I am puzzled by the very large difference between A. page views that bit.ly tracks, for my posts, and B. the page/post views that are showing up in WordPress stats.
My typical process is that immediately after I publish, I get a bit.ly shortener for my post, and then I publicise the shortener via my usual channels (which would typically be twitter, facebook status, linked in status, and maybe some linked in groups depending on the content of the post). My expectation is that most of my traffic would come from this type of push notification. However what I am seeing from my stats is quite different.
What I am seeing from my bit.ly stats is very very low uptake. My bit.ly promotions are only driving about 20% of my views, roughly speaking. OK it's perfectly possible that one explation for this is that my bit.ly promotions just aren't very effective! But if this is so, then it's a puzzle to me what actually is going on with getting readers, as clearly people are finding me somehow. I do have some subscribers, but not so very many, and according to WordPress stats I also regularly pick up readers from organic search on google, but these search referrers are highly concentrated on driving traffic to a few posts. Also I get some spammy referrers but not a huge number. So if you add up my bit.ly views, and my subscriber numbers, and my google type of organic search traffic, and my spammy referrers, there's still a pretty big mystery segment. Say, half my views. The only guess I can make is that they are coming from feed subscribers, but this doesn't feel right to me. Any ideas?
The blog I need help with is insightanalysis.wordpress.com.