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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blog control. Google Stats manipulation.




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These numbers are unlikely.................









These are supposedly real stats for page reads on posts.  How come they're all the same?  This is fairly typical.  It suggests the numbers are being manipulated - downwards presumably.

Months page reads around 300,000 on google.  Maybe far more.  Who knows?  

9 comments:

Tapestry said...

I can't align the post whatever I do. These stats are nonsense, but typical of what we get every day. These people must be short of something to do. If they're going to manipulate the stats, they might at least try to make it look random!

Anonymous said...

One way is to alter the width of the table, which is set to 1646px. If you change it to something around 640px (possibly in the HTML view?) it will fit in, although the contents of the table's columns will be squished a bit.

The table width is in this bit (emboldened for emphasis):

< table class="GFUQPS5BJP blogg-posttable" cellspacing="0" style="border-spacing: 0px; border-top: 1px solid rgb(235, 235, 235); border-width: 1px 0px 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; table-layout: fixed; text-align: start; vertical-align: baseline; width: 1646px; " __gwtcellbasedwidgetimpldispatchingfocus="true" __gwtcellbasedwidgetimpldispatchingblur="true" >

Change it to 640px and it fits in perfectly.

Altering the font size in the above to, say, 10px instead of 13px helps with the squishing.

Anonymous said...

I think someone has grabbed the wrong end of the stick.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone bother manipulating the stats? I don't even think it would be possible without being server side, if it is possible do you realise the work involved in accomplishing such a task, this just sounds to crazy to me. Counters aren't reliable anyway because people refresh pages etc which give false readings not to mention all the bots hitting the blog each day. stick to google analytics it's more precise.

Tapestry said...

Thanks for the tips. worked well.

Tapestry said...

Living with the blog you now your stats are manipulated. And stories they don't like they try to keep out of the top ten. The numbers in the set above move up in tandem and are still in tandem. The staff they employ to 'shill' vary in their diligence. This one couldn't be bothered to disguise his/her handiwork at all.

Anonymous said...

Tapestry. The figures may be appear to be distorted because of unique views vs refreshed clicks. Since you are never going to be a top ranking blog (its wishful thinking, but it's the wrong subject matter to hit the charts).
Just take them for what they are.

Tapestry said...

I agree. It's just fascinating that they pay people to manipulate blog stats. Being top? The best is the enemy of the good. We're good, though!

Anonymous said...

Google SERPS aren't governed by the sheer number of page views alone, many other factors are considered and will effect your rank position including PR, number of back links and sites you link out to. most importantly quality of content, unique well writing articles that has plenty of depth, key wording in H1 titles, body, meta tags ect will also help rank well if done correctly.