We all know Blogger stats aren't the most accurate. Considering there is no way of blocking bots and other fake views, your stats may end up looking a bit like this:
Of course, these spam sites direct 'hits' to your blog, which may cause your stats to become inaccurate. You could say from looking at the screenshot above that I got 4,689 views, but I didn't. To get a more accurate number, it's a good idea to subtract the spam sites from your total. Doing that, you can see that I actually got 3,054. The fact that Google lets in these spam referrals is extremely annoying, although some people like them because they make their stats look good. But what's the point in your stats looking good if the hits aren't real?
But we're not done yet.
Some people don't use Blogger stats at all and instead use Google Analytics, but I haven't made the switch yet. However, I do know that Google Analytics are more reliable than Blogger stats, so it's worth looking at.
Then we come to spam comments. While Blogger isn't the most reliable when it comes to stats, it's amazing when it comes to blocking these unwanted comments. I have only ever had twelve spam comments on this blog in nearly five-years of it being online, and all of these comments were blocked automatically. Isn't that great? These comments don't affect stats, so moving on...
Sometimes publishers will ask you for your stats before you join their mailing lists. Always make sure to give them an accurate number, whether it's using the method I showed or by using a stat counter other than Blogger. Apparently if you have your own domain name like I do, you can block certain countries from looking at your blog. This is what I would like to do with Russia and Ukraine seeing as it's highly unlikely people from those countries would be able to read my blog anyway. I haven't completely figured out how to do this yet, but I'm working on it.
How do you keep your Blogger stats accurate? Or had they always been inflated and you just hadn't realised?