Unique Visitor Converter

by Steve Napierski to Articles

Traffic is a big part of running a webcomic. It helps a lot to see where your visitors are coming from, what they’re viewing and most important how many of them are there. But one of the problems is that not everyone uses the same statistic trackers. On top of that the amount of how many visitors can differ drastically from tracker to another. So I created a converter between Google Analytics, eXeTReMe Tracking and Project Wonderful.

Update: Removed a problem when a number has lead zeros in it. Also, now when the input box has focus the text inside it is removed, which should eliminate lingering lead zeros to begin with. Lastly, the font for the bottom results has been updated for consistancy.

Personally, I feel that Google Analytics is your best traffic source. They don't count bots so you get a more accurate statistic. Granted the number of unique visitors it provides will be lower than the other stat traffic available in the converter above, but it will also be more accurate. But that's just me. I prefer to live in reality.

Discussion (8)¬

  1. Jamie Noguchi
    Jamie Noguchi says:
    August 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Wonderful tool, Steve! Now I just gotta figure out how to read my stats. I’m bookmarking the shit out of this.

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      August 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

      Glad you liked it. Any help I can offer with the stat tracking, you know how to get a hold of me.

  2. Michael_S
    Michael_S says:
    August 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Just wondering if any of those tools include RSS views? Personally, I read your site almost exclusively via Google Reader. Just curious if you are able to capture the (according to the feed details) 2,154 current subscribers.

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      August 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      Not sure where that number came from. If I post a lot in a day the stats via Feedburner get a little wonky, but Dueling Analogs averages about 6,700 subscribers. It updates daily.

      No, the stat trackers do not include RSS feed. That traffic never actually visits the site unless they click-thru to the site from the feed. But not the actual feed view itself.

  3. Tim Rowe
    Tim Rowe says:
    August 18, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Why is a leading zero significant? 02000 gives very different results to 2000.

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      August 18, 2010 at 10:43 am #

      First off, good find and I have corrected that problem.

      Second, in Flash numbers that have lead zeros are considered to be octal ( base 8 ) so “010” would be read as “8” instead of “10.”

  4. Randomgamerdude
    Randomgamerdude says:
    August 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    My friends and I use WhosAmungUs trackers, they’re easy to use and free for WordPress users.

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      August 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      Google Analytics is free as well, ridiculously detailed and integrates with Feedburner, Adsense and Adwords.