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Uninvited visitor showed up on my private blog!!

  1. In my site stats there is a referrer from a blogger I did not invite. Also It says I have 17 followers even though I only invited 14. I sure won't be happy if it turns out all these people can read my private blog.

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

  2. Hello there,

    Subscribers, both WordPress.com users and those who have subscribed by email, will still show up on your Subscribers stats page. However, in spite of any misleading dashboard messages, like the one below that appears after you publish a new post, new posts are not sent out to your previous subscriber list. The only people who will be able to subscribe to your private site are the people you’ve invited to view it. http://wpcommaven.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/blog-privacy-and-subscribers/

  3. Thanks, could you explain the link though? Sorry if I don't understand it quite correctly. But in the "Referrer" section of the Stats page, it is telling me someone clicked on my blog (or blog post) from a person's blog where neither my private blog nor my user link should appear. Why is that?

  4. Just found a second foreign referrer under "Quarter" in my stats.

  5. I don't have an avswer for you. What I know about private blogs is that when you make a public blog private it takes 3 - 6 months before the original links will disappear from the SERPs (search engine page results) when Googles clears their cache. Another thing I know about private blogs is that "the weak links" are the susbcribers. If they are foolish enough to post your URL anywhere on line then it can be clicked and when clicked all the person sees is the private blog log-in box. That counts as a stat even though they did not enter the blog.

  6. Please do not post details here into forum threads. Read this > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/regarding-referrer-spam?replies=1

    Support will be closed over the weekend. We will reopen by 8am Pacific Time on Monday, March 12th. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    Also note that these threads in this public forum are instantly indexed by Google and are available to everyone on the internet. I suggest that you may wish to communicate privately with Staff by waiting until 8am Pacific Time on Monday, March 12th and then using the Help button to contact Staff on the top right hand corner of your Admin pages.

  7. I will ask my WP neighbors however this blog was never public. Anyone else who could answer the question?

  8. Staff can view your private site at will. In a sensible universe they would also have the authority to leave no evidence of that, but it has happened… But it is unlikely in your case.

    Also, if some of your users share a laptop or use a public computer, and they neglect to log out and to clear cache and cookies, there is a possibility that others will be able to read your blog. Such "readers" however would look to you like one of your invited users.

    The discrepancy might be explained by some of your invited users access your blog by both email and rss? Not sure, but it seems logical: rss and email readers are counted separately??? Not sure: what I mean is that someone could be counted twice by accessing your site two different ways????

  9. 1Tess, thank you for those ideas. I'm pretty sure none of my invited / non invited people share anything. But I shall check. In the meantime, I have a question (next comment box because it for everyone). Would appreciate your input. Cheers.

  10. Okay, QUESTION: the uninvited link I'm the Referrers section is a WP user with her own blog. So, let's say this person is called:

    suspect.wordpress.com.

    Now I see the link suspect.wordpress.com in my Referrers section of the Site Stats. ***Doesn'tthis mean I should be able to find MY private blog link at that address??

    OR if the Referrer is suspect.wordpress.com/theblogiwroteyesterday THEN I should be able to find my link somewhere from that blog post, right?

    Or am I wrong? Because suspect.wordpress does NOT appear to have on her blog, a link to my private one.

  11. Not great timing that the support is gone all weekend.

  12. Don't forget to look in comments. Someone could have commented and put a link to your blog in there.

    Also; even if your blog is private, you can't prevent people from linking to it if they know it exists. That doesn't mean they can read it. Anyone clicking through that link will show as a hit even if they can't read your blog.

  13. Raincoaster,

    Thanks for that! I probably should have said this - I don't mind at all if they click on the link **as long as they can't read my blog**. Honestly, it's nothing shocking, just some personal stuff I'd rather keep among a few friends.

    I did in fact scour both blogs and clicked on all the links twice; comments and all. Nothing. I went back one year and found a total of 2 websites as referrers; one was a person who was vaguely friendly to me a few years ago (and not a bad person by any means) and the other one was a political blog.

    No hint of links there so I still don't quite understand how someone could have clicked from those sites.

  14. Another thing I know about private blogs is that "the weak links" are the susbcribers. If they are foolish enough to post your URL anywhere on line then it can be clicked and when clicked all the person sees is the private blog log-in box. That counts as a stat even though they did not enter the blog.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/uninvited-visitor-showed-up-on-my-private-blog?replies=13#post-837390

  15. So, if the referrer got through, they did not necessarily see the private blog? If that's the case, that is reassuring.

  16. They could not and did not view the blog. They viewed the protected log-in private blog page only.

  17. @Timethief

    I agree; however user error was the first thing suggested for most of my technical problems, and it usually is something else within WordPress (my last issue simply took a few days to "kick in", no idea why that would be). There are only 8 invitees to my private blog (who I've known for 4+ years), most single women who have no other WP users with access to their computer.

    I don't understand at all how RSS feeds work, but unless there can be "shared" feeds, I don't know how that referrer could have access to my blog from her site.

  18. @Timethief

    "They could not and did not view the blog. They viewed the protected log-in private blog page only."

    That is WAY less alarming than what I assumed! Thanks, as long as there is no way my blog could suddenly become public, I'm good.

    I understand if it's a shared computer, etc, it could be seen. That is not the biggest deal in the world. I am still careful what I say on my private blog, no naming names or bashing employers, LOL! In the age of Facebook hopefully all people follow those rules.

    Thanks, and the only other thing I'd like to know is about the referrer, unless it is that spam thing mentioned, which I assume would not be from a familiar site?

  19. Thanks, and the only other thing I'd like to know is about the referrer, unless it is that spam thing mentioned, which I assume would not be from a familiar site?

    We have come full circle back to > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/regarding-referrer-spam?replies=1

  20. Your site is private so you have no RSS feed.

  21. Ah, okay. Thank you both!! :)

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