Query re. referrers on stats page – specifically Facebook

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  • #1752276

    shoshana1989
    Member

    Hi,

    So when I look at my referrers list, I’ll see something like this:

    facebook 322 (official logo)
    l.facebook.com 49
    lm.facebook.com 9

    Followed, as expected, by other referrers

    I was just wondering what the difference was between these different Facebook referrers – is WordPress actually registering whether clicks came from different individual links? e.g. is the above indicative that 3 separate people linked to the blog? Or is it something else entirely?

    I can extend the latter two but when I click on the individual link it only takes me to my blog.

    Just curious.

    Thanks!

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

    #1752365

    timethief
    Member

    Hi there,
    I suggest you read what Staff ie. jeremeylduvall has said in this thread https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/stats-are-confusing-me?replies=29

    #1752366

    shoshana1989
    Member

    Thanks very much!! I did search some the Support function and read a few posts on stats but hadn’t found anything which explained this in much detail :) Thanks again

    #1752367

    shoshana1989
    Member

    Although having now read the thread I’m not sure it quite answers my question…

    #1752368

    timethief
    Member

    If someone clicks on a link shared on Facebook and that leads to them actually viewing a post on a blog, that is a pageview.

    #1752373

    shoshana1989
    Member

    I realise that.

    What I am wondering about, is why, when I look at my stats and the referrals which came from Facebook, I have three different Facebook options noted down, with different corresponding views.

    For today, my blog stats show this:

    facebook 322 (official logo)
    l.facebook.com 49
    lm.facebook.com 9

    Is that 322 plus 49 plus 9 i.e. 380 total views referred from Facebook. If so, why does it show three different versions?

    Is that because the source in Facebook is in fact in a different place e.g. different people posted about my blog with a link and WordPress recognises that?

    Or is it something else?

    #1752378

    timethief
    Member

    I’ll tag this thread for a Staff response. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

    #1752379

    shoshana1989
    Member

    Thank you very much

    #1752380

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome.

    #1752558

    gracejiyoung
    Member

    Hi there,

    Facebook made a change in which they migrated their link shim traffic off of www. to l.facebook.com so that it could be non-https for browsers that don’t support meta referrers to manage referrers.

    So, this means that l.facebook.com corresponds to http://www.facebook.com and lm.facebook.com corresponds to m.facebook.com (mobile Facebook).

    For more information on link shim, please view this post from Facebook Security:

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-security/link-shim-protecting-the-people-who-use-facebook-from-malicious-urls/10150492832835766

    If you have any further questions or want more details it would be best to contact Facebook about this.

    Thank you!

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