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Stats page and ignored traffic

  1. We did serveral tests (several days) with wordpress.com blogs and we know that traffic came from the Bing search engine but there is no sign from it in wordpress.com.

    Why does traffic from Bing not appear in the stats page from our blogs?

    If I did a quick search here on the tag bing: I found one result:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/tag/bing/
    Visiting the page only gave me info about Google, yet it is tagged with the keyword Bing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/search-engines/

    Will this ignoring change in the near future?

    Kind regards.

  2. I cannot help you. There have been changes made to the global tag pages and I can see that they appear to be ongoing at present and confirm that I am experiencing exactly what you are reporting. I assume Staff will be updating us members on this soon. http://wordpress.com/#!/tags/ I will flag this thread so we get an update on what is going on from Staff.

  3. @teusje-Here's what it say on that Support page:

    For the sake of brevity, the following questions all refer to Google. However the same answers apply to all search engines.

    (emphasis mine)

    I realize this doesn't answer your question about why you are not seeing Bing as a search engine referrer in your Stats, and indeed see that you asked a similar question about a year ago, so hopefully a Staff member will be able to assist with an answer.

  4. @tt, I believe that teusje was referring to a tag that appears in the Support Docs.

  5. @justjennifer
    Thanks for the catch. :)

  6. We did serveral tests (several days) with wordpress.com blogs and we know that traffic came from the Bing search engine but there is no sign from it in wordpress.com.

    Why does traffic from Bing not appear in the stats page from our blogs?

    Maybe you need to wait 4-5 minutes, then may the visitors appear. Did you try it? Because its usually for me takes some minutes to refresh the status.

  7. Indeed, and if they were logged in to WP.com when they went to Bing, searched for something, and clicked to their blog, of course they won't show up. Bloggers aren't counted on their own blogs when they're logged in.

  8. We tried with several unique ip addresses with logged in users and users who don't have wordpress. and it is not their blog and some users even never visited the blog before.
    (not going into detail, but I work in IT)

    So why does traffic from Bing (never?) not show up in the stats?

    "Maybe you need to wait 4-5 minutes" --> read my first post, we tested it for 'several days' with other people -_- .

    (and about the page about search engines (or should I say Google?), does google pay you for writing their name? You could have used Bing, Yahoo or just 'search engine' instead of 'Google' on every line. If you tag an article with Bing and you don't see the word Bing on the whole page but only google.. that makes me feel sad.)

  9. Thanks for all the details everyone. I'm looking into what the specifics are here and will add updates as I know more info.

  10. Alright, some more details for y'all. :)

    In general search engine terms won't show up in the referrers box. Instead they'll show up in the "Search engine terms" module in your stats page.

    It is normal to see a few Google referrers that are not searches as these will come from the other, non-search Google services.

    Occasionally there will be referrers listed that are obviously search results. When this happens it's likely because the engine has changed it's URL scheme and we haven't yet updated our rules for filtering. Once updates are made the terms will be pulled into the "Search engine terms" module mentioned above but not shown in the referrer list.

    So, for Bing, those searches will appear as part of the search engine terms used to find your site but won't appear as individual referrers. Hope that helps clear it all up.

  11. "It is normal to see a few Google referrers that are not searches as these will come from the other, non-search Google services."

    for example: This link and many many others are showing up in the Referrers:

    http://www.google.co.in/?#hl=en&sa=X&ei=Jm1gTq6TFc-GrAfIme0N&ved=0CBYQBSgA&q=RibbonControlsLibrary%3Bcomponent/Themes/Office2007Blue.xaml is not a part of the project&spell=1&fp=1&biw=1138&bih=587&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&cad=b

    This means that in the last year, till now, wordpress didn't update the filter rules for google? (because really, I see lots of google referrers that are coming from the google search engine which have the same url structure, and not a single one from yahoo, bing, duckduckgo, ..)

    Thanks for commenting on this andrewspittle. I hope to see this changed in the near future.

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