Weebly Stats vs Google Analytics

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March 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm #2734

jacques

There continues to be a significant discrepancy between the visitor stats reported by Weebly and Google Analytics. Weebly is reporting 800% more traffic than Google on one site and about 500% more on another. Is there anything credible about the Weebly numbers?

March 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm #2747
Raju Nunna
Raju Nunna

For sheer numbers, I would go with what Weebly is reporting. There is no information about how Weebly arrives at this numbers. But Weebly does have the server logs. I would assume that Weebly is picking these numbers from the server logs which would be far more accurate than what Google Analytics reports.

If one were to use analytics on a self hosting site (like HostGator), we get access to the server logs which can be interpreted by providers like AWStats.

Google Analytics depends on the script running which may or may not have completed execution before which a visitor might have already clicked on a link on the page.

For all practical purposes, I would use the Weebly numbers for knowing the number of page views and unique visitors. For analyzing the trend though, Google Analytics provides plenty of information to evaluate what the visitors are doing on your site and how they are coming.

More professional self hosted sites use tools like Urchin, WebTrends, Omniture (which is Adobe Sitecatalyst now) etc to analyse the server logs for more accuracy.

July 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm #5206
strohbeck
strohbeck

Weebly was absolutely disappointing and unprofessional with handling my stats inquiries. I have battled them for more than 6 months and they did not even have the courtesy to run a simple test to confirm my findings and label them typical or atypical. I just wanted to know if what I observe is on the fringe of the spectrum or whether that is typical for others as well. Obviously I need to hear more forum voices on that. Weebly gave elaborate general explanations why any stats are wrong including Googles, but did not satisfy my quest for drilling deeper. My sites are typically inflated by 1000 %. The shocking part is that visitors and visits produce virtually the same numbers with all my Weebly websites always. So is that a problem that is unique for my case (Australian service provider) or quite typical in all cases ? I have installed counters to proof my case and do a reality check.
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July 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm #5218
Raju Nunna
Raju Nunna

It is not common. Stats on all of my sites is close to reality. It may be a little off when compared with Google Analytics. But nothing like 1000%. Some thing is wrong with the way stats are being reported for your sites. I would go with Google Analytics reports if the stats are way too off.

It may not be any thing to do with your service provider. Its more to do with how the stats are pulled and presented.

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September 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm #5738

peterkoan

Hello,

I also am experiencing a large discrepancy in traffic statistics between Weebly and Google Analytics.

I have the Google analytics code installed in Settings -> SEO -> Footer Code.

Is that correct?

I care because I installed adsense on the site and that is based off of the reporting from Google. Weebly is reporting 4x the traffic so I want to make sure I’m getting paid for those visits.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Peter

September 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm #5740
Raju Nunna
Raju Nunna

Go with the Google Analytics if you are seeing a huge difference.

AdSense report however would be quite different. It maxes out at a certain count per user per site. So, use the Google analytics report, but not the AdSense.

September 24, 2012 at 2:32 am #6007

Anonymous

I created a free Weebly website for trial basis. I did not open it for some days. Then I opened it 10 times one day, etc. After a series of experiments, I came to know that Google Analytics “Pageviews” report was correct, however, its report regarding “Unique Visitors” was 100% incorrect. I was the only visitor to open my site and Google showed that some 30 unique visitors opened my site.
Anyway, I came to know a reason why Weebly stats differ from stats of Google Analytics:

Weebly counts pageviews even if you open your website through http://www.weebly.com for the purpose of editing it. But these pageviews made during editing are not counted by Google Analytics. I have verified it by experiments.

October 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm #6514

beachwalkerboxes

I am experiencing the same thing. Today, weebly reports over 100 visits to my site. Google analytics reports 4 visitors. It’s not counting me, because this happened before I checked statistics. Pretty depressing if Google is right.

I got an email from Weebly help telling me it’s probably somewhere in the middle. Hello, surely it’s possible to get accurate stats in 2012. Pretty annoying.

October 20, 2012 at 10:26 am #6531
strohbeck
strohbeck

Weebly is great in many ways, but on this issue they are still messing around. Not all accounts seem to experience the extremes I do. But there is no commitment and discipline to analyse and improve. I have done heaps of tests and send them many emails. Weebly is bullshitting us or still pissing in the wind. In most instances visitors can’t just be virtually the same as visits.

October 20, 2012 at 10:29 am #6532
strohbeck
strohbeck

beachwalker – you can contact me if you want a better platform

October 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm #6547

beachwalkerboxes

OK- so I asked friends through facebook to visit our website within a 24 hour period. 30 of them replied that they did, and I saw the numbers from facebook referrals jump about that much on Weebly. Weebly reports 70+ visitors in that 24-hour period. Google analytics reports 6 visitors. Clearly, Google is underreporting, which is a relief. I’m still highly suspicious of Weebly numbers, though. Weebly is the only thing user-friendly enough for my husband to work with, so I can’t abandon it, but grrr.
Thanks, strohbeck- if I knew what a platform was I might take you up on it. I know jack all about computers.

October 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm #6552
Raju Nunna
Raju Nunna

Great observations beachwalkerboxes & strohbeck.

Sounds like the Google Analytics is broken for Weebly. The weebly builtin stats does not seem to work when it comes reporting unique visitors/visits .vs. page views.

Usually, Google Analytics is not so grossly wrong, unless Weebly intervened and somehow broke the tracking.

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