I added the elfsight podcast player on our website so that it loads on certain pages ready for the visitor to listen if they like.
At first I was excited that it resulted in a strong uplift in downloads - but I notice now that it seems EVERY page load with the player on it counts as a download of the podcast? Which is not ideal… I would much prefer to have podcast stats that are reflective of those who actually listened to it…
Is there a way to confirm if the Elfsight player would somehow pre-load an episode behind the scenes (so, download it) ready to play if the visitor wanted, and then that somehow counts as a podcast download?
Here are my daily number of listeners stats… guess what day I implemented the player (the last day is still only half way done so will be higher than all the others as well)
Should I be worried about this or should I be celebrating that something actually worked for once? I’m skeptical lol