The stats is a sore point for many hubbers. I say if HP can't fix it then remove it. No use having it if we can't get an update at least daily. The page views haven't moved for one week and in other forum it says that the issue has been resolved.
You are right. The stats is a disappointing factor for many hubbers. We lose our confidence too on this negative trend. Also, now a days the earnings also badly affected. It is high time the HP team do some great damage control mission.
I think he was trying to say that if it is upsetting you to see the page right now, just don't look. I don't think he meant to tell you to never look at your stats. The point is that if the numbers are frozen, what is the point of looking...and looking...and...well, you get my drift.
Looks like things are improving now however, so go ahead and look away!
I think this is a really bad suggestion because without those stats it is impossible to know what each hub is doing and how it compares to others you have written.
This is a tech glitch, nothing more, and I suspect the team is reading these posts and sweating bullets trying to fix the problem.
Yes, it is very frustrating, and for me as well as anybody else. I am now completing a complete update of every single hub and have no way of knowing whether what I am doing is succeeding. GA is not a good source for this type of info, and those who suggest we use it forget how tedious it is. That is not the answer.
The answer is to just put on our big boy pants and wait until things get fixed. Complaining is doing nothing but allowing people to vent and upsetting everybody even more.
There may be more involved in this than just the stats, so it is likely that Paul has had to call in some outside help to analyze the entire server. I do notice that earnings are updated daily, and feel they are probably correct or will be made correct once the problem is fixed.
Maybe the best thing is to do nothing and stay off the site until after Thanksgiving. Checking every day is only going to make things worse.
makingamark: Thank you for clarifying this. I was beginning to feel like a moron! Also, even though my post seemed "misplaced"...what's the big deal? We are discussing an important issue here, and Jayne is worrying about the fact that I responded to her when I should have responded to somebody else? Really? Give me a break!
That post was for all of the people who are worrying themselves sick about all of this. I continue to update my articles significantly and only have 3 more to go until I finally am finished! It is my fervent hope that doing this will put me back in the game, but if nothing else, doing this allowed me to see just how bad some of my articles were! Not any more!
I've said this before, TT2, but if you are using daily stats to make decisions about whether your tweaks are working, then you're almost certainly making really bad decisions.
When you make a change, it can take weeks for the effect of that change to fully work through. If you see a change in stats the day after you changed something, chances are it has nothing to do with what you just did.
Those stats do not just reflect current views. I chart them to look back over the months and years to see how they stack up. I understand your view on this, but I also think much depends on your topic. Some are slower than others, obviously, to take hold, but I'm no longer sure I buy into the "let it mature" way of thinking. I have some I waited years for that never went anywhere, and others that took off from day one. Yes, there were a few that improved with time, but only a few.
Google only know what Google knows; there are more sources of traffic that just the Google search engine. G does not know what Bing and Yahoo are up to. Therefore it does not give a complete picture. I find that Bing/Yahoo and Google seem to like different hubs and while Google has no awareness of one hub, Bing/Yahoo are all over it.
I want one source that knows about all visits to my hubs and how they may have gotten there. That is why I would like the stats to work and be accurate.
Okay I have a post with no Google referrals but a number of them from Yahoo and Bing. This page does not show up at all on my GA account. So I know there have been views, but it is as if the page does not exist on GA. How is that possible?
Also, when I look at Acquisition, Keywords, it tells me that out of 16K sessions over 14K are "not provided." How can it not know how 88% of my traffic came to my Hubpages articles? I don't find the data there I get very useful.
What I do know is that Google Adwords and other advertisers know everything that I do: every click or search I make, even my instant messages all return ads to me directed at my last action on the computer.
I can relate to that. I visit an Amazon page and the ads all over other websites are about the same product for days. However, I've never heard of tracking instant messages too.
Adwords customers know your keywords because the links are being tracked by Google. For web adresses that begin with https:// instead of http:// (s means secure), Google cannot disclose the keyword because it's secured. This is the same security used to store passwords, credit card information etc.
They won't tell you the keyword from an encrypted search because the searcher is meant to remain anonymous and private. That information is found in your Webmaster Tools account under 'search queries'.
I was trying to remember this before; another reason a visit will not be counted by GA is if the visitor doesn't go down far enough on the page for the code to be read. The other thing is that AwStats, which my webhost provides for my sites, has an actual count from log files from the server. I'm still learning this stuff, but what it means is that it's going by actual activity on the site, actual records of visits directly. GA doesn't do that. This is why many people say that AwStats is more accurate.
That is not true, Nate. The reader does not need to go down enough for the code to be read (or loaded), because the code will have already been loaded by the page. Does your hub text or picture at the bottom load only after you scroll? Does the comment box load only after you scroll enough down? Does the advertisement only appear after you scroll down?No. As soon as you open the page, boom - every code is loaded. Same with the Google Analytics code.
My Analytics data shows visits of duration 1sec, 2sec, 3 sec and even 0 seconds, that means the code have already been loaded. Analytics is accurate and tracks all your visits people, but I'm still on the side of those voting for HP stats!
Hi, neosurk. My understanding is that it doesn't load all at once. This is why people have different ideas about where to place GA code on their sites. Put in the wrong place, it might not execute before someone leaves. Number two in this article alludes to this http://blog.crazyegg.com/2013/01/31/why … naccurate/ but I've also read about it elsewhere. I think jeff's article discusses this too.
I do trust GA though and I use it in various ways and often. It's a great tool, no doubt about that.
