Why is are 2 page views counted when a reader comments?
I have determined that when a reader comments on a post, that counts as two page views. Happy to be proven wrong, but the evidence seems pretty conclusive. Why is this the case? I don’t consider a reader viewed an article twice because they comment, why it is counted as such? I am guessing technically it is because the little smiley is loaded twice.
The blog I need help with is teamoyeniyi.com.
Interesting. I’m waiting for an answer from staff.
My best guess is that they are counted:
– when they land on the post the first time
– when they click Submit and the post reloads itself (either reflecting the new comment or the message saying it’s awaiting moderation).
I think airodyssey is right but this is a question for Staff and it’s not urgent so I’m not flagging this thread. Have you contacted Staff?
No, TT, I didn’t contact staff – I figured someone would have already asked the question in the past and would know the answer.
G’day to you,
I don’t think it has been previously asked but I admit I didn’t search so you may want to do that.
I did search – but I didn’t find anything in the forums. I’ll leave it until I get home from work and shoot off an email asking Support.
Okay. I think airodyssey is correct. Our stats are page view stats and what he describes is what happens ie. 2 page views.
So do I, because it is what I suggested in my opening question. :)
But I have emailed Support to ask the question.
Unless a very high percentage of your readers comment it is really only of academic interest. I probably get one comment for every 300-500 page views!
Tandava – can’t help myself, I have to know these things. It is in my blood – call it professional interest.
Website – page + one image = two views. Page + no images on page = one view. Page + four images = five views.
My comments run at about 4% excluding my own unless my maths are way off tonight which they could be it is very late.
I think it must only be if the image is clicked. I have a lot of images and my count on WordPress is very similar to the ClustrMaps count
I agree, Tandava – my research indicates it is only if the image is clicked. Also, none of us would have a “bounce rate” if we had even one image! :)
I have received a response from staff, for those of you who were interested in the outcome, here is the response:
Thank you for your email.
It seems airodyssey was right, and since the window is reloaded when you submit your comment, a new page view is counted.
I will forward your suggestion to the developers though, since it could be interesting to avoid counting that extra page view.
Thanks again for your feedback!
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