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[resolved] Not Accurate (26 posts)

  1. purrdesign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Recently I've noticed this plugin has been extremely inaccurate. I feel like it worked decently for a while, until a few very old, random, rarely read posts started showing up in my popular list. Posts that, according to Google Analytics or Jetpack, were barely viewed at all. And yet they appear at the top of the list.

    Would love to see a fix for this, as there really is no comparable plugin I've found that I like as much as this one. I have a feeling it's bots or something that is throwing off the count. Or even an option to link the wpp plugin to a Jetpack or GA stat account and pull the popular posts directly from there.

    Thanks!

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/

  2. gerobe
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I can confirm this.

    I loved the plugin and it worked well on my website for months i.e. the posts shown were nearly the same as shown by my analytics-software.

    But since about 2 months the popular post in fact suddenly showed older articles, which never ever are among the most popular ones and which are never shown in my analytics software.

    I also think, that bot-calls are counted and not filtered.

    I think this should urgently by fixed!

  3. xsreality
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, I was looking to add a 'Top 10 posts for the week' page on my blog but was shocked to find the data to be absolutely random. Any ideas why this might be happening? I don't think it bot-calls would affect this so much?

  4. Drawer2
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ive only had this for a day, but the numbers seem all wrong. There is a very annoying bot, Semalt, which keeps "sending" me traffic, and I think it might be picking up that.

  5. pjkarlsen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    We are having the same problem. We use WordPress 3.8.1 with a Genesis child theme:
    http://psykologisk.no

    The widget looks great, but the post ranking is no longer accurate. In addition, the post counts seem far too low (about 20 percent of the counts by Google Analytics).

    I really hope the plugin will be fixed soon. It has been a great extension to our website.

  6. pjkarlsen
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    PS: A lot of readers access our website through Facebook. I donĀ“t know if the plugin is at all able to count visits from Facebook.

  7. pisaacs
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey guys. I'm seeing the same thing on my site. It appears that this plug in is busted. I have been using it on my website for some time and at first it appeared to work well but in the past few months it is not even remotely accurate. In my case it seems to only report old stories (as the mostly popular in the last seven days) even though I know newer stories are getting way more hits. Too bad really.

    As anyone had any experience getting this to work correctly.

    Also are there other similar plugins that might be able to do the job?

    Floyd

  8. xsreality
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am using the plugin Jetpack Post Views and it seems to be working fine. It integrates with the Jetpack stats plugin so the data returned is correct. No extra CPU or RAM usage needed as it does not have its own logic. And it also has a widget included.

  9. pisaacs
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Not a bad suggestion, but I can't use JetPack on my site currently. It seems to interfere with a few on my plugins.

    Floyd

  10. pyrohot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    jep, same here. plugin worked for month normal and now is data random. even more, list of post is messed up:
    Order by views
    1. post 52 views
    2. 604 views
    3. 133 views
    ...
    12. 444 views

  11. Fabian Deitelhoff
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I can confirm this. Some random posts shown up at top with around 1.000 views.

    But my analytics plugin says that this posts are just barely visited.

    Hope for a fix soon.

  12. pyrohot
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I made empty cache and its working again about month, now statistics are wrong again

  13. gerobe
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Nothing seems to happen here.

    So I switched over to the Top-!0-Plugin, which gives good results

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/top-10/

  14. pisaacs
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Do you know if "top 10" will do mostly popular for the week as well as for the day.

    I need a plugin that has both these features.

    Floyd

  15. gerobe
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @pisaacs

    Top10 only has a counter for a free range of days and an overall counter. There is no other different time range.

  16. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi guys,

    I'm aware of the situation and fortunately I'm positive it's been fixed now. I've been testing the development version (3.0.0) for a month now and the statistics are pretty much close to what Google Analytics is reporting.

    If you're willing to help me testing, here you can find WPP 3.0.0: https://github.com/cabrerahector/wordpress-popular-posts/releases. Make sure you make a backup first, 3.0.0 includes changes to the database tables that won't be simple to undo.

    It's probably a good idea too to clear WPP's cache (see Tools section) after installing version 3.0.0 in order to track clean statistics.

  17. purrdesign
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Testing out v 3.0.0 on a development site, and I'm getting the following error (three times, one for each popular post that displays):

    Warning: basename() expects parameter 1 to be string, array given in /home/loveando/public_html/dev/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts-3.0.0-alpha-2/wordpress-popular-posts.php on line 2113

    Only shows when I try to display a thumbnail. If I just display title/stats then it displays fine.

  18. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ok, thanks for the notice! Will take a look and push a new version later today.

  19. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Fixed, new alpha version available!

  20. cwhebert
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am using the latest alpha version and I am noticing the count is still off considerably. In-fact, looking at the top 10 posts for Popular Post vs. Google Analytics and there are few similarities.

  21. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Did you clear WPP's statistics, cwhebert?

  22. cwhebert
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I did. Cleared everything and started fresh.

  23. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    I see, you're right actually. Just checked the statistics on both WPP and GA and there's a slight difference. I've been thinking about it and there are actually a few reasons why the data reported by the plugin will never be the same to what GA shows:

    • GA counts every view generated, even if you're logged in to WordPress. WPP by default logs visits from non-logged in users only.
    • GA does not filter out visits generated when previewing a post. WPP does.
    • GA also counts visits to the homepage. WPP does not.
    • GA filters out visits by robots / spiders, while only WPP 3.0* does, and older versions of the plugin don't.

    * There's also the possibility that there are bots / crawlers / spiders that aren't on the exclusion list yet, so WPP 3.0 will register their visits as valid ones. Since this feature (bot detection) is new and still under development and testing, this is to be expected.

    I'll keep an eye on it.

  24. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Someone reported that some time ago, but I don't think it's browser related since I was unable to reproduce it. It could be either theme-related, or another plugin causinga conflict.

    There's a new version under development now, could you please test it and let me know if the problem persists? Get it here: WPP 3.0 Beta 1.

    Make sure to make a full backup before installing WPP 3.0.

  25. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Awesome, that's great news. Thanks for testing!

    Please remember to re-download the plugin again once 3.0.0 is officially available since there might be some additional changes between WPP Beta 1 and the final release (or keep an eye on the Github page to see if there's a newer beta / RC version available).

  26. Hector Cabrera
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey guys,

    To anyone still running the alpha / beta versions of the plugin: you must download the official 3.0 release again.

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