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  1. My new blog has 6 views recorded, I counted up eight "likes" and WordPress says I have had 10 "likes" Please explain.
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  2. For clarity likes and shares numbers 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 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.

    Note: To compel readers to click into my blog to read the full post thereby creating a page view stat, I have set my RSS Feed for posts to “summary” on this page > Settings > Reading

  3. No good. I am still getting all kinds of "likes" but now nothing at all is showing up in stats.

    Since RumiNations is a brand new blog, I don't have a subscriber list yet.

  4. What can I say? Clicking a "like" button is easy. Monkeys do it everyday in zoos. Typing a comment takes more IQ and effort.

    Reciprocity is alive and well in the blogosphere. Social networking is strictly give to get. It takes months of posting frequently to attract viewers who will actually submit comments. The best way to get comments on your own posts is to leave meaningful comments on blogs with similar content to what's in your own blog. Set a goal of commenting on "X" number of blogs weekly and carry through.

    See here for tips on increasing traffic > and here >

  5. Thank you for taking the time to respond, but I understand about comments. That is not the issue.

    The problem is I am recording likes without recording any views.

    I have some 18 likes on my 8 little posts and according to the stats a total of 4 views. How can someone click the like button without viewing the post?

  6. If they view your blog in the Reader, they don't show as a hit.

  7. Stats rarely ever 'make sense' and if you try and reconcile them, you'll go crazy. They should be considered nothing more than a rough guide.

  8. So the stats are basically useless. Why then does WordPress bother?

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