How accurate is cloudflare analytics?

I have began using Cloudflare for a couple of days and it’s awesome but what get’s me confused is my analytics account here at Cloudflare shows completely different analytics from google analytics and this has got me worrying. Google Analytics displays low or no traffic at times but Cloudflare displays some good traffic.

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For example, Google Analytics and other web-based analytics programs use JavaScript on the web browser to track visitors. As a result, Google Analytics doesn’t record threats, bots, and automated crawlers because those requests typically do not trigger JavaScript. Also, these services do not track visitors who disable JavaScript on their browser or who leave a page before it fully loads.

Finally, it’s likely that unique visitor data from the Cloudflare Analytics app is greater than your search analytics unique pageviews. This is because pageviews reflect when someone visits a page via a web browser and loads the entire page. However, when another site or service like a bot, plugin, or API is consuming partial content from your site (but not loading a full page), this counts as a unique visitor in Cloudflare and not as a pageview.

There are two Cloudflare “analytics” - one is the domain and the other is Web Analytics.

The domain analytics one is the one you see when you click the Analytics icon on the top row of options for your domain. That one report all requests going through Cloudflare and only works if the domain is proxied (orange cloud).

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The other one is the Web Analytcs, accessible from the main dashboard.

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This one works for either Cloudflare (automatically inserted when the request goes through Cloudflare) or non-Cloudflare domains (you can copy and paste a script, like you’d with Google Analytics).

This one only counts actual page views by browsers (or browser-based bots but you can filter the report) and should have a number closer to Google Analytics.

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