Blog Stats Widget

The Blog Stats Widget displays the total number of views to your blog (not including your own views).

It’s a nice way of showing off how popular your blog is.

Here’s an example what it looks like when it’s activated on a blog sidebar:

blog stats showing 7620 hits

You can add this widget to your site by going to Appearance → Customize → Widgets

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Getting More Views and Traffic

Do you enjoy Jetpack’s Stats feature and want more traffic? Here are some tips for attracting more visitors to your site:

Tell people in your social networks about your new post.

Promote your posts across your social networks with Jetpack’s Publicize feature, which will automatically tell your Twitter followers, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and more as soon as you publish a new post.

Make your content visible to search engines.

If you want your post to be indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing, make sure that “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” is not checked at Settings > Reading in your site’s Dashboard. The internet is full of theories as to how you can raise your post’s visibility in search rankings: none will contest that original, high-quality content with a few well-chosen tags is the best way to get started.

Pay for traffic to your site.

Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.10 per visit. If you’ve published a great post and you want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get the ball rolling. Companies looking for broader distribution of their posts, including getting their content in front of journalists, may want to try services from companies such as PR Newswire. Read more on paying for traffic.

Bug your real-life friends.

Encourage friends and family to read your blog: send them reminder emails when you update and talk to them about it when you meet in person. Better still, encourage them to sign up for updates using Jetpack’s Subscriptions feature. Having a small audience of people you care about is better than having a million visitors and not knowing any of them.

Link to other blogs.

Blogging is all about engaging with others and interacting in online discussions. When you link to a blog post, the blogger will likely find your blog through their stats or a pingback, and come to see what you had to say. They may even subscribe to your site and leave a comment, as we suggested you do above!

Let people know about your posts.

If you’ve written a post with someone in mind, drop them a short email with a link to it.

NOTE: This approach works if used very sparingly, maybe once a month per blogger. You don’t want to annoy anyone or seem like a spammer.

Blog regularly.

Blogs that have more frequent and regular posting schedules tend to develop an audience quicker. If you need inspiration, check out the resources on The Daily Post, like these how-tos on editorial calendars or serial posts. Our daily writing prompts can offer a jump-start, too.

Relax! It takes time.

Even if you do all of the above, you won’t develop a huge following overnight. Building a sizable audience of engaged and loyal readers takes time. Many of the bloggers you admire have likely been at it for years. Stick with it, and don’t get discouraged by a slow start.

If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of blogging, take a free course at Blogging U. Blogging 201: Branding and Growth is a two-week course focused on growing your blog and online presence.

Additional resources.

For more information, download our free ebook on growing your traffic and building your blog.

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Top Posts & Pages Widget

The Top Posts & Pages Widget allows you to display either your most liked posts or up to ten posts that have received the most traffic in the past 48 hours.

Here’s an example of what the widget looks like:

Top Posts Widget

Configuring the Widget

Make sure you have the Extra Sidebar Widgets feature enabled in Jetpack -> Settings and add the “Top Posts & Pages Widget” widget to the sidebar of your choice.

Top Posts & Pages Widget

Customize the Widget

In addition to the options available in the widget options, you can use filters to customize the look of the widget on your site:

Display the widget anywhere on your site

You can use the jetpack_top_posts_widget shortcode in posts and pages. You can also add that shortcode directly to your theme template files, like so:

<php echo do_shortcode( '[<code>jetpack_top_posts_widget</code>]' ); >
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Subscription migration tool

Now you can migrate your users who have subscribed to your WordPress.com site either by email or via the WordPress.com Reader to your Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress site.

NOTE: Both the WordPress.com site that has the followers and the Jetpack site that will be receiving the followers must be using the same WordPress.com user account.

In this document, we’ll walk you through the steps how to transfer your WordPress.com followers and email subscribers to your Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress site.

How to transfer your followers.

Log into your WordPress.com user account and go to your My Sites page.

jetpack_mysites

Next, click “Switch Site” on the Site Picker, and select your Jetpack-connected self-hosted site from your site list.

