Hits,web page views,visits,visitors, “What the hell does all of this stuff mean?” If you have your own website.
Then I sure that you’ve heard of these words on more than one occasion, and probably (like most people), are still in the dark about their true meaning.
In this article. I will explain to youwhat the difference is between a hit and a web page view without using.
To many technical terms and Geek speak. But first, let me answer your question.
Do You Need More Hits To Your Website?
Quick answer, YES and NO
A hit, as you understand it is, when somebody visits your website. But in reality a hit is a file sent to a browser by a web server.
Just to add to the confusion.
There are also 2 type of hits for you to consider. The first one being hits recorded by log files.
The second is ‘hits’ which are counted and displayed by a simple hit counter.
It would be far to time consuming for me to explain in this article the difference between the 2 types of hits.
So , I will explain what web page views are instead.
A page view is each time a visitor views a page on your website, regardless of how many hits are generated.
Pages are comprised of files. Every image in a page is a separate file.
When a visitor looks at a page (a page view), they may see… numerous images, graphics, pictures etc. and generate multiple hits.
“Let’s say for example.” that your web page has 10 pictures. What happens next is a request is sent to a sever. To view the page generated.
The result is, that your web page will get a total of 11 hits. 10 for the pictures, and one for the html file.
You must also remember that any single page view can contain hundreds of hits. Just by looking at this example it is clear to see.
That hits are not a true and accurate way of measuring how much traffic is coming to your website.
Page views and unique visitors is what you should pay special attention to.
I have Google Analytics installed on my blog. Which is a excellent free tracking tool.
With it, I am able to track visits,bounce rates,traffic sources, and a ton of other stuff. Including page views and unique visitors.
So in closing this article.
You should now know how important it is to track all visitors to your website and…
…that Hits in and of themselves are nearly meaningless. Only hits that lead to results are of true value.