Traffic on heavily hit post drops to zero?

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  • #498828

    raincoaster
    Member

    Agreed. I’m a drama queen when it comes to hits, but something is deeply wrong, at least for some of us.

    #498843

    allwhitekit
    Member

    I totally agree! As of yesterday my hits have nosedived for no apparent reason. I’ve had the busiest all-time week in terms of hits up until yesterday. There’s simply no logical excuse as to why the hits total has suddenly dropped off.

    Something’s wrong, WordPress. This is ridiculous.

    Additionally, is anyone having difficulty getting reader comments to show up?

    #498844

    raincoaster
    Member

    Check your results in Google. I think this may primarily be Google’s fault.

    I have a viral post right now. I put it on Buzzfeed where it’s had 4400 views and Digg, where it’s got 4 diggs. Both of those currently outrank the post itself. Even my Tumblr, because it’s been reblogged so many times, outranks my WordPress.com blog.

    And in three cases where I used to be in the top five in Google Image search, I have dropped off completely. Not even on page 6.

    #498845

    ronsrealm
    Member

    @allwhitekit

    I’ve been following this thread with interest – my stats are OK-ish, but there are days when I do wonder what’s going on, like today – almost 13.00 and still in double figures. That’s absurd.

    Interesting you should mention comments, though. There are several of my subscribers who can pretty much be relied on to comment on new posts, but they’ve dropped out of sight completely. OK, it’s the holiday period, but ALL of them at the same time? I seriously doubt it.

    Comments as a whole are way down, too.

    #498847

    allwhitekit
    Member

    Raincoaster – If it’s a Google issue then how do we redress it? I check my Google feeds and they seem ok but then again I’m not sure what I should be looking for exactly. And if it is a Google thing then I never realized how many hits I attract from Google – we’re talking nearly 50%. 50% of my daily hits totals are from unique referrals from Google? It’s possible sure, but seems unlikely.
    And like someone mentioned before, my hits keep plummeting. I’m nearly positive: hits simply aren’t being counted by WordPress stats.
    I’m not sure about the comments…I should have accrued more comments than I are appearing in my dashboard but I am receiving some. Maybe it’s just a coincidence?
    Has anyone been contacted by anyone at WordPress?

    #498848

    allwhitekit
    Member

    Oh yeah and one more thing: I use an external website to track my unique hits from around the world and the chart has also dropped dramatically in the last two days. That leads me to believe that it may be wider than WordPress stats. Perhaps the entire world went on vacation on Wednesday. Or maybe I’m being boycotted? ;)

    #498853

    raincoaster
    Member

    Well, staff have advised me to check using Google Webmaster tools, and that’s a learning curve for me, but I have discovered there are many, many errors in the blog that shouldn’t be there.

    Comments are always down in the summer, I wouldn’t worry about that.

    #498861

    Has anybody got an update on this? My numbers for hits seem to be varying oddly so I have been following this thread with interest. Has wordpress replied?

    #498862

    raincoaster
    Member

    I’ve had about eight back and forth’s with Support trying to find out what’s up. No firm answer yet.

    #498863

    Thanks for letting me know raincoaster

    #498864

    ryanhellyer
    Member

    @raincoaster – Are you referring to raincoaster.com? From what I can see, you have just under a thousand pages indexed by Google, which is quite a bit more than a couple :p

    Included in those nearly 1000 pages is your category pages too, which you said were not showing up.

    Perhaps whatever problem you were experiencing has corrected itself now?

    #498865

    raincoaster
    Member

    It has not. A thousand pages indexed is great, but I have 4000 posts!

    #498871

    chuck227
    Member

    My site started to experience the same problem in early July. Head Muscle has been averaging between 150 and 200 hits per day since about March of this year. In early July, in just one day, it literally plummeted to zero.

    I have been asking WP about it and all they will tell me is that the Stats counter appears to be working correctly. I can still find my posts on Google though, so I am not able to peg the exact cause.

    In a bit of breaking news, my hit count has jumped back up from about 10 per day to 70, and it is all on one post that has been published since about February. Very sporadic stuff. Weird and frustrating.

    #498872

    kmurnane
    Member

    This very large drop in hits has been experienced by a lot people and has been reported to WordPress by a lot of people and their response is that the stats counter appears to be working correctly? Obviously something has changed drastically. I don’t have any previous experience with tech support at WordPress. Is this the level of “support” they typically provide?

    #498874

    raincoaster
    Member

    No: I am receiving emails from them every day, and they’re being quite thorough in what they’re investigating. They have located, for instance, every single broken link on my blog and given me a list so I can fix them. But between us we cannot figure out what’s going on. There is definite weirdness with the RSS feeds, but sporadic and affecting certain blogs only.

    #498875

    beaufortjazz
    Member

    I have just come across this thread. My stats seem Ok ( apart from phantom referrals) but the position in google search has dropped.

    I know this for a fact as I regularly check key search phrases that people may use to find my blog.

    Raincoaster – you said that there was a lot of code in your blog which shouldnt be there? Is this something you have done inadvertently or something that has come from WP changes?

    #498876

    raincoaster
    Member

    It looks like there’s something in my CSS that’s an issue and also there is some weird code in my feed that shouldn’t be there, so it looks like it’s 50/50. I’m thinking of changing themes to a standard theme for the next few days just to see what happens if I do. A LOT of the blogs reporting this issue have custom CSS.

    It doesn’t sound like what you’re experiencing is the same issue, if there hasn’t been a drastic dropoff. Google periodically rejiggers its filters and we go up or down every six weeks or so, but not dramatically. I used to be #3 in Google Image Search for Lion, then I was banished to page 12 suddenly. That’s the kind of change I’m talking about here.

    #498877

    beaufortjazz
    Member

    Thanks for the response Raincoaster.

    I think you are right and I am experiencing the 6 week blip. I dont use custom CSS having kept the blog theme pretty much as it was provided.

    #498878

    chuck227
    Member

    Interestingly enough, yesterday my sight went from 12 to over 150 hits. Today as of noon EDT, it has not budged from zero. The latest response I have received from Support is that things appear to be working properly. These spastic numbers cannot be normal.

    I am spending the afternoon walking through my code and looking at links. My position in Google is still the same, so that does not seem to be the problem.

    This is weird stuff.

    #498879

    chuck227
    Member

    Sorry Raincoaster, but I my experience with support has been somewhat different. Last night I sent another email stating that my hits had jumped from 12 to 150 in a day and wanted to know if this was normal. The reply was, “it is not normal…but fortunate!”

    I have been in the IT business for 20 years…and that is not support. I sent an email this morning noting that today I had dropped back to zero. I am not very confident that I will get a helpful reply though.

    I am glad you are making progress and getting support however. I will check in daily to see if you are making progress.

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