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Why WordPress likes not reflecting in the stats?

If you are new in blogging world with WordPress, you might be astonished to find that you are not getting less number of views or visitors in stats section in comparison to the number of likes you are getting.

It may happen that you received 30 likes in  a day but only 2 or 3 views at your stats section on the same day.

How does such happens?

There are 2 possibilities:

One is that, may be that your readers of WordPress community are reading your blog from the readers section and they are not landing to your blog page directly for some reason (they may not feel interested to leave the reader’s page).

A reader can like or comment to a post directly from the reader’s section and this don’t get reflected at your stats. Your stats will reflect only when someone visits your blog page directly but not through the reader

Second possibility is (according to this author’s opinion based on 2-3 years experience with WordPress) to popularize one’s own blog or website, the promotional bloggers of companies or brands or individual businessman might keep liking others posts. They do so simply to come into notice of other bloggers.

This practice is probably more common with blogs dealing with health and fitness related stuff. They promote various health solutions and one most commonly encountered is weight loss related blogs and websites. When you get such a like you will probably take a look into their blog or website, which suffices their purpose.

During initial days of blogging these ‘likes’ we receive might give a feeling of warmth that so many people appreciated the post. But if you scan bit vigilantly you may find that you are actually receiving false or spam likes who are not interested in your content but want to draw your attention to their blog or website.

Liking don’t really require much effort, simply using the WordPress readers section one can like hundreds of posts in minutes. Rather, constructive meaningful comments are trustworthy, they need little bit of effort and articulation of thought, which can show true interest of your reader.

Blogging is all about people and spammers should not be welcomed.

Have a nice day. Enjoy blogging!

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Soaring stats on your wordpress blog


If you are an old, experienced and successful blogger, this post might not make much sense to you, however those new in blogging business hopefully will find this post interesting. As a juvenile blogger your most visited page will probably be your stats page where you might want to look for the number of visitors who read your post.  But your stats might not soar initially and just don’t give up easily. Here are my experiences below.

The blog which you are reading now is one year old. I could’t write much during the initial 3 to 4 months because it took me time to learn blogging and had lot of other jobs so couldn’t arrange enough time to write in the blog.

I seriously started writing from the fifth month on-wards, and with in the next six to seven months I experienced a gentle Tsunami in my blog stats with maximum 1,555 visits in a day, that’s the max till now. Hope my readers will break it and make it to 2000 someday.

However, I am not happy with my follower count its just more than 300, over this one year period (may be because everyone don’t like following via email, and follow via RSS, which don’t get reflected as follower count). At the time of this writing, total reading count of this blog is 9,877.

In my initial few months of my blogging, when I use to read in various WordPress forums that people get 4oo or 600 visits a day in their blogs, I use to feel, either they are lying or I am an inefficient blogger. The internal fight in me always use to continue when I use to get 5 or 10 visitors a day, and in many days there were no one to read my blog.

So, I will advise, don’t get depressed if your stats are too poor at your initial few months of blogging, you are probably not the only person to experience such and honestly speaking it takes time. So here I will try to list some points which are based on my blogging experience and which I believe will help to soar your stats (although can’t promise it):

    1. When you blog DON’T focus on stats, instead focus on sharing good material that will get your readers interest.
    2. Think, if you were the reader of someone else’s blog, what would you have expected, probably others will expect the same from you.
    3. Focus on your blog’s context. If you are writing for a particular group of people probably your stats will not get flooded, unless your group is too large or group members are too much interested for your blog as they are for Facebook or Google. So, in my opinion writing for a larger group of population will help to increase your readership, but you have to decide about it.
    4. When writing, take care of being generalized. Which means write in common mans language, preferably in a lucid form so that it suits the taste of all sort of readers irrespective to their educational status.

One suggestion, WordPress staff suggest I found, i.e. to comment on others blog to bring them back to your blog. May be they have tested this theory, however I don’t think it is that important, however you can give a try.

Grammar droplets!

  1. When you write you really don’t require to have a very good grammar, but take care of it. Try reading your post yourself at least once, if you find the writing has a flow and communicates your views effectively, nothing more is probably required. But spelling error free and grammatically correct writing are in general impressive.

