“Hit” vs. “Pageview”
When users access a Web site, their computer sends a request to the site's server to begin downloading a page. Each element
of a requested page (including graphics, text, and interactive items) is recorded by the site's Web server log file as a "hit."
If a page containing two graphics is accessed by a user, those hits will be recorded once for the page itself and once for each
of the graphics. Webmasters use hits to measure their servers' workload. Because page designs and visit patterns vary from site to site,
the number of hits bears no relationship to the number of pages downloaded, and is therefore a poor guide for traffic measurement.
When the page is actually seen by the user.
(Excerpted from The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Wiki Glossary
Comment from Santa Clarita Guide:
Definition of Pageviews:
Basically, a “pageview” is equivalent to an “impression” in print terms. There are two pageviews that should be of interest to you:
Site Analysis Software
The total number of pageviews Santa Clarita Guide receives annually. While this number is the largest number most often quoted by sales representatives of websites,
it would not be indicative of the number of times your ad was specifically viewed.
- The total number of pageviews your ad received, or will receive.
Google provides free software to assist web designers in understanding how people found the site and how they explored it. This program has become a standard in the industry.
At Santa Clarita Guide, we encourage our advertisers to become savvy Internet advertising buyers. Ask for the Google Analytics information of web sites seeking your advertising dollars!
Websites that download and use this free Google™ tool can identify:
- Number of pageviews*
- Traffic sources (countries, states, and cities)
- Pages most viewed and the traffic sources for these specific pages*
This enables you, the ad buyer, to determine if you wish to be on their most viewed pages or on the pages specific to your industry.
Ask for proof of the claims made. Ask to see the Google Analytics.
*Google Analytics does not
count all pageviews. Please see note on Cookies in the section below.
Most computer users now understand that they can raise their security level on their computer by disabling “cookies” from accessing their computer. IAB defines cookies as "A cookie is a text-only string
of information from a website via a "response header" that a web browser transfers to a cookie file on a client PC. The client PC browser has sole discretion to store these response headers from one or more websites."
You should be aware that Google Analytics does not count computers that have disabled cookies from accessing their computer. Therefore, the statistics provided by Google Analytics can be considerably lower than statistics provided by other vendors.
However, if you request Google Analytics from web sites selling advertising, the playing field is leveled.
It's About More than Pageviews!
Ask how many advertisers your ad space shares. At Santa Clarita Guide, you purchase the space, so every time someone visits the page, your ad will appear. Some websites sell one space to numerous people, so it may appear to one out of every three
(or even 90!) visitors.
Two web sites approach you for advertising. Site A tells you they have 10,000 pageviews monthly, Site B 40,000 pageviews monthly. Site A offers you an ad space for $500/month; Site B the same size space for $250/month. Is the second the better deal?
It might be, but it may not be. Ask a few more questions:
- How many advertisers share the same space?
If the first site sells the space exclusively to you, your ad will be viewed potentially 10,000 times. If the second site sells the same space to four businesses, your ad may be viewed 10,000 times. You now have your first comparative number:
Site A = $500/10,000 pageviews; Site B - $250/10,000 pageviews
- Where are the ads located on the page?
If Site A places your ad at the top of the page, and Site B places your ad at the bottom of the page, you’ll need to view the page and determine how likely it is that a viewer will scroll to the bottom of the page to see your ad. It may be likely
that at least 50% of the viewers will not scroll to the bottom of the page. Now the sites are offering the same rate.
- How targeted is the site or page to your audience?
Are you a kid-friendly attraction located on a page targeted to someone seeking the latest stock market figures? Or are you a kid-friendly attraction located on a page targeted to parents seeking something to do with their kids? Expect to spend
more when reaching your targeted audience.
That's the end of our Tutorial
But we welcome your questions! Web advertising is our business, so we'll do our best to educate our clients just as you will do your best to direct your clients.
! No question is too direct.