I’ve been using CloudFlare for almost a month now.
While I have noticed the faster performance using CloudFlare, my site traffic seemed to decline dramatically over the past few weeks.
This was puzzling me and it’s been a minor source of frustration, as I monitor my site daily to check various site traffic indicators.
For one, I try to determine my most popular landing pages and keyword searches, so that I have an idea who my audience is.
I seldom get comments for some reason (still trying to figure that one out), so I rely on the feedback of various web statistics services on the Internet, like StatCounter and SiteMeter.
Update: The reason I’ve been getting no comments is that my login/registration pages have been hidden!
Actually, for this site I stopped using SiteMeter, mainly because the site was down for days at a time in November, and this affected my stats. So, I mainly relied on StatCounter but that’s when I suddenly noticed too that my stats were going down.
Yet, my Alexa Rank kept improving.
This got me thinking that perhaps CloudFlare‘s analytics were more accurate, assuming that my site traffic is funneling through CloudFlare’s name servers. This is also how they handle Spammers and Hackers, flagging potential malicious threats to my site.
Chart: Last 7 Days
Chart: Page Views, Last 7 Days
CloudFlare states that my site traffic shouldn’t be affected, but based on what I’ve seen so far, I think CloudFlare’s stats are more accurate, and shows better results.
With all respect to StatCounter, they seem to be missing a lot of site traffic.
What CloudFlare Says
Keep in mind: CloudFlare can only track visitors that go through the CloudFlare system, which is represented by an orange cloud on your DNS settings page.
CloudFlare states that their Analytics are more accurate than other Analytics services.
Indeed, CloudFlare’s statistics do seem more accurate. And it seems logical that certain site traffic will be hidden from other Web Statistics services:
- Threats, bots and other automated crawlers might not be detected. This is something to bear in mind, as certain traffic could fall under the radar of other Web Statistics services. Also, some web surfers surf the web anonymously through third party, online services. However, I don’t know how much of a factor that would be.
- Other services might not track visitors who leave before a page is fully loaded. Since CloudFlare tracks visitors from the initial page request side, they claim to track all visitors, even if they quickly leave before a web page is fully loaded.
I will continue to monitor both my StatCounter stats and CloudFlare’s Analytics, and compare the results in the next few weeks. Also, site traffic tends to decline a bit for personal blogs, since the Holiday Season causes many to be pre-occupied with Holiday stuff.