X-Message-Number: 19802
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 08:31:53 -0700
From: Rand Simberg <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #19794 - #19796

At 09:00 AM 8/14/2002 +0000, Steve Bridge wrote:

>meant by "web hits".  That term means simply the number of times anyone
>clicked on one of your web pages.  It most emphatically does NOT mean "the
>number of separate people" who accessed your web page.  While there can be
>major differences in the way a service provider counts "hits", the count
>generally includes all separate clicks on any page in the site.  An average
>individual just curious about Alcor might click on 5-8 pages; a more
>serious one might go as far as 15-20 clicks.  Each click is a "hit."  That
>might reduce the number of individuals down to maybe 300,000 (assuming 10
>clicks per individual, which might actually be high).

It's actually worse than that.  You don't have to "click" to hit.  Any file 
download is counted as a "hit."  If you have a page with some text, and 
five images, going to that page will count as six hits.

A much more useful measure (and a much lower number) is unique visits, 
though that's harder to nail down with certainty.

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