Number of followers just jumped by 50%

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  • #898637

    Hi there. My followers have been rising slowly but steadily for months. Last week I had 89 – then suddenly a few days ago, the number jumped to 142. I would be delighted if this was a genuine rise – but that seems unlikely. Has WP introduced a different way of classifying followers, or something, that might explain such a sudden jump?

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

    #898726

    disconcerter
    Member

    Have you checked your stats for any clues?

    Did a really popular blog link back to yours?

    Did you write a super cool comment in someone else’s popular blog?

    Did you publish a super cool post?

    If you don’t want so many followers you can always give them to me ;)

    #898743

    oberheu
    Member

    Did you recently link to your facebook page? I noticed a big jump a couple months ago and found it attributed to a new way of reflecting your fb friends. When you are linked to publicize on fb, it counts them in the followers on your blog.
    Or maybe you just wrote something awesome that has gone viral:)! Good luck either way!

    #898750

    I’m already linked to Twitter and Facebook, so I don’t think it’s that. I thought perhaps there might be a new way of measuring RSS feeds, etc, and including those in the total stats.

    In any case – thanks for your suggestions. Let’s hope I <i>am</i> just awesome ;-)

    #898767

    timethief
    Member

    If you are using Publicize to post to Facebook and/or Twitter and/or linkedin then your followers on those sites have been added into those numbers you see here.

    There are several different ways that readers can start following your blog.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/following/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/followers/

    Also note that a follower can click the “like” button without visiting your blog.

    1. A follower can click the “like” button when viewing your posts in the Readomatic reader on the home page of WordPress.com
    2. A follower can click the “like” button when viewing your posts on the Topics pages.
    3. A follower can click the “like” button when viewing your posts when using an app.
    4. An email subscriber can click the “like” button in the email they receive of your new posts without visiting your blog.

    Go to your site stats page and click Totals, Followers & Shares. There you find a Blog followers link and a Comments followers link. Click the Blog link under the number and the Site Stats » My Followers page will open. Click the Email Followers link.

    #898869

    Thanks for the explanation. I’m not sure, though, that this is a good idea, since it will involve a good deal of double counting (I.e. FB friends who are already followers will be counted twice). Anyway, it looks good, I guess, even if I know in my heart it’s cheating!

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