DeafRead Views is conservative estimate, lower than actual views

Tayler MayerTayler Mayer By Tayler Mayer
Sunday, July 1st, 2007

deafreadviews.pngThe number of views shown on the left of a post’s title in a box is most likely lower than the actual number of views the post has received.

Jared and I preferred to take pre-cautions to conservatively estimate the number of views. We would prefer that it would be accurate as possible, but it is better to underestimate than to overestimate.

One big difference between the number of views we display and the actual number of views your post may receive, is that our views is actually better labeled as visits, not views. That is, if a DeafReader clicks on it twice, it counts only for that first time. Summarily, if a person visits a link more than once, the visit is counted only once.

Moreover, your blog has other ways of being discovered. Some of them are:

  1. Internet Search Engines (Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Google)
  2. Directly visits by typing in your blog’s address
  3. RSS subscriptions

Take my recent post, “Front page of Yahoo: Gallaudet probation” at one of my personal blogs, as an example. DeafRead Views shows, as of now, 300 views. I have two traffic programs tracking pageviews at this blog. The first, Google Analytics, doesn’t give me stats for today’s traffic. But still, you can see that traffic is much higher than DeafRead Views: yesterday the post received 459 pageviews. The other stats program is live and is showing 492 pageviews for the post alone.

Note that stats trackers are not created equal. They should be considered an art, not a science. Still, the average of the two numbers, 475.5, is noticeably higher than DeafRead’s 300 views.

My point is threefold:

  1. We prefer to conservatively estimate the clicks we send to posts, and is more likely higher in actuality
  2. DeafRead Views isn’t accurate, and shouldn’t be expected to be accurate.
  3. DeafRead is more vibrant than the views are showing

What if you wanted a more accurate stat on your posts? I suggest adding a counter to your blog. I highly recommend Google Analytics. Also popular with DeafRead Blogs is Sitemeter. There are scores of traffic analyzers out there. You should be able to find one that gives you a more accurate picture of how many visitors and how often they are visiting your blog.

One Response to “DeafRead Views is conservative estimate, lower than actual views”

  1. Virginia L. Beach Says:

    WordPress does give me blog statistics, which I do use to help keep track of the number of “hits” different blogs are receiving. I find this information to be interesting and helpful for getting a sense of what topics my readers seem to enjoy best. However, I have always wondered how truly accurate those stats are, so I do take them with a “grain of salt.”

    I don’t think we should get too obsessed with numbers, or worrying about how many visits our blogs/vlogs are actually getting. What’s more important is having a medium by which you can express yourself. There will be posts that attract a lot of readers, and posts that don’t.

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