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Cleaner ‘1-visit-per-IP-per-day’ counts coming are here… January 6, 2008

Posted by ClustrMaps Team in News.
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We are starting to roll out across our various servers the promised ‘visit count’ improvement, as follows:

OLD STYLE (PAGE VIEWS): if someone visits your site 7 times from the exact same IP address within (say) a 1-hour period, or for that matter 7 times during a 24-hour period, that will increment your counter by exactly 7… making the counter more like a ‘hit counter’ (in fact, in this sense it works as a ‘page views’ counter) which is not always the best thing in the context of ClustrMaps, as opposed to a true ‘visit counter’, which is more appropriate for most users.

NEW STYLE (UNIQUE VISITS PER DAY): if someone visits your site 7 times from the exact same IP address during a specific 24 hour ‘time window’ (in fact the time window in between two occurrences of the ClustrMaps ‘counter processing’, which takes place typically around midnight UTC/GMT), it will increment your counter by exactly 1. This is much simpler and cleaner, and more consistent with our original description. We will begin this tomorrow for those on server ‘www3’ (you can see this in the HTML associated with your thumbnail map or large world map), and roll this out to the remaining servers during the coming week.

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