How is it that “private” posts get hits?

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  • #434985

    musecatcher
    Member

    I am showing visitors to my site landing on “private” posts. How is that possible?

    The blog I need help with is musecatcher.com.

    #435162

    timethief
    Member

    Are you the only Admin and user on your blog?
    Or do your have others users with Admin or Editor status?

    #435166

    musecatcher
    Member

    Just me. I am the only admin. Stat counter is showing hits to private posts. I don’t get it.

    #435168

    timethief
    Member

    There gas just been an update of the Stats system and a new added feature for front page views. Other bloggers have been reporting stat spikes. I’m wondering if the hits you see weren’t due to the stats system changes.
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/new-stat-section-home-page?replies=40
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/stat-spikes?replies=2

    #435169

    timethief
    Member

    I wonder if it’s possible that the new changes to the Stats system caused this. In any event only Staff can answer this question.

    #435171

    musecatcher
    Member

    All of the hits are coming from “Snap Technologies”. Could this shed any light on it?

    #435186

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, that’s the Snap Preview that some people use. If the post is private, they will see a Page Not Available, they will not see the post itself.

    Also, if the post is password-protected, anyone clicking on the title counts as a hit, even if they don’t have the password and can’t see the post.

    #435188

    musecatcher
    Member

    Thank you. What is Snap preview and how would they be seeing posts that have been marked private via that? In other words, how on earth would they find the private post to begin with?

    #435193

    http://snap.com

    It’s a little screenshot service for when people hoverover wordpress.com blogs. They don’t find the private post. They just find your blog, and someone may link to the post.

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