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my sessions vs unique pageviews are different for the same page

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I am looking at traffic to a single page and my sessions are different than my unique pageviews. Shouldn't they be the same?

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Hi Dennis,

Technically no, a user in a single session could register multiple pageviews for a single page but only one unique. It's a really small discrepancy here, not anything to be too concerned with, IMO.

Google explains this quite well here - have a look: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1257084?

-Tommy

 

Edit - for some reason, I was focused on the pageviews vs unique in the screenshot...which lead to "small discrepancy".  My apologies. 

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Hi Dennis,

Technically no, a user in a single session could register multiple pageviews for a single page but only one unique. It's a really small discrepancy here, not anything to be too concerned with, IMO.

Google explains this quite well here - have a look: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1257084?

-Tommy

 

Edit - for some reason, I was focused on the pageviews vs unique in the screenshot...which lead to "small discrepancy".  My apologies. 

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The sessions metric is counted against the first hit of a sessions, typically the landing page. The session value for all other pages in each visit is 0. If the page is not a major landing page, then the session count will be very low -- use unique pageviews instead.
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Hello, your explanation is very helpful.

 

And I found this example :

 

Landing page : 100 sessions, 1000 unique page views
Interpretation: 100 sessions started on that page and this page was seen during 1000 visits (the other 900 are visits that started on other pages but also went through that page).

 

It demonstrate what you explained. If I understand well, the totals between sessions & unique page views may vary from a page to another, but what about hte grand totals for a period of time? Should they be the same?

Because in my case, my unique page views are still much higher than the sessions.

 

Thank you for your help!

 

Valerie

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Hi Valerie,

I know this is a bit late, but I was trying to refresh my memory on the why to your exact question.

After reading the above from Mike S the light came back on. :-)

 

So if I visit a site, my session is allocated to one page, however I can have many unique pageviews across the rest of the pages I visit. Thus allowing many unique pageviews being created to one session count.

 

It's a good thing to have many more unique pageviews than sessions, potentially means that people are visiting more than one page. ;-)

 

Vince

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