I recently visited a blog that had over 750 followers and fewer than 350 page views.
I assume the blogger must think we’re all really stupid. This person most likely included an exaggerated follower count in the Follow Blog widget’s text section. It’s not that hard to do.
But let’s look at some other possibilities.
1- This person has lots of friends and family (or perhaps Facebook friends) who promised to read his stuff and never did. If this is the case, the blogger needs to find some real friends.
2- If the blogger has been around long enough to amass so many hundreds of empty followers (you know… salespeople and others who click “follow” from the WordPress Reader without looking at the blog) and has only garnered 300-something page views, the blogger may need to rethink how he presents his blog.
3- The blogger may need to repeat kindergarten. A five-year-old can figure out that 750 is more than 350.
4- The blogger may need to think bigger. If you’re going to fake the number of followers you have, why not go higher? It’s not like he had any credibility left to lose.
5- The blogger may have entered a fake 350 hit count several years ago when he started the blog and then he forgot it was still there. If this is the case, how sad that someone thought 350 would be impressive.
6- The blogger may need to advertise on my blog. Given his expert grasp of statistics, I’m sure I can develop a pricing plan that maximizes my profit and his pleasure.