Throughout the last 2 years I have been trying to accommodate mobile and tablet users by choosing responsive width themes. I have been happily noting I do have more mobile and tablet viewers. However, I have also noted something perplexing and wonder if my readers have noticed it too.
Have you noticed your page view stats are descending as your mobile and tablet users are increasing in number?
Every blogger wants more page views, readers, subscribers and comments. Along with many other factors, traffic is a page ranking factor and though I’m not a stats addict I do view my stats to determine whether or not the subject matter in my posts is drawing increased interest.
I don’t want anyone to have the ability to read the full posts on my blog anywhere other than by clicking into my blog and creating a page view stat by reading it on the blog I published it on. That is why I changed my RSS Feed for posts from full text to summary.
Dashboard > Settings > Reading
For each article in a feed, show
It was my means of working around the fact that our followers and anyone with a WordPress.com blog who is logged into WordPress.com can “like”, “share” and “reblog” our posts in several locations such as the Reader, without ever clicking into your blog and creating a single page view stat. However, I have discovered some pertinent information about mobile viewers.
You asked whether users can choose to override your blog’s RSS excerpt settings – the direct answer to that is no, overriding your blog’s excerpt settings is not something users can choose to do or not do on their end. The mobile Reader itself does override individual blog settings by its very nature. It’s not something a user has control over. …
our Reader developers have let me know that the ability to display the full post from the WordPress.com Reader hasn’t yet been rolled out to all users, only some. They hope to launch it for everyone very soon.
UPDATE: Nov 6, 2013, 2:41 PM