[Unable to find a way to easily contact the author directly, I'm posting here.]
Here's the gist: I use Google Analytics, WP Stats, and (because a publisher I work with uses it) just started using 'hitcounter'.
GA and WP Stats are fairly consistent. Trendlines are roughly the same shape. GA numbers (due to scripting) are always lower than WP Stats. Got it, no drama.
However, hitcounter reports numbers that are orders of magnitude higher, like 60X. A good day for my site is, realistically, 150-200 unique visitors. For hitcounter to claim I'm frequently seeing 3600-3700 in a day is just outrageous. My ego's not that big<g>.
Can anyone provide insight as to why hitcounter stats are so much higher?
Before, I simply took the newspaper site's reports of my viewership (my content appears multiple places) as higher because it commanded a bigger audience. Now, I have the ability to stats on a single given site, I'm seeing huge discrepancy.