Wikipedia:Pageview statistics

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Pageview stats refers to the number of times a particular page has been requested. Using this external link, it is possible to see how many times any Wikipedia page name has been requested for the past two years, for each day, month and for the previous 60 or 90 days. These figures do not reflect the number of unique visitors a page has received.[1] They also do not reflect how often the page has been read or even viewed.

The pageview stats tool is available from any page, in two ways: 1) see the toolbox in the sidebar, which shows page information; the external link is in the last section of page information; and 2) look behind the page's history tab and select page view statistics.

Page stats can help determine how popular a page is, but are not an indication of a topic's notability. Wikipedia's inclusion guidelines are based on coverage found in reliable sources. If a page's stats are low, it is not a reason to consider it for deletion, and if high it is not a reason to save it from deletion.

Accuracy of this tool[edit]

In order to get an accurate reading of stats for a page, you must enter the page's actual title in the correct case in which it appears, not a redirect or shortcut to the page. Entering a redirect will only show how often that redirect was used to reach that page, which is usually substantially less often.

However, you can see how often a targeted redirect to a section of a page or a shortcut to a project or Help page (or a section thereof) is used by entering the shortcut.

The pageview stats for any given day will be available when that day is over (at midnight) Western European Time.

This tool will work even for a non-existent page. So if there is a subject well-known to everyone (such as from a current event) but no article has been created (which is often justified per WP:NOTNEWS and various other guidelines), if you enter that subject's name, there is a good chance there will be at least some views in absence of an actual article.

An occasional glitch will result in no results being recorded on certain days. This does not mean the page was not read at all. It just means the results cannot be determined for that day. Note also that, as of July 2012, the rankings "The article ranked <n> on <site>" may be for a different period from the number of hits, as shown at [1] or [2].

What factors can increase a page's viewing[edit]

There are many factors that affect the popularity of a page. These include:

  • General popularity: A subject well known to most people will probably get more views than one that is naturally more obscure. For example, an article about a head of state is likely to get more views than one about the mayor of a small town. An article about a star athlete is likely to get more views than one about a minor leaguer. An article about a musician with one of the top hits in the country is likely to get more views than that of a local street performer.
  • Current events: The subject of or related to a current event will likely get many more views during a time when it receives media coverage than a time when it is little discussed by the public. This sometimes explains spikes in stats during periods of time when such an event is taking place. For example, most Olympic athletes will get many more views during the Olympics than at other times. Articles on topics pertaining to a particular holiday may get more hits around the time of year that holiday takes place. And during an election year, anything somehow related to that election may be read more than at other times.
Even without a fixed schedule, a subject with an already existing article on a subject that previously laid low but has been thrust into the spotlight by a sudden, unexpected event may get readership spikes from the amount of media coverage that may continue as long as the news does or even for a long period of time thereafter. For example, Costa Concordia had an article dating back to 2006, but its readership greatly grew on January 13, 2012, the date of its sinking that became front page international news. Previously, the article was receiving around 1000 hits a month, but it passed 1 million in January 2012.
  • Current, unrelated events. Auburn (color) received a spike in views immediately following a significant football game involving the football team of Auburn University, even though the two articles have no direct link at all other than the hair color being prominently located on top of the disambiguation page Auburn. All articles listed on America (disambiguation) see a noticeable spike in pageviews on July 4th, the Independence Day of the United States of America.
  • Incoming links from other Wikipedia pages. A page is more likely to get viewed when other Wikipedia pages link to it. These includes links found in the text itself, in a see also section, or in navigational templates. Readership may fluctuate as other articles are edited, and links to the page are increased or reduced.
  • Categories to which the page belongs, and the popularity of those categories
  • Also see Search engine optimization for more ideas.

How can I increase a page's stats?[edit]

See Wikipedia:Drawing attention to new pages and Wikipedia:Orphan for more information.

Relationship to numbers of edits[edit]

Increased readership has the potential to increase editing. But having a high level of pageview stats does not necessarily mean the page will receive more editing, and having a lower level does not necessarily mean it will receive less editing.

If a page you created or contributed to is receiving little or no editing, it is nothing to take personally.

A page may be read a lot, but receive little or no editing for a long time simply because no one feels any editing is needed during that time. Some topics are of interest to many to read, but few have the expertise to write about them. Protected and semi-protected pages get less editing while they are protected because fewer people are able to edit them. Some pages may simply be "complete" and not need any editing at the time.

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