Sudden drop in the number of hits per day

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  • #32334

    qaan
    Member

    I have couple of blogs on wordpress. but recently, I see that there is a big decrease in the number of hits daily almost approximately the half of the hits before since the first of october. Only one of my blogs appears to have this drop-down. The others are still having their average hits per day.
    As far as I know :) I have done nothing to possibly cause this sudden drop-down. I would like some feedback if any other blogger is suffering the same thing and if there’s some sort of solution, wordpress might offer… THANKS!

    ps. my blog to have this problem is http://muzikveben.wordpress.com/ (if that helps)

    #32738

    lorelle
    Member

    There are some changes going on behind the scenes that may impact how your traffic has been ranked. They are trying to get things more accurate than they have been. So this might be part of the issue. With the crack down on splogs like bitacle, you can also expect to see some loss of traffic, but that’s getting rid of “bad traffic”. ;-)

    The hits on feeds was recently explained as a change in the measurement.

    Traffic on my blogs go up and down due to holidays, weekends, and other things, so I’m no longer stunned when I see two or three days of low traffic after days of high traffic. I have learned to look at the “bigger picture” which means holidays and weekends, sporting events, and other web activity around the world (blackouts, interests, fads) and pay attention over long term rather than short term measurements.

    Monitor this over another couple weeks to see if this is a consistent change or something more drastic, and then report back. Thanks.

    #32746

    raincoaster
    Member

    Also, it’s worth dropping a line to Support to find out if your blog has been labelled “Mature.” This happened to me and I only found out because the hits had dropped. When I raised the issue with Support they took a look at my blog and un-porned me and the hits went back to normal.

    This is assuming the blog wasn’t already in the Mature category and that its possible placement there would be wrong. If it IS an adult-only type of blog and they rightly labelled it “Mature” there’s no appeal, of course.

    #32748

    podz
    Member

    It’s not labelled as Mature.

    #32750

    akosistella
    Member

    Yep! I’ve had the same problem as well! Started happening just this last two weeks. The drop is just too drastic to believe. Podz could you possibly check if some wise guy probably had my blog labeled as “mature”? Or do I have to go to support?

    Thanks. :-)

    #32752

    qaan
    Member

    thanks for the advices. raincoaster, my blog has no adult content. I just reported it to ‘support’. I hope it’s the same thing happening here :)
    how could someone report it as mature while it’s not, I really don’t understand.

    edit ::: there have been replies while I wrote this post. if it’s not labelled as mature, then where did my visitors go :.(
    anyway thanks for all the help!

    #32753

    raincoaster
    Member

    Blogs can be labeled mature by any WordPress member. It’s a one-click operation, and my understanding is that it happens instantly. If you want to get de-porned, you have to get a staff member to look at it, but no staff member scans to make sure it IS Mature before the label goes into effect.

    #32755

    akosistella
    Member

    oops, forgot to put my blog? its

    sludge.wordpress.com

    thanks.

    #32756

    lloydbudd
    Member

    Hi akosistella, qaan, neither of your blogs are labeled as mature.

    Hi raincoaster, although any person can report a blog as mature. That is not sufficient for it be marked as mature.

    #32757

    qaan
    Member

    thanks :)

    #32762

    raincoaster
    Member

    foolswisdom, if reporting it as mature isn’t sufficient to put it in that category, why was mine put in the category and subsequently taken out?

    What, specifically, is the process for categorizing a blog as Mature?

    #32763

    podz
    Member

    I tried to work it out writing this:
    http://podz.wordpress.com/2006/08/13/when-is-mature-not-mature/

    It is possible for a blog to be moved into then out of ‘Mature’.

    #32764

    timethief
    Member

    @rain
    I’ll leave it to foolswidom to describe the process for reporting a mature blog via mature button, email or feedback.

    However, I believe this blog entry dated August 13th, 2006 seems to indicate the judgment call for actually labeling a blog mature is not made by the reporter but by staff http://podz.wordpress.com/2006/08/13/when-is-mature-not-mature/

    #32766

    nomdebplume
    Member

    Is there a reason the “referrer” views and the “search engine terms” views, individually or when added together, are much higher than my “total views” on the graph? Maybe I’m not understanding something, but that doesn’t make sense to me. (The graph is also much lower than the “top posts” section.)

    I was wondering if whatever problem is affecting the others’ stats could be causing this.

    Thanks in advance :-)

    #32767

    raincoaster
    Member

    Thanks for the link, Podz and TT, but while it talks about the issue, it doesn’t define the process. “One or several” adult-themed posts qualify a blog for Mature status? How many is several, and what is the process once someone has hit the “Report Adult Content” button? Who checks the blog and how many people are consulted in the decision? And is discussing porn while not showing it “adult-able?” Is stuff that would get a PG-13 movie rating allowable?

    In order for people to stay within the boundaries, we need more clarity in the boundaries.

    #32768

    lloydbudd
    Member

    nomdebplum, my limited understanding is that the stat database queries are expensive, and so different parts may not be generated at exactly the same times making it a little out of sync. It is not to be “live data”, but “guide data”. If that makes sense?

    #32769

    lloydbudd
    Member

    raincoaster, I don’t think either myself nor Podz were involved when your blog was marked mature, but I don’t know for certain. Nor do I know if it was accidentally or not, or an isolated glitch in the system.

    I don’t think making the boundaries more clear would help, because then people “game” the boundaries. It is a subjective decision based on trying to match the values of the majority.

    If the values change, or there are problems, there is flexibility to react to the communities needs expressed either in email or on the forums.

    I am thankful to have the privilege to work with Podz.

    #32770

    nomdebplume
    Member

    Foolswisdom-
    Thanks! If I’ve understood you correctly, eventually, everything catches up and makes sense? (because it really doesn’t add up when I check it at certain times) :-)
    – NomDebPlume

    #32771

    timethief
    Member

    Podz made his blog entry way back on August 13th inviting discussion. Thus far only 3 people in the wordpress.com blogging community have actually entered that discussion by leaving a comment on the blog entry in question.
    It seems sad to me that we lack the eagerness to comment on things that are of import and to actually play a role in shaping guidelines for decision making.
    Criticism is good when it’s constructive and when it leads to alternative benchmarks being brought forward. And it can be like a poison when it doesn’t.
    Grousing and casting aspersion on past decision making is not helpful and in fact can become a loss to us as a community as a whole, if we are truly intent on building community.
    Please if you have something to say on the issue of setting benchmarks to guide decison making when labeling blogs as mature leave a comment as Podz has encouraged you to do.
    And the link again is http://podz.wordpress.com/2006/08/13/when-is-mature-not-mature/
    Also if you prefer not to have your comments read by others by placing them on the blog, then please use the option of sending them in as feedback or as email.

    #32773

    akosistella
    Member

    Thanks foolswisdom. Just thought one of the guys I blogged about got annoyed and reported my blog as Mature. hehe.

    So okay, the stats reporting system isn’t actually as accurate as it should be? Then is it advisable for me to put a separate counter to do this?

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