I’m getting a lot of site referrals in the last two days from Gmail and Yahoo Email and Chat accounts as well as others. The referral links look something like this:
If this was random and I’d only had one or two hits from these referrers, then I wouldn’t bring this up. But I’ve many hits from each of these but, as is a major flaw with the WordPress.com stats, I can’t tell what post they are referring to. Unlike a public website or blog, I can’t access the emails to see what is being talked about.
So I make assumptions.
One or more of the articles I’ve written is linked to and probably being talked about via email shared with more than one person. If this was coming only from Yahoo and Google emails, then I might conclude that a link to one of my articles is in one of the Yahoo or Google group message exchanges. But the list includes Google Chat and non-Google and Yahoo mail services.
Check your blog statistics and referrer stats to see if you are finding any similar links, just in case this might be something else that we need to pay attention to. And if you know what they are, please let me know. I’ve always been one to respect the privacy of others, but I really want to dig into their email and find out what they are talking about. Or at least what post is mentioned.
Update: If you are finding these email style links in your referrers, they are indeed coming from emails. Sometimes they come from emailed newsletters and feeds with links to your blog posts in them. Other times they come from emailed articles from other bloggers who have email newsletters, feeds, and the “email article” feature. Not to worry.