Where to find TRUE stats for my blog without robots?
How do I find out the true number of visits to my site, and the true number of countries who view the blog? Any way to get rid of the bots?
The blog I need help with is thestandupdiaries.wordpress.com.
WordPress.com stats are page view stats. See here please > http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/
Likes and shares are misleading when you are talking about page view stats. Your followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com 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.
I choose to reduce my RSS Feed to “summary” here > Settings > Reading
For each article in a feed, show
Doing that compels followers to click in and read the full post on my blogs.
WordPress.com stats are not real time stats and that means they take time to update. Also as I posted above one does not need to click into your blog and create a page view stat to click a like button.
Why don’t post/page views add up to total views?
Post/page views are included in total views, but there are many views to your site that are not a post or page URL. The front pages, category/tag/date/author archives, and searches are all examples of other views that only count towards total views. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#additional-info
So, from the first link you posted, bots are not part of the stats at all?
I told my friend who is a techhie, that over 3,000 views and 16 countries have read my blog in less than a year, and he thought that number to be a bit high due to the bots (that he thought were part of the stats).
From my experience, the stats just give you a general trend. You can’t rely on them for much more. Let me explain why:
1. When we talk of “views”, we’re given no way of knowing how long someone spent on the article. So any random visit through Google that lasted a second will be counted. But it shouldn’t be so. (I believe that many of my foreign visitors are in this category)
2. We have no way of knowing how many unique visitors visited our site. So when we speak of views, we don’t actually know if 10 people “viewed” 10 articles, or if 100 people “viewed” one article.
3. If you have an emailing form that people can subscribe to, I’m under the impression that the views and clicks there are not counted. When you send a mass emailing with a professional company (eg Mailchimp or Campaign Monitor) you have very detailed tracking of how people react to the email.
They try not to count bots here – I imagine a few might slip through – I used to have a .ORG install and could see the bots and the search bots crawl all the time
All stats are a “best guess” since there are so many moving parts to visitors
PS: the trend is your friend – don’t worry about day to day changes – that will drive you batty
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