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stats vs. likes/subscribers

  1. why do my stats and my comments and likes seem to not mesh? I've had numerous "likes" and subscribers the past few days, but my stats indicate no one's been around. How can this be? Also, these are new people, not just the 'same old' who might just be reading posts they subscribe to and hitting 'like' in the emailed post.
    Blog url: http://megarber.wordpress.com/

  2. It's because followers can read your post in many places and even click like buttons without ever entering the blog and creating a page view stat. Those who have username accounts only but no blog can become followers and click the "like" button.

    There are several different ways that readers can start following your blog.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/following/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/followers/

    Your blog followers is the sum of the following:

    • WordPress.com blog followers
    • Any followers from connected Publicize services (Facebook, Twitter, Messenger Connect, Yahoo!, or LinkedIn), which you can check in Settings -> Sharing

    Go to your site stats page and click Totals, Followers & Shares
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#totals-followers-shares

    Click the Blog link under the number and the Site Stats » My Followers page will open. Click the Email Followers link.

    As I said above a follower or anyone with a WordPress.com username account can click the “like” button without visiting your blog and creating a page view stat.

    • A follower can click the “like” button when viewing your posts in the Readomatic reader on the home page of WordPress.com
    • A follower can click the “like” button when viewing your posts on the Topics pages.
    • A follower can click the “like” button when viewing your posts when using an app.
    • An email subscriber can click the “like” button in the email they receive of your new posts without visiting your blog.

    P.S. To compel readers to click into my blog to read the full post I have set my RSS Feed to “summary” on this page > Settings > Reading

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