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RSS Feed - want to track my subsribers!

  1. crystalchanwrites
    Member

    It is frustrating that I can't track the number of subscribers on wordpress.com. And that I can't track the total number of visitors. Any help would be really, really appreciated.

    Really appreciated.

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

  2. What do you mean by track? Why do you want to track anyone?

  3. Your WordPress.com followers are found here note that Followers (includes Publicize)
    http://wordpress.com/my-stats/?blog_subscribers

    Your email only subscribers are found here http://wordpress.com/my-stats/?blog_subscribers&type=email

    Your comment followers are found here http://wordpress.com/my-stats/?comment_subscribers

  4. Our stats are not real time stats. For details see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/ and note the views and viewers take hours to update.

    Please do not assume that everyone who clicks a like button actually reads the post on your blog because odds are they may not.

    Also note 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 and shares and comments and reblogs and follows are not page views. In fact, likes, shares, comments and reblogs are completely misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com/Gravatar account who is logged into WordPress.com can "follow" your blog, "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.

    Logged in 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

    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.

  5. There is no upgrade you can purchase here that provides FTP access and the ability to install plugins like Google Analytics on a free hosted WordPress.com blog. If you want that then you will have to hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and set up your own WordPress.org install.

    From the support doc:

    Additional Info
    Can I use Google Analytics?
    No, Google Analytics cannot be used on WordPress.com blogs at this time. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info

    For Google Analytics you need a WordPress.ORG install. Here's the comparison http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  6. crystalchanwrites
    Member

    Timethief,

    Totally grateful and appreciative for your help - your links are awesome. One clarification: for those who subscribe to an RSS feed off of my site, there's no way through wordpress.com to keep a count for how many subscribers I have? I'm not ready to go to a wordpress.org site, but it would be stellar if I could track this. If not, I get it: it is free, can't look a gift horse in the mouth, etc.

    If/when I do migrate to a wordpress.org site, would it be able to give me an accurate count of subscribers, total, from wordpress.com AND wordpress.org? Or just give me stats from when I started the self-hosting?

    It's a good point you make, though, that whatever data I do get can be misleading. Take it with a grain of salt, I guess, and just focus on the blog...

    Again, a million gratitudes.

  7. for those who subscribe to an RSS feed off of my site, there's no way through wordpress.com to keep a count for how many subscribers I have?

    Correct. Anyone can subscribe to an RSS feed on any public blog and there's no tracking.

    If/when I do migrate to a wordpress.org site, would it be able to give me an accurate count of subscribers, total, from wordpress.com AND wordpress.org? Or just give me stats from when I started the self-hosting?

    Both stats and subscribers from .wordpress.com blogs can be transferred to wordpress.org installs via the Jetpack plugin.

  8. crystalchanwrites
    Member

    Your expertise and knowledge have been wonderful. Thank you, Timethief.

  9. You're welcome and best wishes.

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