Our First Mixer and, How Important Are Page Views, Really?

by Margaret on September 5, 2012

Sacramento Bloggers Inaugural Mixer

We have finally arranged our first meetup/mixer and we couldn’t be more excited!

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Time: 7pm

Place: Le Rivage Hotel

Le Rivage, Sacramento

(photo “borrowed” from Le Rivage Hotel photo gallery)

All bloggers are welcome whether they belong to the Sacramento Bloggers network or not, but you must register/RSVP.

Click here to RSVP: http://sacbloggerssept12.eventbrite.com/

You can like Le Rivage on Facebook here.

You can follow Le Rivage on Twitter at @LeRivageHotel.

Our Twitter hashtag for the event is: #sacblogrivage

 

Blog Tip of the Day: Beware of Page View Thieves

onswipe steals page viewsToday’s blog tip was going to be about making your blog tablet-friendly using OnSwipe. It still is, but not as a recommendation so much as a warning.

You can use OnSwipe regardless of your platform, be it WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr.

The problem is, after some real world research, it turns out that OnSwipe takes your page views away from you. Every tablet user that goes to your site gets redirected to view your content on OnSwipe’s site in a magazine style format. Which means you no longer see page views from iPad users. And if you want, you can also allow OnSwipe to take over your smart phone reader page views as well.

This might be okay with you, giving up page views to another site, as long as people see your content. But the fact that OnSwipe is misleading and sneaky about it is disturbing. For example, they claim there will be a huge “page view increase”. Yeah, for THEM. They are careful not to say that YOUR page views will increase. Also, if you use the WordPress plug-in, the browser URL is disguised so that the reader still thinks they are on your site, when in fact, you are not.

Furthermore, if they are curating our content onto their website, will Google consider this duplicate content and penalize our sites? Yikes!

OnSwipe could not be reached for comment for this story.

P.S. It would appear that WPTouch, a plug-in used for mobile browsing may also be taking away page views. This reporter deactivated WPTouch and suddenly, this reporter’s stats are showing mobile phone users. Why didn’t this reporter notice this before???

Have you installed any mobile device formatting tools? Have you noticed the difference in your stats? Please share your experience in the comments.

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