More likes than actual views? Are the Stats broken?

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    I recently got a bunch of likes on a post I made on Wednesday, August 15th. 6 likes from different logged in individuals. Yet when I go to my Stats page, it says I’ve only gotten a total of 4 views. 2 on Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday.

    Is there a problem with the stats page or something? How is this possible? Obviously there should have been at least 6 views as well, right? If I could just get a quick answer if something’s going on or whatnot that would be great.

    Thank you for your time,

    The blog I need help with is



    Easy to answer: People who are subscribed in your Reader can like your posts without registering as a hit.


    Ah, but it doesn’t look like any of them were following until after that post…?


    I noticed the same thing. I just added my blog yesterday, don’t have any followers, just one hit, but already 15 likes from 6 bloggers…

    How is that possible?


    People don’t need to be following YOUR blog, they could be following a topic in the Reader such as ‘Books’ etc, for example, and they can like your post, or any post they see on any topic, without having to follow the blog.


    Ok, I’ll add a twist. I get that bloggers can like pages without actually hitting them, but recently I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten comments (real ones, responding to the content of the post) without any hits registered. Is that possible?

    Also, yesterday I noticed that although my number of views for the day went steadily higher, the number of individual page hits stopped at a certain point. At the end of the day I had many more site views than the page views indicated. Same thing for the views by country and referers numbers (all stuck in place for hours). Today I checked yesterdays stats and magically, all the stuck numbers had caught up to the site views number.

    It appears that something is not quite right with the stats these days.


    People can comment from the Reader and from email, just like the ‘likes’ without coming onto your blog, and people could comment or ‘like’ while using a proxy, and that would not show in the stats because WordPress doesn’t record proxy visits.


    And also @snoozingonthesofa, the stats are not recorded instantly.



    And some people have ‘Do not track’ enabled on their browser. IE 10 has that as the default, so people can ‘like’ and comment but it wouldn’t count in the stats, views by countries etc.


    @therattlingdoor – Thanks for your explanations. The examples that I mentioned are probably best explained by the lag time in stats that you mention. It just seems that lately that lag is getting longer; I’ve not noticed any of these things happening until quite recently.


    @snoozingonthesofa You’re welcome. Sometimes when WordPress are working on improving things it slows things down for a while, but if your stats are recording hits, then they are usually correct as far as any stat counter can be.


    Therattlingdoor wrote this…

    People can comment from the Reader…

    Really? I looked at my reader after reading your statement and I saw no means of doing this. Could be my browser.

    I know WordPress is allowing comments from emails, but if they allow them through the Reader, they are closing off any reason for any one to actually step into the blogs except for those who come through searches and rarely are they ones who actually comment.



    To be clear likes and shares are misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a blog who is logged into can “like” and “share” your posts in several locations 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.


    Thanks for responding so quickly everyone! There’s a lot I still don’t know about wordpress even though I’ve been using it for a while so I learned a lot, thank you!



    You’re welcome from me.

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