Stats dilemma

What do you get out of your blog statistics?

I can understand the follower number. That’s the easy post. Either you have followers or you don’t.

I can also understand the country counts fairly. I can see that people from many countries visiting my blog. And I can see which country who is topping the list.

The comments numbers are also rather easy to get a picture of.

But then it get tricky for me. Visitors, views and likes. They don’t match at all.

I can have double up in number if likes i comparison to number of views. I know that reader-views doesn’t count if you don’t click on the post and just press like button instead.

The visitor counting also have a weird system. Every visitor doesn’t count if I got it right.

So, my point is, what shall I do with the stats information? I can’t really understand how to get this numbers of visitors, views and likes together to a true activity measure.

But, on the other hand. I don’t care that much. It’s fun watching the activity in numbers, but I think the comment field are the greatest measure.

There I can really get a picture of what you think, what you want to add, what you want to share. So I think I keep blogging for the comments, not for the numbers 🙂

Anna

  
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87 thoughts on “Stats dilemma

  1. I just like seeing who comes from where to visit but I think you only get that counted if they actually come to your page to visit and not through the Reader.

    I like the purple. it looks like a lady dancing on the waves. “pling”

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  2. If I hit Like, the page will open, so I’m reasonably sure that will count as a view. On the other hand, not every follower opens every post. Some don’t open any, and some visitors may not become followers, so you can’t look for any sort of match between followers and views.

    Basically, don’t lose sleep over it.

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  3. I only count the commenters they are the real show of interest in a blog by my estimate. Ha ha but that’s me. I like to hear from folks who actually took a moment to type in what they thought about the post.

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  4. When I first started blogging I loved the stats. It was just views and comments. I used to get 50 to 100 everyday. Then they revamped and changed it all. So disappointing as it dropped to under 20!!! That’s when I stopped getting excited about them!

    I once got 175 views on one poem. I think it was a glitch! Lol!

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    • Stats can really be a disappointment but also joyful. It’s fun when many people read and like the posts and even more fun when they leave a comment or two. 175 is great! Congrats 🙂

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  5. I used to care and obsess about my numbers when I first started. I suppose I wanted my blog to be a massive success and go viral and all that jazz.

    I’ve changed my ideas of success in that people like what I write and sometimes share it and (very) occasionally click through and buy my book. And I’m proud of that.

    Rather than it being ‘stats at any cost’, it’s a nice way of keeping score and nothing more.

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    • I agree. In the beginning I had very few comments so the stats was interesting to follow. But now I think the comments are more interesting to read and follow than stats.

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  6. I love the comments most of all. But I also like to see the “likes” especially from people that visit all the time, and with whom I communicate regularly. Like the art, is she in a whirlwind of statistics or an undulating world of statistics?

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  7. The WP stats is generally quite confusing, I agree with that… considering that they don’t explain its workings in more details.

    I think that the best explanation that I can find is that views from the WP reader of the mobile app are not counted as “views”. This is confirmed by the folks on the WP forum. Since more and more people are now using mobile phones for surfing the net, and in extension, for reading blog posts, it’s not surprising that it would have an adverse effect to the stats. That’s why some bloggers say that their posts have more “likes” than views…

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    • I’ve noticed that too. I’ve decided to blog for the fun, the comments and likes and try to ignore the view stats. The stats only confusing me 🙂

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      • I’ve never experienced to have more likes than views since a large percentage of my traffic comes from external sources. Though I can understand how weird it is.

        “Views” is actually a very excellent indicator for gauging which posts interest your readers the most, especially if you share your posts on social media.

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        • I often have more likes than views some days. Those days seems to be wp app reader-days for those who look into my posts. Other days it’s the other way around and those days seems to be visit blog website days.

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  8. I also think it’s more important to blog for the comments and not the numbers. It’s way more fun to blog when we’re engaging in good conversations with other people, and great hearing the thoughts of others.

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  9. You are right Anna. if it was for the stats I’ve been doing something else except blogging. You write for your blog friends, and I like what you do. All the best to you.

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  10. So far today my posts have had five likes, one comment, and no views… Is that even possible? ! I have given up on the statistics on visitors/views because they just do not make sense. I just look at what comments I receive 🙂

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  11. I just figured out what the views on my google+ meant. On google+, it means how many people have checked out your profile. I don’t pay any attention to the scoreboard here as I just use it as a release of my thoughts. I always feel better to release the thoughts. It’s very healing for me. 🙂

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  12. Couldn’t agree more, blog because you love to be creative and you want to share it with others, don’t let stats get to you. All it takes is for the right content and people will show their support, you just have to keep working at it.

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  13. Funny thing…I was blogging for months before I even realized there were “stats”. Write what you love, it will come through and folks who relate will follow you. Comments are golden…that’s where the good stuff is !

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