I don't think my stats are showing up properly

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    I don’t think my stats are showing up properly. The stats are saying that TONS more people are visiting my homepage, but my homepage requires you to click on posts before viewing them. There’s also an extremely larger number of people that would be visiting my site. As happy as I would be to have such a larger volume of visitors, I don’t think it’s correct at all and would like my stats to be accurate…
    Blog url: http://bookaddictsguide.wordpress.com/

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



    The stats are saying that TONS more people are visiting my homepage, but my homepage requires you to click on posts before viewing them.

    Note that unless you use P2, a twitter-like theme, comments are collapsed on the front page of your blog where our posts are “showcased”. By clicking the post title or the comments link the posts on the front page open on their own page where all comments display.

    The way the comments function is coded into the core of WordPress and we cannot change this. The reason for this structure is that in a new blog one does not have many posts or comments. In an established blog if the comments did not collapse on the front page it would become a mile long in no time flat and page loading time is a page ranking factor. We have only seconds before visitors refuse to wait and click out.

    For clarity likes and shares numbers are 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” and “share” your posts in several locations such as the Reader without ever clicking into your blog and creating a page view stat. Those who have username accounts only but no blog can become followers and click the “like” and/or “share” buttons. Those who do not have accounts cannot use the like button. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/07/09/wordpress-followers-likes-and-stats/



    I don’t think it’s correct at all and would like my stats to be accurate…

    I have flagged this thread so Staff take a look at your stats to check to see if they are being recorded. I assume that answer will be “yes” because I answer similar queries on this forum frequently and have yet to experience a thread where Staff reported there was an issue with stats not being recorded.


    I understand that people don’t necessarily have to click on the page to comment or like, but it’s only been the past couple of days that it’s been a DRAMATIC increase in views and doesn’t really record where they’re coming from either (which have all been at least moderately accurate in the past).

    I’m not complaining about stats NOT being recorded – I’m more concerned with the fact that I feel like there are so many more hits showing up for my blog that is actually accurate. If these were actual viewers looking at a post, the stat should still link back to which post they viewed. All of these “new views” seem to just be recorded from “Home Page/Archives” which doesn’t seem correct. If you just go to my home page, you should have to click on an actual post to see the full content.

    Thanks for your help. Just wanted to clarify.



    I’m more concerned with the fact that I feel like there are so many more hits showing up for my blog that is actually accurate.

    Why doesn’t the number of referrers add up to the number of total views?
    Not all visitors will land on your blog by clicking a link somewhere else. Visitors may type your URL directly into the web browser, click a link in an email, or click a link in another application which then loads the browser.


    If someone clicks through from search engines on a tag or category of a post rather than the post URL it shows as a Home Page/Archives hit.



    Exactly. :)

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    Fair enough… But I’ve never ever ever had over 100 hits on a Sunday (I have 109 right now)! More like somewhere around 20. I find it hard to believe that that many people are typing in my blog address directly.
    If people click from an email, sometimes that does show up as a referrer.
    I just don’t feel like it’s accurate and I’m not sure where it’s coming from. I’m somehow concerned that it’s spam although I’m not getting spam comments.



    Not to worry as Staff will assist when they appear on the forums though that may not be until Monday.


    Thanks, I appreciate it. I’ll hang tight!



    I have noticed several times that the stat about Homepage/archive are a bit mysterious. For example today I had 50 new visits on this page in less of one hour for an average of 30 per day usually. When I looked to the Live Traffic Feed I had on Feedjit I do not find any track of those visits to my home page. I would have the tendency to think that this is a kind of artefact but would be very interested to have a response of the staff.



    bookaddictsguide, I assume you’re referring to August 26. If so, they appear to be legitimate hits, but all around the same time with no reported source. It appears to have died down today.

    sucklerose, your spike appears to have come from search engines, and you are still well within your daily average.


    This did die down, but now it’s started back up again. They’re all legitimate hits? It seems like I’m having issues again today. How is it possible that they have no reported source? Are they spam hits? I have 21 views from Italy today and as far as I know, I don’t know anyone from Italy who even looks at my blog so that just seems incredibly high.
    I’m mostly concerned because yesterday, my record was broken for the most views and now I’m worried that this awesome achievement wasn’t even legitimate.
    Sorry to keep beating this topic, but I still don’t feel this is right.


    It’s possible that your blog is listed somewhere, perhaps on a book site or forum. There are also bots that pick up links for apps, such as the Taptu bot which crawls for poetry (and other things) and they then add the links to a poetry app for mobile and ipad users to view in a scrolling fashion. I see you have a blog about books and that is generally very popular. Have you tried googling to find where your links lie?


    I just Googled and it didn’t look like anything out of the ordinary…
    I’m sure my blog is listed in a few places (I posted it there), but even still, if someone came to the homepage, they would still have to click on a post to view the full post and that’s why I’m getting confused. It’s a ton of hits for just the homepage and nowhere else. I would expect that at least half of the people if the ended up on my homepage would click a link to read a post and that’s not the case at all. That’s the main reason for my concern.



    But as therattlingdoor has already explained further up this thread, people do NOT have to click on a post to view the full post on your Home page, because they could be coming to your blog via tags or categories, and that shows as a hit on Home page/Archives, it doesn’t mean anyone has even been on your Home page.



    If you had Statcounter, for instance, it tells you what URL is clicked, and so you can see if it’s a tag or category. It helps you understand how people are viewing your blog.


    Thanks for your help – I just signed up with Statcounter so I’ll try to monitor from there. Otherwise I guess I’ll just have to believe that they’re all legit hits.
    Thanks, sorry for your trouble!



    I’m sure no-one thinks it’s been any trouble. I’m sure also there is nothing for you to be concerned about. Remember there are millions of people on the internet at any one time. Chances are, if you have something ‘popular’ you are going to be found by a lot of people.


    So back to this…
    I am now on statcounter.com and although it doesn’t tell me referring links, it does tell me how many page loads I’ve had in a day. So far today I’ve had 21 page loads according to statcounter. According to WordPress I’ve had 76 views. So still, something feels very, very wrong. I still can’t help but worry about this. I really do like my stats to be accurate and it just seems like they’re still way off.
    It looks like this dramatic jump started between Aug 24-26. The stats are only enormously higher for my home page with very little change for any other page, which should still get hits as well.
    Also according to Statcounter, my homepage has gotten SIX pageloads today, not even close to 76.

    Help? I’m desperate and frustrated. So very, very frustrated. I’ve been getting so frustrated with WordPress lately that this might push me over the edge to switch to Blogger……

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