In response to my post on Andrew Sullivan’s pledge drive, a commenter asked about my traffic to help guage the costs of running a blog. HostingMatters, my site host, says I had 6836 unique visitors, 19,010 visits, 62,752 pages, and 239,423 hits last month, consuming 4.17 GB of bandwidth. Site Meter, on the other hand, says I’ve only had 59,330 unique visits since I installed my counter.
Some of the discrepancy comes from the fact that I intentionally exclude visits from my home and work IP addresses from my Site Meter count so as not to inflate my stats. Still, I’m curious about how the various bloggers out there are keeping track of their traffic. Is “unique visits” excluding the blog author the way most are doing it? “Hits” pure and simple? Something in between?