Every blogger wants more followers, likes and shares. Attracting readers to your site the first time is only half the battle. Return visitors are important to the success of your blog and that’s why comment baiting and blog centered community building are critical. WordPress.com Staff have made it easy to easy for visitors to follow your blog and to “like” and share your posts. Your followers do not need to be registered with WordPress.com, and there are several different ways that readers can become followers. But numbers may be be deceiving and you can’t take them with you when you go.
A close look at follower numbers
Your followers are the number of readers following your blog posts and post comments. Follower stats show you all the users that have active email subscriptions to your blog posts using the built-in email notification system on WordPress.com. They don’t include users that subscribed using a third-party subscription service or using RSS. — WordPress.com: Who Follows Who?
But wait, there’s more … your blog followers is the sum of the following:
- WordPress.com blog followers
- Any followers from connected Publicize services (Facebook, Twitter, Messenger Connect, Yahoo!, or LinkedIn), which you can enable in Settings -> Sharing
My Stats show no visits but I have several “likes” so that’s not right
WordPress.com stats are page view stats. Unless the person actually clicks into your post there is no stat created.
Anyone with a WordPress.com username account can become a follower and/or click the “like” button without visiting your blog and creating a page view stat.
- A follower can click the “like” and/or “reblog” button when viewing your posts in the Readomatic reader on the home page of WordPress.com.
- A follower can click the “like” and/or “reblog” button when viewing your posts on the WordPress.com Topics pages.
- A follower can click the “like” and/or “reblog” button when viewing your posts when using an app.
- An email subscriber can click the “like” and/or “reblog” button in the email they receive of your new posts without visiting your blog.
Note 1: To compel readers to click into my blog to read the full post thereby creating a page view stat, I have set my RSS Feed for posts to “summary” on this page > Settings > Reading
Note 2: re: unique visitor stats and page views
Since the publication of the post above WordPress.com has provided unique visitors stats as well as page view stats. The two main units of traffic measurement are views and unique visitors now.
Moving Followers, Likes and Stats from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
If you move to self-hosting a WordPress.com install your site will no longer be part of the WordPress.com community and you can’t take your “likes” with when you go. But you can have WordPress.com Staff transfer your followers from your WordPress.com blog to your WordPress.org site for you. To do that install and activate the JetPack plugin, contact WordPress.com Staff and provide the URLs for both blogs.
Moving to self hosting a WordPress.org install is a whole new learning curve. To retain as many readers as possible, you need to encourage them to continue to follow you blog when you leave.
Updated: January 31, 2013