[theme-reviewers] WordPress Themes Download Statistics Counter
stuartwider at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 11:07:48 UTC 2013
Thanks Bryan for the insight into how it might work.
On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM, Bryan Hadaway <bhadaway at gmail.com> wrote:
> I had always wondered the same thing and tried investigating how good it
> Generally speaking, it's actually just a click counter, not really a
> download counter (which I don't know if that would even be possible without
> intrusion or at all) because you can click to download, not actually
> download and just refresh the page and the count goes up once. Trying a
> second time does not work so I assume it records the IP address to try and
> keep the numbers consistent and accurate.
> Considering that a lot of ISPs automatically change their customers IP
> addresses every so often, anytime they re-downloaded it would count again
> if their IP had changed.
> The download link isn't nofollowed so whether robots following the link
> counts as yet another download count, not sure.
> My guess would be that at least 80% of the recorded count for any given
> theme accounts for real unique and separate people who genuinely downloaded
> and tried the theme.
> Then, if we got into what percentage of people from the download count are
> actually still actively using the theme we'd probably quickly fall below
> the 50% mark.
> Anyways, please keep in mind that this is all merely anecdotal on my part.
> Thanks, Bryan
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