WordPress Views, Total Views, and Visitor Statistics.

This is a quick recap . . . plus another test for them who want to partake. 

Recap (real short; I promise):
I often wondered what caused Total Views to significantly differ from Post Views. This led me to run two test (HERE, and HERE). I devised these tests because I wasn’t buying the nonsensical answers I received from the Happiness Engineers. 

Note: I don’t blame them; they are just repeating what they are told by the programmers . . . and programmers are notoriously bad at knowing what their programs actually do as opposed to what they designed them to do. Also, because they’re typically immature, they’ll never admit to having made errors and only fix the problem after some time has passed and they can slip in a fix without acknowledging the mistakes they made.

Side note: the fixes typically introduce other errors, and the cycle repeats but that’s another story. 

Anyway, here’s what I found regarding that question . . . if you have a gallery and people click it and scroll through the photos, each photo view counts toward Total Views and that can thus skew the statistics like this . . . 

. . . but I also noticed something else . . .

Let me explain by showing you July 21st . . . 

Also, I call your attention to July 19th and July 20th.

On any given day, the typical visitor count is around 30 visitors. I suspect the actual number of visitors is less than that because I think WordPress counts the act of entering a gallery as a visitor.

Meaning, say I am a visitor to a post . . . “You are a visitor to a post.” . . . the moment I entered the post, I am counted as a visitor. 

Now, say I click on a gallery that’s in the post . . . “You click on a gallery that’s in the post.” 

Stop that; it’s a rhetorical question. Actually, a hypothetical statement. Whatever it is, you don’t need to actually repeat it. 

Anyway, where was I? . . . ah, yes; say I click on the gallery. Remember, when I clicked on the post, I got counted as a visitor. Now, if I click on the gallery on that post, I think I get counted again. 

Why do I say that? Because I don’t think I had 81 visitors for July 31st. How can I prove my hypothesis? 

I’ll get to that, but first, let me tell you another hypothesis based on the stats for July 30th. . . I also think that whenever a visitor is on my home page or archive and they scroll or page down to load the next set of posts, each new “page” of posts also adds to the visitor count. In theory, that means you can up your visitor count by making the “posts per page” value small, like 5 posts (I noticed a number of blogs do this; it could be coincidence but I don’t think so). 

I’ll test that hypothesis as well, but I’ll do that on another post. On this post, I want to test the hypothesis that going in and out of a gallery adds to the visitor count. 

Please Note: The test was only meant for the day of publication. It’s now over.

The Test:

So, I have a small gallery below. If inclined to participate, click on the first photo and once in the gallery, DON’T scroll through the photos. Instead, click on the “X” in the upper right corner and exit the gallery. 

Then, repeat that as often as you want, but at least five times. 

If I’m right, I should see a big jump in visitors without an equivalent big jump in view. Going in and out of the gallery will still register one view for the photos, but not like in the July 31st test where I amassed nearly 700 views just by people scrolling through the gallery.

So, again:

  1. click on the first photo of the gallery
  2. exit the gallery by clicking on the “X” on the upper right-hand corner
  3. click on the first photo of the gallery again
  4. exit the gallery by clicking on the “X” on the upper right-hand corner
  5. Repeat another three (3) times or more if you feel like it.

Thank you to all who participate. Here’s the gallery:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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