A few things...
First of all, to be clear, here is what I am afraid of...
Then, one day Jane Doe goes to the article "Best Cities for Small Business" and reads it. My Analytics package - I'll probably use one of the open-source ones - ticks one count for that page.
All is well.
But then Jane Doe starts reading people's comments about the Article, and it turns out that a heated debate started, and there are over 20 pages of Comments.
Being at work and having nothing to fill her time Jane Doe systematically clicks "Next >>" 19 more times to read everyone's Comments, and so my Analytics software ticks up 19 more counts for that page.
Sunday night I'm seeing how my website did, and low and behold I see - pretend there is only one visitor to my site - that my prized article "Best Cities for Small Business" just got 20 hits!!! :irock:
(Of course, in reality, there was only ONE visitor and ONE hit?!)
Secondly, in the past when I was using my Web Host's Analytics Software - before they stopped offering it - the way it worked was like this...
They gave me some code to copy and place in an include script, which I then "Included" on every page I wanted to track.
It sounds like you were saying above, that to counteract things, I'd need to write some logic to affect when things got counted, is that correct?
Finally, so I am unclear what your recommendation is...
I think I hear you saying "A Hit is a Hit", but I'm not totally sure?! :-/
Am I worrying about things that in the scheme of things won't matter, or do I have valid concerns?
(I don't care if 100 People read the same Article but page through the Comments resulting in 150 Hits. But I would care if 100 People read the same Article, go wild over the Comments section, and it appears to me that I had 2,000 Hits?!) :eek: