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What has Happened to the Stats?

  1. In addition to my problems with my avitar, there seems to be no stats recorded over the last 48 hours. I had one "like" and a couple of followers during that time but that doesn't not seem to be reflected in the number of views to my blog. Why is that?

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

  2. 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. 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 reblogs are not page views. In fact, likes, shares and reblogs are completely misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can "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.

    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.

    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

    Note that setting the RSS Feed to summary does not affect the length of the post displayed on the front page or main page for posts on the blog. To create excerpts there we can split content by inserting "the more tag" http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

    Also note that you can disable "Sharing" on the same page:
    Settings > Reading
    Add to each article in your feed:
    Categories
    Tags
    Comment count
    Sharing
    Changes may not appear until you create a new post or your news reader refreshes.

  3. Wow! That's rather mind-blowing especially if you rely on stats to promote your blog. But if the person who liked a post doesn't not follow me, how are they able to see my blog post without going to my site? Isn't the purpose of the reader is to display only the blogs you follow? Or is that too misleading? One thing I neglected to mention is views through links was also not recorded on January 10 and 11.

  4. I'll tag this thread for Staff to take a look at your stats and respond to you here. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  5. A few things to note here.

    First of all, the blog hashtagonsports.wordpress.com is a very new site with little content and low traffic. At this point, stats aren't really terribly useful. As you grow your site and your traffic increases, the stats will become meaningful.

    Having said that, I don't see anything amiss with the stats right now. It's possible that someone liked your post on one day but because of time zones, the visit may not show up until the next day.

    Finally, to this point:

    if you rely on stats to promote your blog

    Stats don't do anything to promote a blog, nor do Likes. They are just a reflection of how many people are visiting your site and help you understand how the users are interacting and where they are coming from. To boost your traffic, be sure to keep posting well-written and interesting blog posts. Use images, as they will encourage people to visit posts they find in their Reader. Consider visiting similar blogs and commenting on them.

    Once your traffic increases, you should find the stats more useful.

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