In previous posts, I’ve asked for information about feeds and readers.
I’ve talked about stats before and how I try not to look at them too often.
However, after reading a post by Nalates Urriah today, I’m wondering how much longer I will be able to view my stats.
Everyone knows that stats are important when it comes to the internet.
As a blogger, you have stats that tell you many things – the number of followers, how many times a post was viewed, how many times someone visited your site, the country of origin for your readers, etc.
If people find your blog via a search engine, there is a place for you to see what search terms brought them to your blog.
Lately, when I look at that stat for my blog, it says ‘unknown search terms.’
WordPress tells you ‘some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons. That’s why we don’t always know which search terms were used by visitors who arrived at your site from a search engine. When we don’t know the search terms, we show them as “Unknown search terms”.’
Since Google is now encrypting more and more searches, it’s that much harder for WP to tell me how people are finding my blog.
According to Nalates’ post, there is a possibility of finding out more information using Google’s Webmaster tools.
However, using these tools is confusing (at least to me), if you are not a techy person (which I am not).
So I rely on WP to provide my stats (because they employ very techy people).
I also came across another issue that concerns bloggers when it comes to feeds/readers.
I set up a Feedly account so that I could keep up with all the blogs I follow.
In doing research on different readers, I saw a question about views.
It seems that if you view a blog post in a reader, it does not count as a view for that blog – unless you actually click through to that website (to ‘like’ or perhaps post a comment).
That’s frustrating, since views and followers are essential for successful blogging.
Often blogging can feel like you are screaming into a giant black hole.
You wonder if anyone is listening.