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  1. I published the post "Lands by the Sea" today (11/22/2013) and by 18.23 New York time I got 19 "likes" on this post. All of them are from WP bloggers (I know their blogs and I received appropriate emails from them today).
    At the same time stats show only 5 views of this post.
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    As a rule likes on my posts and emails from bloggers exceed views on stats 2-3 times.
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    Sometime total "likes" for the day are substantially exceed total views in stats.

    The blog I need help with is closetoeighty.wordpress.com.

  2. Be aware that our stats are not real time stats. For details see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/
    Note the views and viewers take hours to update.

    Also know that those who follow your blog in the Reader or by email don't have to click into the blog unless they wish to. Likes, follows, shares and reblogs are not page views and are misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can "like", "share" and "reblog" your posts in several locations such as the Reader, without ever clicking into your blog and creating a single page view stat.

    I'll tag this thread for Staff to take a close look at your stats. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  3. Dear timethief,
    I am a retired computer analyst and programmer.
    Every system and every computer display must satisfy users.
    As a blogger I need to know at least once a day how popular my posts are.
    I understand everything you said but I don't understand how I can use this stats.
    I had record number of hits on my second post (10/03/2013) when there were no followers at all. Now I have more than thousand followers and half of hits I had at that time.

  4. Hi again,
    I'll tag this thread for a Staff response. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  5. Hi there,

    When a WordPress.com user follows your blog, they will see your blog posts in the "Blogs I Follow" section of the Reader. From the Reader, they can Like or Reblog your post without having that count as a page view in your stats. If they click in the Reader to view the full post, or click through to your blog, it will count as a page view in your stats.

    One thing to consider is that page views are only one of many statistics you can use to track how your blog is doing. Increased numbers of followers, likes, reblogs, or other visitor interactions may not match up exactly with page views, but they are also valuable measures of how many people are interested in your blog.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about that. :)

  6. Dear Rachelmcr, as a former system analyst who worked many
    years for the Bank of New York, Mobil Oil and Home Insurance Company I am accustomed to think not how any system currently works but if the way it works satisfies users.
    I do understand that number of followers, reblogs, likes and comments are valuable but this particular thread is about PAGE VIEWS.
    Today page views and views by country basically show people who are not followers of the blog. That's why page views count is negligible in comparison with number of followers and often less than daily count of likes. My question is: why if WP user sees a blog post in the Reader it is not counted as a page view? Is it too difficult to program or is there some important consideration behind it?

  7. If I subscribed to your blog with my Reader, I will see the lead picture (sometimes more pictures) and three lines of text from you Post - at that point I can click on "Like" without reading more than three lines of text and not reading your whole Post (which should trigger a Page View for your site if I read it)

    I look at my stats daily and fret a bit about traffic ups and downs, but I always caution people to look at the trends over time

  8. Dear Auxclass, as an experienced system analyst and programmer I find it WRONG that anyone can click on "like" or "reblog" without reading the WHOLE post. How can you like or dislike something if you saw only the lead picture and three lines of text? Suppose in the middle of the text there is something that is absolutely not acceptable to you but you are unaware of it and you already clicked on "like" or "reblog" .

  9. I find it WRONG that anyone can click on "like" or "reblog" without reading the WHOLE post

    I do too. I have my RSS Feed for entries set to Summary and I insert the more tag into each posts so only excerpts display on the front page and in the Reader. On that same Reading Settings Page we can also disable Sharing under Enhanced Feeds. That`s what I do to drive traffic to my posts. I answer every comment I approve on my posts.

    Another thing I do is break all the social media networking rules. I do not have nor want a Facebook or Google Plus account. I use only Twitter. I don`t have either the time nor the inclination to spend chatting about what I ate in my last or next meal and post images on social media platforms.

    One thing to consider is that page views are only one of many statistics you can use to track how your blog is doing. Increased numbers of followers, likes, reblogs, or other visitor interactions may not match up exactly with page views, but they are also valuable measures of how many people are interested in your blog.

    I do not consider any like button click nor any share click and any off site discussion re: my posts on any social network to in any way, shape or form to reflect how well my blog is doing. I consider that to be a reflection of our new reality which is what raincoaster said in another thread.

    Legitimate discourse about blog posts has moved to social media platforms. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/lurk-like-follow-or-comment-what-do-you-do?replies=22#post-1538121

  10. On that same Reading Settings Page we can also disable Sharing under Enhanced Feeds.

    @TT - I guess disabling the Sharing on a feed confuses me a bit - if the feed is to summery & Read More is used, then would no having Sharing enabled let people pass on a Post from a feed easier - they still need to visit a site if the feed is to summery to read a Post

    I also have Summery in Feeds & use the Read More tag - the Read more tag in part also to make the front page easier to navigate as the Posts are easy to page through

    I just checked my site and I also have the Share in the feed turned off - but can't remember if I just left it as it was or turned it off.

    any thoughts for my bit confused on this one?

    thanks

  11. @auxclass
    I'm not ignoring you. I have keyboard issues. My keyboard is doing weird accent things when I click some upper case keys. It's as if it's a French keyboard in the hands of an English only person. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/11/25/bad-news-and-good-news/#comment-87896 I'm combing the internet looking for a fix for it. If I don't find one I may email Sergio but I promise that when I have it I'll be back here.

  12. @TT - I am subscribed to the thread & I know that you have many things going on - so was not worried at all

    take care & good luck with the gremlins

  13. @auxlass
    I have now enabled Sharing in my RSS Feed summaries now. Please see what happens in the Reader when you follow my posts there. And I see what happens with yours.

    P.S. I'm flommoxed as I had to copy and paste the @ sign here for example. Worse still is that the old keyboard went to the recycle yesterday. :(

  14. @TT - Is followed - good luck with the keyboard

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