Web tracking issues from loading multiple instances of the visitor tracking on the same page

Accidental or intentional placement of more than one visitor tracking code on the same page results in system duplicating or rejecting certain visitor statistics

In order for your visitor tracking project to function properly, you must ensure the correct code installation across all the pages of your website. One of the most important aspects of the installation procedure is a proper placement of the visitor tracking code as close as possible to the upper part of your webpage and making sure that there is ONLY ONE instance of the code. Using multiple instances of the visitor tracking code on the same page is comparable to using multiple cellular phone for THE SAME phone number. If you program multiple SIM cards with the same user account data and start using multiple phones on the same phone number, the cellular network will automatically disable your account to avoid hijacking of your account and to avoid communication conflicts.

The most common mistake that users make when using the visitor tracking system for blogs and social networks is placing an instance of the tracking code in each message or post they make. The outcome of such usage results in rendering of multiple instances of the code loaded simultaneously on the same page along with all posts that had a tracking code embedded. This creates a conflict within the tracking procedurals of the system, since it sees multiple and absolutely identical hits that come from the same IP practically at the same time. Since the tracking system is designed to filter out spam, fishing attacks and detect an account abuse, it will periodically place an internal alert flag on such activity and dismiss logging of such visits.

Having multiple instances of the visitor tracking code loaded within the same page may produce the following:

  • Duplicate entries may show up on your logs
  • Some visits will not be detected, resulting in missing data
  • You may notice "Duplicate Code" alert icon instead of the Tracker Icon you have installed
  • Continuous use of the system in such manner may disable your account
To achieve an optimum performance of your visitor tracking account, the following are the recommendations:
  •  If your website editor, blog or social network template editing software allows placement a custom content in the header or footer, place a single instance of your visitor tracking code preferably in the header. This will help detecting the visitors as soon as they start loading your web pages. Placing the code in the footer, may not always produce reliable visitor detection, since some of your content may not properly load and prevent the tracker code loading.
  • Placing your visitor tracking code in the header or footer of your website, will automatically load your visitor tracking code on all pages of your website, ensuring that no visitor activity is missed on any of your pages
  • If you do not have an option to place the code in the header, footer or a sidebar of your website, you can manually place the code separately on each page of your website, however, ensure that exactly the same code/tracker style is used across all of your pages
  • If the only option you have is placing the tracking code in one of your posts, the tracker code needs to be only placed in one of your most recent posts. With each new message posted, the blog or social network user needs to remove the previous instance of the tracker code from the previous message and then move it to the latest post to be made.
If the above recommendations are followed, you will enjoy a great tracking functionality brought to you by the developers of  TraceMyIP

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