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Posted by on Nov 21, 2007

Usage statistics and Einstein

Part of my job is to monitor the usage statistics of our site via Google Analytics and Webtrends, two relatively robust tools. We monitor page views, visits, geography, path analysis; the whole lot. However, as we all know, statistics can be deceiving, especially if one is looking at the wrong thing.

For example, visits vs. page views.

Everyone wants there to be a significant number of both, but visits/page views demonstrates the depth of a visit and the more pages viewed the better. If you have a text heavy site, it is also important to incorporate Time Spent on Site as a metric. Were the users just clicking through or did they take the time to read the text, to interact with the tools?

I have Google Analytics attached to my blog to monitor usage and it is more than efficient enough for my meager purposes. The picture is from the interface.

This all goes a long way into introducing the quote from the day, this time from Albert Einstein, a late resident of 112 Mercer Street here in Princeton, New Jersey.

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
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