Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
[resolved] Page Views DECREASING? (5 posts)

  1. jockgilchrist
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm not sure what's causing this, but somehow my Page Views count is decreasing. It was a little over 1000 a few days ago and is now at 856.

    Likewise, the Visit count for a two popular posts went from 230 to 140, and from 180 to 75.

    Have I been hacked, is there a glitch in the software? I'm relatively new to WordPress so don't have a lot of experience troubleshooting. Any advice anyone can offer would be MUCH appreciated. Thank you!


  2. Alin Marcu
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    It could be that some of the posts are loosing popularity, this is something natural, on a news website or similar sites.

    If the views are decreasing, is normal for the dashboard to show less views on a report for last 30 days or last 7 days.

  3. jockgilchrist
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Good point--though I guess I should have been clearer: my issue isn't that the posts are getting less views per week or month, it's that the TOTAL views for certain posts and overall TOTAL views for the website are going down.

    The total views number should never decrease because you can't "un-view" a post. Know what I mean?

    If they were just having less views than normal, the total view count would still increase, just more slowly. Instead, the total view count is decreasing. That's not possible. Which is why I'm wondering if there's a glitch of some sort.

  4. Alin Marcu
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    It is possible, because the totals are calculated for an interval. If you had 1000 visits on 7 days the total will be 7000 for last seven days. In eighth day let's say you had 500 visitors, the total for the last seven days will become 6500, right?

  5. jockgilchrist
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ohhhhhh. I see what you're saying.

    I thought the categories I was looking at were total/overall/all-time views. But if you're saying these quantities are done over an interval then yes the views count can definitely be decreasing. This makes perfect sense. Thank you for pointing this out.

    Is there an option to view all-time page views?

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