Click on Switch Site

Click on Switch Site

Select your Jetpack-connected Site

Select your Jetpack-connected Site

Next, from the left-hand sidebar, select Settings:

Site_Settings_‹_Mikey_Press_—_WordPress_com

 

On the Settings page under the Discussion tab, scroll down and click on migrate followers from another site on the bottom:

migrate followers

In the “Move Followers From A WordPress.com Site” area, select your WordPress.com site that has the followers. Then, click the “Migrate” button as shown below.

jetpack_choose_migration

Once you click migrate, you will see a pop up window wanting you to confirm that you want the followers transferred:

jetpack_confirm_migraton

Click “Ok” to proceed with the transfer. You will see another notice at the top of the screen that your follower migration has been queued.

confirm

You will receive an initial email to the email address associated with the WordPress.com account stating that the transfer has been started (#1 in below screenshot) and that the transfer has been completed (#2 below).

migrationemail

Please note it may take up to a day for the follower counts in your stats in your Dashboard to accurately reflect the transfer.

Keep in mind that while your email subscribers will continue to receive email notifications of new posts as before, WordPress.com followers will only see new posts in the Reader. They will not receive email updates unless they subscribe to receive those on your new site. You might want to post a notice on your old site about your upcoming move to keep your readers informed.

Troubleshooting migrations

Can I use this tool to move followers from one WordPress.com site to another WordPress.com site?

No, this tool is only available for migrating WordPress.com site’s followers to a Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress site.

If you need to migrate your followers from one WordPress.com site to another, please contact WordPress.com support.

To migrate followers from Jetpack to WordPress.com or from one Jetpack site to another, please contact us with the URLs of the sites you’re moving from and to.

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Missing Stats and Troubleshooting Information

Notice that your stats have disappeared? Are your followers and subscribers at zero? Don’t fret, we can help!

With Jetpack, your stats information is connected to a unique blog ID. Sometimes, if a site owner was using a development site or a different URL address when they set up Jetpack, disconnecting and reconnecting may create a new blog ID. When this happens, it may appear that your stats and/or followers were lost.

If this happened to you, don’t worry! Your prior stats and followers are safe – we just need to reconnect them to your updated blog ID.

When you contact support, please provide us with the following information if you have it:

  • Your current site URL.
  • Any prior development URLs or subdirectory/subdomain URLs.
  • The WordPress.com username that may have been used to connect Jetpack to WordPress.com

With this information, we should be able to reunite you with your stats and followers.

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WordPress.com Stats

WordPress.com Stats lets you know how many visits your site gets, and what posts and pages are the most popular.

For issues with WordPress.com Stats, visit the troubleshooting section.

This feature is now enabled by default. If you would like to deactivate it or make sure that it is active, please visit our page on how to control Jetpack’s features.

There are many plugins and services that provide statistics, but data can be overwhelming. WordPress.com Stats makes the most popular metrics easy to understand through a clear and attractive interface. You can also use WordPress.com stats in conjunction with other analytics plugins and services.

Viewing your stats

You can view your stats in a number of different ways using Jetpack. On your main dashboard screen, you can enable the Site Stats widget for your homepage to give you at-a-glance site views.

To add this widget to your dashboard, open your Screen Options tab and check the Stats box.

Then you can see your site visits, most viewed pages, and search terms people used to find your site at a glance.

Jetpack Dashboard Stats

Getting more in-depth stats from your dashboard is as easy as going to the Jetpack menu. On the primary Dashboard screen, you can see a more detailed overview of your site’s traffic.

Site stats overview with buttons to View Detailed Stats or View More Stats on WordPress.com
  1. The “View detailed stats” button allows you to view your stats within your dashboard. On this page, you’ll find information about Referrers, Top Posts & Pages, Search Engine Terms, Subscriptions, and Clicks. If you’d like to access these stats without JavaScript, you can add &nojs=1 to the URL and re-load the page.
  2. “View more stats on WordPress.com” allows you to access your site’s advanced stats on WordPress.com. There you’ll find even more details about visitors, including Views By Country, Unique Views, as well as many more insights about your site.

WordPress.com Stats

You can also look at stats per day, week, and month. Find out even more about WordPress.com Stats — including what we don’t track — on the WordPress.com documentation page.

Note: WordPress.com stats on Jetpack sites does not track or show you Totals, Followers, and Shares on your stats page. It also does not track file downloads for any files hosted on your server, such as PDF links.

You can also find even more detailed stats information at Jetpack -> Site Stats.

Troubleshooting information and FAQ

Can I use other analytics services (like Google Analytics) with WordPress.com stats?

Yes! You can use both on your WordPress installation. The benefit of using WordPress.com Stats is that you can see a snapshot of your blog’s activity right from your dashboard. If you want to use another analytics service to give you additional in-depth information, you can certainly do so.

