How to calculate Page Impressions for blog

I was reading one blog. The owner of this blog was bragging about his recent fat pay check from Vibrant Media and that Vibrant Media is a very good money making online as well as a good paymaster. Upon reading his blog post I was so impressed and that without wasting time I was already in Vibrant Media website to get myself registered as one of Vibrant Media publisher.

I found the website and I was ready to sign up, however, I was greeted with a cold hard truth. To be qualifed to join Vibrant Media Publishers your blog must received 500,000 page impression per month, and that killed my eagerness to join Vibrant media instantly. I wonder how many blog has the capacity to get 500,000 page impression per month. It seems tough to me.

So I was wondering how much is my page impression per month. I was looking at my pageviews and it was only 106,220 (accumulated pageviews) up until now. I really don't know what was the different between pageviews and page impression. Perhaps if some of you know something about it please share them here in the comment section. Just in case if pageviews and page impression is actually two different things then my problem would be how to calculate page impression for website of blog. Adsense seems to have a tool to calculate page impression but still, whether or not adsense page impression is applicable or can be use as the basis to calculate page impression.

After searching high and low, I came a cross with ehow.com. Somebody wrote one article about this subject and it seems this article was the more reliable one, at least for the time being. The followings is how to calculate page impression from ehow.com

How to calculate page impression
By ehow.com

The act of loading a webpage constitutes one page impression. Page impressions are distinct from hits in that they describe the loading of a URL, whereas a hit describes the loading of each file within that URL (for instance, if there are images within the webpage, each separate file accrues an additional hit). Calculating and tracking page impressions requires the installation of analytics software. There are a wide variety of free and paid analytics applications that can be used to record page impressions and other web traffic data.

Calculating Page Impressions Using Web-based Analytics Software

1. Sign up for the web-based analytics software of your preference (see Resources for options).

2. Install the JavaScript tracking code on the web pages you wish to track. Almost all web-based analytics packages use small JavaScript applications to register visitor traffic. These scripts should be placed in the element of your HTML webpage and will track a large range of data related to each visit.

3. Access your web-based analytics reporting panel to view page impression data. After installing the software, it should begin recording data immediately. As time passes, the data recorded will become more robust as the number of visits increase, and you will be able to determine average page impressions and other information.

Calculating Page Impressions Using Server-Side Analytics Software

1. Download the server-side analytics software of your preference (see Resources for options).

2. Install the server-side analytics software onto your web server. Many of these packages rely on SQL databases to record data, so there may be a need to configure the software to connect with an additional database on your server.

3. Install the JavaScript tracking code on the web pages you wish to track. Like web-based analytics software, server-side tracking requires that you include a JavaScript application to track visitor traffic. The script should be placed in the element of your HTML webpage.

4. Access your server-side analytics software administrative panel to view page impression data. After installing the software, it should begin recording data immediately. As time passes, the data recorded will become more robust as the number of visits increase, and you will be able to determine average page impressions and other information.
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