imagine you’re a member at a popular forum and your chosen avatar is stored on your web space… post in a thread that is viewed by a hundred or so members and that’s a hundred of so hits making your website look oh-so-popular. The typical teeny webmaster is a member of a handful of these forums giving 300-400 hits (and God knows how many “page” views) before anyone has even looked at the website. Then of course there’s all the bots, scripts like the W3C validator…
for a free extreme tracker .
Don’t be naive — stats tracking is not a precise business generally. Use your common sense before bragging about your 309230349 hits (that are actually more likely to be direct linkers) because you’re just making an arse of yourself to those who know better.
Edit: Ouch! Didn’t realise extreme tracker had pop-ups now (it’s been a while since I used it). There are alternatives which get hosted externally, plus Shortstat and Slimstat if you’re up for installing a script.