The Stats feature is active, but no visits are being recorded anymore.

Jetpack, like many other plugins, uses a function called wp_footer() to insert elements like a Stats tracking code to your site’s footer. This function has to be added to your theme’s footer.php file, right before the closing body tag. You can read more about it here.

If you’ve recently edited that file, you’ll want to make sure the wp_footer() function is still there.
If it is there, you’ll want to check for other code you may have added to your theme (like in your sidebar for example) that may break everything that comes after.

I’m a Contributor, Writer or other non-Admin role on the site and now can’t see stats.

Ask the Admin on the site to go to Tools → Marketing → Traffic from your WordPress dashboard and enable stats viewing for the other roles on the site.

set who can view stats

My stats are at zero and I lost all my followers!

There’s no need to fear, Jetpack is here! We can help reconnect you to your missing stats and followers — please visit this page for more information.

Can I transfer my followers from WordPress.com to my new Jetpack site?

If you’ve moved from WordPress.com to your very own Jetpack-powered site and want to transfer your WordPress.com followers and email subscribers, please use our transfer tool.

I just moved my followers from WordPress.com to Jetpack and the stat counts are different. Why?

On WordPress.com, your WordPress.com followers and email followers are counted separately. This means that one person can follow your site on the Reader and receive email notifications when you make a new post which would count them on both lists. On Jetpack, that same follower would only be counted once under WordPress.com Followers on your My Followers list.

Why aren’t my site visits updating? I know people are visiting the site!

WordPress.com stats are updated periodically throughout the day. If you see a problem with your stats not updating, please contact support here.

My stats reflect the wrong date and/or time!

Our stats get the timezone from WordPress itself, so if your stats appear to be reflecting the wrong date/time, double-check the timezone at Settings -> General in your site’s Dashboard.

How do I get more traffic?
How do I download my stats?

You can click the title of each feature on your stats page, and scroll to the bottom of that feature to download your stats. Simply click on the Download data as CSV link and download the file to your computer.

Honoring DNT

Do Not Track (DNT) is a feature in web browsers and web sites that asks advertisers and other web software providers to not track individuals’ browsing habits. As a site owner, you can force the WordPress.com Stats feature to honor any visitors with DNT enabled and not track their activity (i.e. post and page views) by adding the following code snippet to your site:

add_filter( 'jetpack_honor_dnt_header_for_stats', '__return_true' );

We hope to add this as a formal setting to the WordPress.com Stats feature in a future release.

Please note that if you choose to honor DNT on an existing site, you may see an obvious decrease in post/page views.

Privacy Information

This feature is activated by default. While there is no deactivation control from within the Jetpack settings interface, you can deactivate it by following this guide.

More information about the data usage on your site
Data Used
Site Owners / Users

This feature requires usage of the following information and data: WordPress.com user ID, WordPress.com-connected blog ID, domain name, site timezone, blog charset, blog admin color preference, Jetpack version, site title and description, and permalink settings.Additionally, for activity tracking (detailed below): IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code.

Site Visitors

IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Please also see Data Visibility and Retention information for this feature.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated. We also track when, and which, configuration settings are modified (and by which user). If the user viewing the stats explicitly requests to view them without JavaScript turned on, we will set a cookie to remember this preference.

We also track stats page views in your dashboard.

Additionally, if the site’s settings are configured to record events for logged-in users of the site, the following events will also be recorded: post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search terms, and country.

You can now honor a visitor’s DNT preference, as well.

Site Visitors

Post and page views, video plays (if videos are hosted by WordPress.com), outbound link clicks, referring URLs and search engine terms, and country. When this feature is enabled, Jetpack also tracks performance on each page load that includes the JavaScript file we use for Stats. This is exclusively for aggregate performance tracking across Jetpack sites in order to make sure that our plugin and code is not causing performance issues. This includes the tracking of page load times and resource loading duration (image files, JavaScript files, CSS files, etc.).

A site owner can choose to honor your DNT preference.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

We sync options that identify whether or not the feature is activated and how its available settings are configured.

Site Visitors

None.

Data Visibility and Retention

Any piece of data explicitly identifying a specific user (IP address, WordPress.com ID, WordPress.com username, etc.) is not visible to the site owner when using this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post.

Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used only for the purpose of powering this feature.

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