Now, I’m not complaining folks, in fact, I was really excited about it… I just find it all a bit odd and have to ask, What’s going on? Then on further reflection, and possibly too much of it… well:
I had three messages from WordPress yesterday like this, and each with larger figures: (This was the last one)
Your blog, Kev’s Great Indie Authors, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 249 hourly views…
Why do I question it? Well, anyone of you who knows me well enough, knows that I’m pretty much a realist and see things as there are… no pretences, gimmicks and all that, although I do try new things out from time to time, but all for the cause of offering services to indie authors. And, to be perfectly honest with you all… I do check my stats frequently. They are important to me on this blog for both myself and all the authors I promote. (On my personal blog, for example, I don’t bother with stats at all… What would be the point?)
I usually get between 100-200 visits daily on Kev’s Great Indie Authors. (Not huge and big margin, I know, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles… borrowed that bit from Tess btw :D ) And, that’s obviously not from the same people everyday. But yesterday, I had nearly 800 views and 699 of those were recorded as actual visits to my site. That’s a four hundred percent increase! Am I boasting? No, and here’s why:
Like I said, I’m not into gimmicks. I don’t pay to have traffic directed to my site. Why? For the simple reason, I like things to be genuine. If I pay to have traffic directed to my site, the stats lose all their meaning for me… they’re no longer real! Simple as that. So, if this is some gimmick to get me to buy traffic… forget it. Not happening!
What really strikes me as odd though, and the reason why I suspect it’s a gimmick, is that although the stats show all these actual visits, they are all to the same post, and, the folks that have liked/commented on this particular post are my regular visitors and several new folk (nothing beyond the norm) There isn’t an increase in likes/comments. This leads me to believe… It’s not real, and if it’s not real, that lends the question: Who’s been spammed? And quite frankly, I don’t like the idea of Kev’s Great indie Authors in the spam folder of anyone’s blog, never mind hundreds of peoples blogs! (Ok, deep breaths, Kev… hold it, now slow-ly exhale… that’s it!) :D
Does this make sense to you folks?
If you can shed some light on this and/or possibly show me that I could be wrong about this being a gimmick… Much appreciated. :)