“No clicks have been recorded on your blog yet.” What’s it mean?

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  • #409266

    My stats page displays the message, “No clicks have been recorded on your blog yet.” The stats also display a record of visitors who’ve viewed the “About” page and several of my posts. If the stats don’t count my visits to the site, who are these ghostly visitors who appear without clicking?

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

    #409390

    t3ck
    Member

    Clicks are referred to as images, and urls that point to other sites. So when someone clicks a image on your blog that would count as 1 click record and the same if someone clicks a url in your post.

    #409391

    Thanks, t3ck. Do I take it, then, that clicking on a page tab does NOT count?

    It’s off-topic, but why do most people use pseudonyms in the blog space?

    #409392

    t3ck
    Member

    You’re welcome bostonrealestatemaven,

    Correct it does NOT count if someone clicks the tabs

    for question 2 the answer is to hide their identity (Real Name)

    #409404

    I guess I should have asked the question this way: Why do they want to hide their identities?

    #409407

    raincoaster
    Member

    Clicks are only clicks that go AWAY from your blog. Internal links don’t count.

    As for that question, there are a LOT of reasons. Blogging and the social internet basically arose because people weren’t getting satisfying social experiences in their real lives, and let’s face it, pre-existing identities are constraining. Oscar Wilde said, “Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth”.

    But I know of several university papers on the subject and have lectured on it myself at MentalHealthCamp. The short answer is: because they don’t have to make money from it, so it doesn’t need to be traceable.

    #409420

    Aha! In my case, I hope to attract real estate business from my blog, so I’ve had to identify myself. But I can’t shrug off the feeling that there’s more to it than that. Facebook and other social networking sites aren’t anonymous. What’s different about the blog space?

    This is getting w-a-a-y off topic, so don’t answer if you’re busy.

    #409421

    raincoaster
    Member

    I certainly don’t have time to answer at length.

    What’s different about blogs? Blogs predate those other social networking sites. The tradition is pseudonymity. Real names are new, and came along with commercialization and using the Web for professional promotion, ie Follow Me On Twitter For All Your Sushi Catering Needs etc.

    Also, I heard something very smart from developers. Once the dot-com boom started, people developing these systems realized they could make real money at it. But they couldn’t make real money if nobody knew they were responsible. So they built right into the system the use of real names, because that’s the only thing that made sense for achieving what THEY wanted, which was a rep as “the guy who invented Zombo.com” or whatever commercial app it was.

    Also, you have the conspiracy theories about the government wanting to track us all online. Which I for one believe. Facebook didn’t spring fully-formed from the head of the Zuckster.

    #409423

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    For counting stats:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/smiley-on-your-blog/

    FWIW, That is my real name and picture.

    #409424

    raincoaster
    Member

    Also, cast your mind back to the days of the pamphleteers, people like Jonathan Swift (who used a good half-dozen pseudonyms). They used those names so they didn’t get shunned, beaten, or arrested for speaking truth to power. And it is the same now, in the blogosphere. Many major free speech advocates have used pseudonymity and blogs to get around government restrictions and tell hard truths, truths the mainstream media either has chosen not to report or of which it is unaware.

    #409428

    Thanks 1tess. I love cats, too.

    Thanks, for the thoughtful answers, raincoaster. I grew up in a different era. I was taught that when you speak out against authority, you have an obligation to do so in your own name and take whatever consequences may ensue. That, I’ve always thought, was the moral of the Socrates story: taking responsibility for your actions, and the example that sets for others.

    #409429

    raincoaster
    Member

    That era ended when Echelon came in. And then the Patriot Act, etc. And also, it was only ever confined to comfortable countries. You can ask anyone in Egypt how speaking truth to power works for them.

    #409430

    raincoaster
    Member

    Let’s just say I believe that there is no moral imperative for you to take action in a way that can be traced to you by a vindictive authority. That belief? Is handy only if you ARE a vindictive figure of authority. And the United States of America couldn’t have been founded by people who put their real names to the notes and pamphlets they published, because they would have been hanged.

    #409443

    I agree. The context is key.

    #409455

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    bostonrealestatemaven

    Thanks. I wasn’t trying to be flippant, though it looks like that.
    Angela, the smile-face thing, is what determines a hit on your stats: how many people have looked at your blog. If Angela loads, it’s a hit.

    Also in the stats we can see things that people have clicked on while they are on your/my site. But when someone clicks a link out of your blog it won’t add to your stat count.

    At any rate, this has been an interesting discussion to follow.

    #409457

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Should have included that if a reader clicks on a link within your blog, then it counts.

    #409744

    Hey there – a thick person has entered the building. I still don’t understand what the clicks thing means?

    #409745

    Like dbennison, I, too, am confused. Here are my questions:

    1. Contrary to what raincoaster says, above, the Clicks page of my stats seems to count clicks on links going to other areas of my site, as well as links going outside my site. Is that correct?

    2. If a visitor lands on my site, is that a “view?” If so, how would it be distinguised from a post “view?” How is a post “view” determined?

    3. WP has a note on the stats page, saying, “…we don’t count your own visits to your blog.” But WP DOES count my visits when I’m NOT logged in. In fact, I think that all the “views” appearing in my stats during the four weeks of my blog’s existence, have been of the latter kind. There is no smiley on my blog, and I’m doubtful it is counting visitors. What should I do? My theme is INOve.

    #409746

    husdal
    Member

    WP has a note on the stats page, saying, “…we don’t count your own visits to your blog.” But WP DOES count my visits when I’m NOT logged in

    That is correct. It is only when you are logged in that wordpress.com knows that it’s you.

    If a visitor lands on my site, is that a “view?” If so, how would it be distinguised from a post “view?” How is a post “view” determined?

    A view is a view on your home page, your page pages, your category pages or tag pages or archive pages or search result pages. Page views (a real page that is) and post views are separated in the stats, views of the home or category or tag or archive pages are not, but they are counted in the total.

    Clicks page of my stats seems to count clicks on links going to other areas of my site, as well as links going outside my site. Is that correct?
    A click is a outgoing click or an internal click that brings up a media file (e.g. an image). Click on links to other posts/pages do not count.

    #409747

    Concise and informative as usual, husdal. Thanks.

    How do the stats distinguish a post “view?” There are multiple posts on my home page. How does stats know which one a visitor is “viewing?” Does the visitor have to click on the “Read more…” link for a post “view” to register, for example? What’s the secret?

    How can I confirm that visitors’ views are, in fact, being counted by the little gremlins in my stats department?

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