Disappearing Syndicated Views

Recently, I’ve done a number of posts on Uduzit regarding WordPress stats. The focus has been on syndicated views and how you can see them in your stat charts.

A number of folks have made comment that their syndicated views have disappeared. The other day I wrote that syndicated views might be disappearing behind direct page views. I wasn’t sure why it was happening, but I felt that was the answer.

So, I went to the stat charts of each of my more active posts. The longer they had been active, the easier the answer is to see. It doesn’t take big numbers, just consistent numbers, to see the answer.

On my stat charts, appearing as a little blue peak here, and a little blue peak there, were my syndicated views. It was like looking at a mountain range, and my syndicated views were way off in the distance.

I realized what was happening, when I realized the colors are reversed on WordPress stat charts, at least they are when you wish to see the syndicated views.

Choosing a dark color for direct views, means that when my direct view count is higher, the lighter colored syndicated views are gone. Syndicated views are overpowered by the darker color blue used to show my direct views.

When you start spotting those little lighter blue peaks behind the darker blue peaks, you will know syndicated views are coming in to your blog. They are usually fewer than your direct views, and now we know why we seldom see them.

Syndicated views are important to our blogs, and will grow in importance. They let you know if your blogging world extends beyond WordPress.

I know there is an easy solution for resolving this situation. Just a matter of finding the right person to handle it. Possibly the answer, is taking the idea to a WordPress Forum.

I like seeing syndicated views on my stats charts.. They are like frosting on the cake. Desert is nice sometimes.

Smiles. ET

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Published in: on May 13, 2008 at 6:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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More About WordPress Stats

Watching the statistics on my WordPress blog has become a hobby. Several months ago, I didn’t have many numbers to work with. Last month, there were more numbers.

Those higher numbers sent me back to my stats to find out who was reading my posts. I could gain that information by looking at the Referrers information on my Blog Stats page.

Many of my referral sources come from WordPress tag pages. People are making connections to my posts through my tags. Tags were new for me last month. I happened to start using them, just as WordPress added the “Possibly Related Posts” feature.

I have seen more of my own posts listed as choices on this feature recently. It also appears that most of the other links given at the end of my post are not too far off the mark now.

A reader will choose what appears to be the most relevant link from the list, but I know, they only get one choice. Sometimes their choice keeps them on my blog. I have found more of my older posts being read recently through tag links.

Using tags that are keywords in people’s searches, has brought me more page views. I now see that WordPress, and the major search engines, use tags as their primary way of finding my posts.

Early last month I had a post that had a lot of hits. That post really changed the appearance of my stats. My normal day, barely made a blip on what I saw on my charts for several weeks.

When my stats charts changed I lost view of my Syndicated Views. They were there, but they were lost in the bigger numbers of direct page views I was seeing on my daily charts.

So after a week, I go back and look at what each post has done over that period of time. I go to the Manage Page and click on the little chart at the far right of the info for that post. Then the patterns are easier for me to see.

Most of my posts only have a few readers on any given day. It is nice to see those that keep drawing readers on a steady basis. My Syndicated Views have taken on a familiar pattern as well.

When I post about relevant subjects that are common keywords, I get a consistent number of syndicated views. When I wander off in to my own world with my posts, I get one third of my normal syndicated view rate. Really.

Syndicated Views are directly related to the RSS feed settings for my blog. Not seeing these on your charts (light blue color) means your settings may be off. I also understand some themes may not support certain feeds.

There is a three part series on search engines posted recently on Uduzit. In those posts you will find how to make sure your feed address, is part of your search engine address.

Blog statistics can tell us a great deal about what is going on with our readers. Reaching folks, involves watching for the patterns on how they find us. Your WordPress blog stats will help you do this.

Smiles. ET

Published in: on May 10, 2008 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Growing a Blog

Uduzit is showing steady signs of growth. Even had my first “big” post a couple of weeks ago. I have been fascinated watching all the numbers grow on my stats page. The pings are happening, and real comments do pop up occasionally.

My more popular posts relate to Open Source software and computing. My syndicated hits are averaging a dozen per post. That happens even on posts getting no direct readership. Good tags appear to help syndicated views. Some posts take right off, and others seen to linger.

Give a post a couple of days and someone makes a direct view. Direct views rule WordPress stats, but to me syndicated views are important too. I am new at blogging, and little numbers are big numbers, when it comes to how many people see my posts.

It is nice to know my syndicated views are growing steadily. They frequently exceed my direct views on posts, at least when a post first appears. It is amazing for me to see that in my combined stats, six hundred people read what I posted last week.

If I ever needed reinforcement to keep on blogging, it is in these figures, I smile at the upward climb of the numbers on my stats page. I am seeing patterns in how posts are read. Some posts take off with a bang, and others are like those batteries that just keep on going.

I enjoy writing about the everyday things I do and feel. I tell short stories. I see my writing style is developing, and my posts are gaining a certain flow. I like that all of this is taking less effort as I keep on posting.

So newbie bloggers like me, do not despair. Keep on posting and you will see that your readership is growing. You will see the proof on your stats page. It just gets better and better.

Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 23, 2008 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Understanding Your WordPress Blog Stats

This week I have had more reason than usual to watch the WordPress statistics for Uduzit. I have had more page views, and one post tweaked my statistics upward by drawing a lot more views than usual. That post sure has changed the appearance of my stat charts.

It is hard to miss your statistics on the new WordPress Dashboard. You find them in the “Stats” area, in the middle of the dashboard page. There is a graph on the left that shows you recent page views, and on the right is a list of information on your more popular posts.

Looking in the upper right corner of the Stats area you will see a link that says, “see all.” Click it, and you will go to a page with a great deal more information about your posts, and who is referring readers to you.

This is your “blog stats” page. It includes information on the words people are using to find your posts on search engines, and lists links to your blog. Your full blog numbers are further down the page, and it is important not to miss the “Akismet” links at the bottom of the page.

Now follow the link that shows the number of spam comments that have been blocked by Akismet. This takes you to a page that shows you these comments. I manage spam daily from the Comments page.

My efforts managing spam are rewarded when I find the occasional comment that seems quite legitimate, and I de-spam those. I think there is some pretty sophisticated spamming software out there, so I am still not exactly sure in my choice of what to save.

Interestingly, the information I was looking for was not detailed on the stats page. I wished to know how many page views each post had, and what days those occurred. I did find what I was looking for through the “Manage” link on the dashboard.

At the far right, when you look at a post listing on the Manage page, you will see a small icon that looks like a chart (Stats column.) Click it, and you will see your individual statistics for that post presented in a two toned blue chart.

The colors represent on site post and page views on WordPress. Syndicated views are also shown in the light blue color of the chart. These are special numbers you don’t find reflected in your WordPress page view stats. The syndicated views are the number of times your post has been viewed by folks using various types of feeds.

Most of my posts get limited direct page views. When I realized my posts on feeds are read by more people than visit my blog, I saw my post views were actually more than double what I had previously thought. That was great information, and it helped me see more folks are reading Uduzit posts than I realized.

Now that warms the heart of a newbie blogger. Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 5:54 pm  Comments (7)  
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