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Off-site Activity and Stats

  1. When readers don’t have to click into a blog to read a full post in the WordPress.COM reader, exactly which off site activity constitutes creating a page view stat?

    Is a remotely clicked like considered to be a page view stat?
    Is a remotely clicked share considered to be a page view stat?
    How about a remotely clicked reblog? Is it considered to be a page view stat?
    Is a remotely clicked follow considered to be a page view stat?
    Is a remotely made comment considered to be a page view stat?

    When readers read only an excerpt of a blog post in the Reader and do not click into the blog it’s published on, which off site activity (see above) that they undertake constitutes creating a page view stat?

  2. This thread is tagged for a Staff response. I'm choosing to post this thread in the community support forum rather than getting my answers in a private support ticket, so the community know what the answers are.

  3. Good questions and I am looking forward to the answers.

  4. It's good to know I'm not alone when it comes to wanting to know what the answers are.

  5. I agree with your concerns and look forward to seeing answers to your questions.

    I also support your position on everything said about Reader in your Worrisome post.

    And thank you for pursuing the matter.

  6. gentlestitches
    Member

    I would also like to know the answers to these questions. The questions have been rattling around in my brain and I would like to know.

  7. @timethief: thank you very much for this thread. :)

  8. Hi timethief, here are some answers for you.

    The short answer is that most of what you've listed does not count as a pageview.

    There are two different ways to get to a full post view from the Reader, and they both count as a pageview for the blog:

    1) Clicking the title of the post takes you to a full-post view in the Reader.

    2) Clicking on "X more words" on a Reader post takes you to the post on the blog itself.

    We define 'pageview' pretty strictly:
    - A full post view in the Reader.
    - A view of any page/post/index-page/tag-page/homepage on a blog/site.

    So while all of the things you mention indicate a user's interaction or interest in a post, they count as a pageview only if they result in a pageview as defined above.

    Is a remotely clicked share considered to be a page view stat?

    If someone clicks on a link shared on Facebook and that leads to viewing a post on a blog, that is a pageview.

    How about a remotely clicked reblog? Is it considered to be a page view stat?

    Same. If they click through to the source blog of the reblog, then it's a pageview. If they only view the reblog and don't click, then at this time it's currently not counted as a pageview on the source site.

    When readers read only an excerpt of a blog post in the Reader and do not click into the blog it’s published on, which off site activity (see above) that they undertake constitutes creating a page view stat?

    Counts of comments, likes, follows (regardless of whether they take place on the blog or in the Reader) are all available to the blogger, but they aren't pageviews, so they aren't counted as pageviews. A view of an excerpt also isn't counted as a pageview by our strict definition, but we might count them as Reader views in the future.

  9. @jackiedana
    Thanks so much for answering me. I appreciate it. The answers did not surprise me and have reassured me that my practice of inserting the inserting the more tag into my posts after a 55 word teaser (introduction) ,and reducing the RSS Feed for Posts to "Summary" is the way to go to encourage followers to click into my blogs where they can read full posts and also locate my Archives.

  10. Resolved!

  11. You're very welcome, timethief, and I'm glad to clear up some confusion for you (and others). The information came from one of our developers who works directly with our site stats, so feel free to refer to it if you run into other questions in the future.

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