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    I’ve been lookin at WordPress’s ‘Blog Stats’ for a clients traffic, the results per month are :

    May – 820
    June – 2100
    July – 9800
    August – 3600

    I’m also tracking the site with the ‘Google Analytics’ plugin and Google reports back :

    May – 580
    June – 705
    July – 5040
    August – 1800

    Which one is correct, is Google not tracking WordPress properly? Which figure should I go off?

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  • WordPress’s stats are recorded via PHP, which always works because it’s server-side code. Google Analytics records via Javascript, which is client-side code and can be turned off by the user (and is disabled by many pop-up blockers).

    For raw visits, WP Stats will be more reliable. For deeper traffic analysis (click throughs, conversions, etc), you’ll want to depend on Google … though since it’s Javascript based, it’s obviously not perfect.

    As I thought, thanks for confirming that, I thought as much. Thanks for giving me some reassurance.

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