How do I measure thee? … or site stats for dummies

This has proven difficult, as I only have two web statistics packages available to me.  Webalizer and AWStats.

I first had a look at Webalizer, and I was impressed with the numbers.  Too impressed.  The numbers didn’t pass the reasonableness test.  I’m good, but I don’t think I’m that good.  That Webalizer is no longer being developed was another turn off.

So here are the hit counts from AWStats

Hit count for wisefaq.com

"So why were February and May such great months?"  Glad you asked!

February can be explained by a couple of posts linking to Microsoft blog posts.  Ironic when you think about it.

May?  Just some good posts in my opinion, and not just a miracle.

Update

"So how does it actually compare to Weblizer?"  Not as bad as I originally thought, but you can see that Webalizer is clearly higher, here’s the comparison graph:

Hit count comparison between Webalizer and AWStats, for wisefaq.com

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