One more thing you may take care of while writing your post is, to avoid telegraphic message. I think short hands are better avoided, try writing full words. If you read any big journal or website you will see that they use full words instead of casual short forms that we use sometimes for text messaging. For example, it’s better to avoid ‘u’ instead of ‘you’ in your blog post. It makes your post casual, at least to me.

Furthermore, its important I think, to show respect or honor to your reader. What I mean by that is if someone comments on your blog, try replying them in formal welcoming manner, it honors the reader. When I commented on certain blogs that responded to my comment it helped me to make a bond with that blog and revisited them in hunt of their new content. One good commenting experience I recall on another person’s blog is here – http://lifeshappyrants.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/can-you-guess-what-book-this-is/. But there are some popular blogs which don’t always feel to reply back, not sure why, narcissism or ignorance, I generally don’t visit them back.

Although you can blog on any content of your wish, adult contents or age restricted stuff are generally less praised in the blogger’s world. Suppose, you are displaying sexually explicit contents or contents related to brutality like chopping a limb video of a man, may be you will have bunch of folks to peep in to that, but less likely such blog will be friendly to most communities or family members. I will definitely not want my child to read it. So be realistic. You can post anything, but it don’t guarantee to create hunger in all.

Blogging, a reflection of your mood

Lastly, writing is an art and it flows along with our mood. So instead of sitting to write for the purpose of writing, you may write when you feel the urge to write. For instance, while cooking your daily meal a new thought may click in your brain and you may feel an internal outcry to share that with others, now when you sit to write your writing will burst out with all your internal beauty of expression. That is probably what blogging is all about, freedom of writing with no rule and no boundary (however, please don’t hurt or harm others intentionally).

Hope these experiences of mine will help you get a better stats. Your stats will flourish with time, just have patience and focus on writing and communicating effectively with your readers. In my opinion, shortcuts don’t sustain long, like frequently liking others posts even without reading them at all  or too many ping backs to bring traffic. You can trick once, not every time.

So the BOTTOM LINE is that, blogging is all about people, like democracy. As long you respect your readers, no matter how good or bad your writing is your readers will be with you. Honesty matters, everywhere, even for effective blogging.

 

Should WordPress add a ‘view count’ button beneath each of its blog posts?

Today, WordPress is famous a blogging platform that have won millions of hearts of readers and bloggers. I personally love it too. However, there are certain things which can be done to improve its services for a better blogging experience for its bloggers and their readers. Here in this post this author will try to draw attention to one such feature that this author feels required to be added to the WordPress posts.

Till the current time, beneath each of the posts that we create in the WordPress sites have following options only sharing, liking, rating, commenting and re-blogging. Most other blogging services too provide alike features. But are this features enough for a alien reader to a particular post to judge how much popular a particular post is among its readers.

WordPress ‘like’ buttons don’t mean much probably, because it don’t count the logged out users, and not always a word press reader takes the burden to hit the ‘like button’ despite liking a particular post. And at certain times reader can simply like just by seeing fragment of a post in the ‘Reader’ section of the WordPress. Same is for rating system, we don’t always give our time in rating a post, we read and simply move on. Commenting and re-blogging is also a reader specific act, we don’t take part in this features always and even if we do it don’t necessary mean the post if largely popular.

Finally, are the sharing buttons like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., which too depend on the mercy on the readers, if they would like to share it with others or not. In the current time sharing feature is misused largely by distributing every small piece of info we find in the web and currently many of us don’t always eagerly hop in to see the latest link shares we received on the social networking sites, unlike the beginning of ‘sharing era’ when Facebook and twitter were born. Therefore, share-count of a post probably don’t mean much in the recent time, at least for blogs. I regularly surf hundreds of pages per day on the web and rarely use share buttons, maximum I would share one or two very interesting or important links via email or by whats-app.

But how about a ‘view count’ feature after a post (i.e. how many times a particular post was viewed by the readers). Have you ever thought of a feature like that. It is the raw data about a posts popularity and may be an useful tool to get some idea about a post’s popularity. Currently, the statistics of a post is only available to the author or the owner of the blog. It would probably be nice if WordPress team considers adding a small application like ‘view count’ under each blog post, so that the readers can get an direct idea of the popularity of a post. An option should also be kept to disable such a feature for authors/bloggers who don’t want it. This author would vote for such a feature if brought in by the WordPress team. Total stats, only says about the popularity of a blog but not of the individual blog posts.

Gracious !