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Do the stats capture all views?

  1. I suspect not. I've had times when there have been more "likes" than views. Presumably because if a follower just reads on the reader but doesn't click on the original post, it doesn't count as a view. Others read on email. Not sure anything can be done about the latter, but could WordPress somehow count views on the reader, especially now you seem to be able to read the whole article on the reader and only go to the original if you click on "view original"?

    When your views are usually no more than 20-30, this matters! (Well, not in the grand scheme of things, but you know what I mean...)

    The blog I need help with is tfw5.com.

  2. Please be aware that Likes, follows, shares and reblogs are not page view stats. In fact, likes, shares and reblogs are completely 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. Likes, follows, shares and reblogs are not page views. In fact, likes, shares and reblogs are completely 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.

    Comments are gold and likes are as common as grass. That's due to the prevalence of like button spammers who click only to have your readers click back to their profiles and commercial sites.

    You can control the length of the entry sent out on your RSS feed here > Settings > Reading. Choose the "summary" setting for your RSS feed rather than to "full text". That will compel followers who are not using mobiles to click into the blog to read the full post which will create a page view stat.

    Visitors using a mobile can read the full post without creating a page view stat. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wordpresscom-reader-show-full-text?replies=31#post-1373606

    Note that setting the RSS Feed to summary does not affect the length of the post displayed on the front page or main page for posts on the blog. To create excerpts there we can split content by inserting "the more tag" http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

    Also note that you can disable "Sharing" on the same page:
    Settings > Reading
    Add to each article in your feed:
    Categories
    Tags
    Comment count
    Sharing
    Changes may not appear until you create a new post or your news reader refreshes.

    Post your feedback on the Reader changes here please > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/reader-changed?replies=223

  3. Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.

  4. John, I have my blog set up to automatically share to Twitter and LinkedIn when I publish. I've noticed that after publishing, I immediately have 2 page views... Apparently, those shares count.

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