I know it’s pretty common for Pantheon’s site traffic stats to vary from other analytics that measure actual visitors. But our Pantheon stats are more than 4 times what Google says. This page pantheon.io/docs/traffic-limits says
Analytics suites (e.g. Google Analytics) are measuring fundamentally different things vs Pantheon’s request log. While analytics suites focus on measuring visits, our request log more comprehensively measures traffic.
We track every single request to the platform, whereas analytics tools will typically only track complete “pageviews” where an HTML page including a tracking snippit is completely loaded by a browser and can fire off a subsequent request to the analytics platform.
So I’m wondering if anyone has suggestions for where we can look to identify and hopefully stop any services that may be hitting the site and driving the apparent traffic up. This isn’t just an annoyance, the overcounting could potentially cost us hundreds of dollars a month, and we’re a nonprofit so we’re not making money off this traffic (whether it’s real or not).
Here are the monthly stats from the past 12 months from Pantheon and Google Analytics: