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Strange occurence in my private blog's stats

  1. I made this blog private, and even made the posts within it private. I checked the site stats and there are views for several posts. I logged out to confirm that my blog wasn't visible without my consent. So I'm wondering how anyone could have seen anything. In the "site stats" section, it says that the referrer is the WordPress Dashboard, which has a defunct link; it's not even written to be a URL (http://WordPress Dashboard). Any idea what's going on?

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

  2. The site linked to your username is not private so I'll assume you are talking about another?
    from http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info :

    Does Site Stats include my own visits to my blog?
    Only for private blogs. For users with private blogs, your Site Stats page will show any visits that you have made to your own blog, as well the visits of other users who have access to your blog.

    Also note that staff can look at private blogsā€¦

  3. Thanks for the reply. Yes, I am talking about a different blog than the one linked to my username. I checked my own visits to the blog to make sure I wasn't counted, and I also had made the individual entries private. But I didn't know the staff can look at private blogs; is this the only possible explanation? And does this have anything to do with the reason for the broken link in the site stats section?

  4. If you go to a private blog, that counts as a hit even if you cannot see into it. You just get the "This Blog is Private" message, but it counts as a hit.

  5. As I said above:

    For users with private blogs, your Site Stats page will show any visits that you have made to your own blog

    from http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/
    Note: WordPress.com employees can access blogs for support and development purposes regardless of Privacy setting.

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