Support » Plugin: Slimstat Analytics » Slimstats vs. Google Analytics

  • Resolved norbou

    (@norbou)


    Hello devs and users. I am glad to use Slimstats for one year now. I am finishing one year report and I am fighting with getting compatible data, which I have to compare with previous years maintained by analytics.

    1) Unique user visits vs unique IP
    2) I am not able to split vistits by aquisition to Social, Direct, Organic search and Referral.
    3) Is possible to measure time spend on the page between navigation to another one?

    I tryed some methods but the suma is not equal to number of visits. On traffic tab in basic view I see pageviews, but I want to see visits. Does anybody manual or help, how to do it? Do I need some addon?

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Plugin Author Jason Crouse

    (@coolmann)

    Hi Jiri,

    thank you for contacting our support team. Please note that Slimstat and GA use two completely different algorithms, and many factors can affect how the tracking code works (cache, CDNs, browsers, filters, ad-blockers, etc). Let me go over your questions:

    1) For Google, Unique Visitors is the number of unduplicated (counted only once) visitors to your website over the course of a specified time period. Slimstat uses a more specific approach, by defining what is not “duplicated”: the IP address. Google uses a combination of metrics to determine uniquity, while Slimstat relies just on the IP address

    2) Did you have separate URLs for each of those platform (social, direct, etc)? Usually URLs contain the UTM query string value to make them unique and to use them to segment your traffic in a more effective way. You can use the Filter Bar in Slimstat to drill down your reports by filtering the Permalink that way.

    3) If you look at the Access Log report, you will see that for some pageviews you will have time spent on that page by that user. As you might know, HTTP is a stateless protocol, which means that it’s technically impossible to know when a user is NOT looking at a page anymore. That user could have typed a new URL in the address bar, or he could have just closed the browser tab, etc. We offer a premium add-on to partially solve this problem by making each request stateful by pinging the server every few seconds to let Slimstat know that the user is still there.

    https://www.wp-slimstat.com/downloads/heartbeat/

    Best Regards,
    Jason Crouse

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