I'm on the side of HP stats too. They totally come in handy, hope they get fixed soon.
Unfortunately, that isn't the case for me either. Analytic's only shows hits to my hubpage. No other traffic is recorded. Pinterest, yummly, foodie, facebook, G+, there is no sign of them at all. However, my hub stats show all of these.
Well weirdly my HP account shows views coming from Bing and Yahoo that are not registered by Google. Nate had an explanation on another thread that made sense to me. However, this topic has so many threads I can't point you to it right now.
There you go Brandon,I hate people telling me to use GA. I didn't sign up with GA to post my articles. I am not getting paid by GA. Even if the stats here are just for reference, the point is, HAVE THEM FIXED HP!
I agree, but HubPages isn't for authors so much as it's for technos who understand how to direct internet traffic to make money. My Adsense account was closed almost three years ago because someone in Europe was doing something with it, and I lost all my earnings.
So now, I just write because it's what I do, and I no longer care about stats because it means nothing to me.
No, why should I use Google Analytics, which is totally unintuitive and extremely difficult to use?
Secondly, I consider it vital to the transparency of a site that it shows me the parameters on which it is basing my payments. If Hubpages no longer wishes to supply this information, it means I can no longer trust Hubpages not to cheat me.
My understanding is that the views on the stats page and the impressions on the earnings page come from two different sources, and only correlate with each other in that they are reporting similar things.
It would be pretty stupid of the HP team to try and cheat its writers because someone, sooner or later, would figure out what they were doing, publicize it, and everybody would quit!
I agree with Millionaire Tips...if you really do not trust the team and think that what they are doing has some evil intent, then it is time for you to find another place to write.
I have always trusted HP and, although I do not always agree with some of the ways they do things, etc., I think they offer us an excellent platform for learning how to write online, producing good content and perhaps making a little money along the way.
The views on the stats page are a running number that represents what any article has earned in views over a 24 hour period. For example, if I publish an article at 6 PM my time one day, what it has earned by 6 PM the next day represents one day's worth of views.
The impressions are 60% of that number. So, if I earn 100 page views, it will compute as 60 impressions, and those are the ones I get paid for based on my "cents per thousand" or CPMs.
This is a basic overview, but I think there are also some impressions we do not get paid for and never see that also figure into the formula from HP.
GA, on the other hand, runs its views from midnight to midnight on any given day, so this is why the numbers are different.
Both, as far as I know, include all page views, even your own. So when you are editing or checking a hub, those views are added, but are not views for which you are paid...for obvious reasons.
lobobrandon: If you are just using the stats for reference, you are missing out big time. There are many ways to manipulate them that allow you to see how things are going, what needs to be updated, what is succeeding and what is not doing so well. They are a treasure house of information that I, personally, use every single day to help me. When they are not available, I cannot do that, and GA comes nowhere near them for usability.
I would prefer to get the stats sometimes rather than never. I am willing to wait. I think they just need to let us know: - what is involved in keeping them updated -give us a more realistic expectation of when they will be fixed and - how often we should expect them to be updated.
My GA account refuses to give me stats on landing pages for the last two days -"information for the last 2 days is not available." I find it unacceptable to wait 3 days to know what happened when I made a major adjustment to a hub. I know Marissa thinks that is short sighted, but I want to know. Simple.
Nothing is giving me any valuable feedback right now, and I am used to getting it. So that is frustrating. Revolutions are not born out of people living in poverty; they are born out of conditions worsening. Not that I am advocating a revolution, just that this is human nature; we don't like having less than yesterday or the week before.
Bite your tongue Cardisa. Please HubPages, don't get rid of the stats page! OK, it can be annoying when it does not update for a few days, but better late than never I say. I can't do without my stats page!
I am also waiting for the stats to update, but even if it takes a bit longer, I'd rather wait for the techs to feel that they actually have it fixed rather than for them to hurry up just to satisfy my wanting the stats, "now." I think of it as, if a plane I were scheduled to fly on had to be grounded for mechanical issues, I might complain about the delay and how inconvenient it is for me, but I'd rather the mechanics take their time and get the problem fixed before boarding that plane. I'd rather be inconvenienced time wise, than to regret my impatience. That might seem like comparing apples to oranges to some, but I'll wait for the stats page to update whenever it updates. Like everyone else, I miss the updates and hope the stats are back up soon. Like most everything else in life, when things work we take it for granted, when they don't work we notice and are shocked and annoyed. Maybe when the stats are up again, we should start a thread on how we appreciate HP. I'm one of the ex-Squids that love it here on HP. I've been mighty pleased with how broken links are brought to our attention quickly and referenced to the link itself. That's a huge time saver.
This issue has persisted longer that usual, even for HP. Staff has done little (so far as I know) to keep us informed. As much as I love to post new articles (I have about 12 waiting to be published) I think it would be prudent to wait before I publish anything else.
Since sometimes I can be very stubborn I decided to give HP the benefit of the doubt and went ahead and published another hub today. I should have followed my own advice and waited for the stats to finally be fixed.
The hub shows no views (not even 1) which is extremely hard....even for me, after being published for a few hours now.
This goes to show you that you should listen to your own advice before acting as dumb as I appear to have done!
The lack of stats and incentive to publish anything here finally resulted in my uploading my own site - it was the just kick up the jumper I needed to make me do it - thanks to HubPages for motivating me sufficiently - I even managed to monetize it! Hooray!
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