looks beautiful! very nice overview.
1 question: the number of visitors per day is completely different from what i get from google analytics – i guess that depends on the definition of “visitor” – is that each different I.P address?
Great Question Christina. I was wondering the same thing?
Also, might there be a way that we can’t filter out our own ip address so that our traffic doesn’t taint the stats? Over the weekend I commited redesign changes to the our store, and the visitors stats went wild!!
Maybe you could also explain the Top Referrers and Popular search term stats so someone not familiar with what they are could get an idea of how to read them. Like how the stats are generated. What the number next to the terms and referrers mean, etc.
Otherwise, this is a nice addition to the admin interface.
Thanks for the feedback. Indeed, the definition of a visitor varies greatly. For now it works like this:
When you hit the shop you will get a cookie called “visit” which expires 30 minutes later. Every hit will mean that the cookie timeout of 30 minutes is reset to the full 30 minutes.
As long as the user carries the same visit token its only one single visit. The rationale was that we wanted to count it as two visits when a user comes to the webpage, goes to dinner and comes back but not count it as two visits if he goes away to look for his credit card.
Of course this is pretty arbitrary. I’m definitely interested in other people’s implementations. Especially Mint and Google Analytics
Can you set two cookies for each unique visitor? One for the actual unique visitor, that never expires unless they reset and clear the cookies. You can call this one visitor. And then keep your current implementation of the visit cookie.
Then you can track unique vistors and returning visitors if there visit cookie expires, they still have the visitor cookie enabled.