Being the obsessive person that I am, I spend a lot of time on this blog. Being the monomaniacal person that I am, I spend a lot of time on this blog checking my Site Stats. So I spend a lot of time scrutinizing graphs like the one below.
All this not-terribly-well-spend time led me to wonder: how accurate is WordPress’s Site Stats? The question that most maniacs (like me) want to get answered when they look at their stats presumably is, “How many people read my blog today?” That is, how many unique pair of eye balls (although we don’t discriminate against Cyclopses) landed on our site today? I think it must be darn near impossible for WordPress to identify people — the best it can probably do is count unique IP addresses. In fact, WordPress is rather clever in that, once I sign in to my account, it stops counting me as a visitor to my site*. This is only fair I suppose; otherwise, I’d spend even more time here, flattering my ego.
However, how clever does WordPress have an incentive to be? It surely understands that all of its bloggers prefer to see more visitors rather than less. Why wouldn’t WordPress show its users as many “hits” as possible and completely give up the game of identifying those hits as unique? Why wouldn’t it, while blocking spam comments from one’s site, continue to count the spammers as legitimate visits?
What do you think? Do you guys happen to know what exactly it is that WordPress do?
*It still does count that very first visit right before I sign in as a hit, however.