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Feedback on plugin idea: track reads, not page views (4 posts)

  1. fastfedora
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm looking at creating a new WordPress plugin that tells you how many people are actually reading your posts.

    The problem is that Google Analytics and WordPress Stats only show you who visits your pages, not if they've actually read the content on that page. So you only know how intriguing your headlines are, not how engaging your content is.

    I have a couple ideas on how to measure if people have actually read a post and am thinking about packaging it up as a plugin similar to WordPress Stats. Would anyone here be interested in a plugin like this?

    Before developing it, I’m asking around on forums and other places to see if anyone is interested, so I don’t waste my time.

    If you are, please sign up on my early access list at ReaderMetrics.com. If I hit 100 sign ups, I’m going to move forward with its development. I’m planning to make the plugin free if I can.

    If you have any other ideas or feedback on this plugin, feel free to shoot me an e-mail or reply to this thread. Thanks.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The problem is that Google Analytics and WordPress Stats only show you who visits your pages, not if they've actually read the content on that page.

    How do you intend to determine who has "read" a given page as opposed to loading it, waiting 30 seconds and then moving on?

  3. fastfedora
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My hypothesis is that you can distinguish certain behaviors from others to detect a "read". There certainly will be a margin of error, but I think for most situations it's possible to tell the difference between a view and a read.

    But, you're right, if the person loads a page, waits 30 seconds, then moves on, and the content is all contained above the fold, there's no way to say whether they've actually read the page. But if they navigate away in 2 seconds or if most of the content exists below the fold, it's pretty clear they didn't.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    How will you determine what's below the fold? If a significant part of the content is below the fold, will you be able to determine if the scrollbar has been moved? Sorry if I come across as a devil's advocate but it's an idea that intrigues me.

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