I deleted an article a few days ago, but the article continues to accumulate hits that are recorded on the Blog Stats page. After deletion, the hits have been showing up as an article with a numerical title (1359 -- I think this was the post number), and an empty link: http://ouroboros.wordpress.com///
To be clear: I don't mean that the old hits from before deletion are still visible on the records from those days in the past. I mean that in the two days since I deleted the post, it has still logged thousands of hits per day.
How is this possible? Why is a deleted article still recording new hits? (How is it even possible for a reader to hit a deleted article in the first place?)
And most importantly: How can I make it go away?
That's the important bit. There's some more background below:
The deleted article was getting ~10k hits a day (even before I deleted it), far far more than my entire blog. But the thousands of hits smelled weirdly artificial: there was no referrer; the article itself is pretty dull (so I doubted it had become a huge "hit"); and it just seemed likely that some bot script somewhere was downloading the page again and again at intervals. So these thousands of hits were totally swamping out everything else, making Blog Stats sort of useless (or at least frustrating, since the graphical representation is dominated by these mysterious hits).
That's primarily why I deleted the article in the first place -- I didn't want to keep seeing all of these nonsense hits. But even after deletion, the thing lives on. I'd really like to make it go away.
In case it's helpful, the original article had the following URL:
I have since created a new post with another URL (see below), copied the old text into that post, and deleted the original. Note that the new post behaves totally normally; I'm just including it for completeness' sake.
Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide.