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FeedButton Adds Stats

As far as I can tell, it is beyond difficult to accurately track how many people have subscribed to a blog’s feed, unless you hand over control of your feed to a service like FeedBurner. I’ve been using FeedButton on this site for the last 2-3 months to make it real easy for you guys to subscribe; all you have to do is select the “Add Feed” FeedButton icon in the sidebar and it’ll help you subscribe to this blog in all sorts of popular and unpopular RSS readers.

Now, FeedButton has made using it even more worth it, since they’ve apparently been tracking the stats of people who subscribed to my feed. I’m not sure if they disclosed it, but these stats are totally useful so I don’t mind any of it. My stats page shows a preview of your feed (useful for potential subscribers, as well as the link to a more advanced feed subscription page), lists the top 5 feed readers that have subscribed to your feed. My top 5:

Top 5 Feed Readers:
RSS 41
Google 41
live 25
bloglines 21
newsgator 19
Total: 305

I’m guessing “RSS” means direct subscriptions to the RSS feed, which means many of my readers are savvy enough to run their RSS readers theirselves. Considering I put up the FeedButton 2-3 months ago, 305 new subscribers is a pretty good number for that period. The other cool stat they reveal are the top six other RSS feeds your readers have subscribed to. Mine are:

Top Feeds Read By This Feed’s Audience

I don’t read any of those blogs, but I’m thinking now of checking them out, since my readers have basically recommended them. If you read this blog, and one of those, let me know what makes them so great.

January 18th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Blogs, General | 2 comments

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  1. I like the associative search results, but I have to wonder how useful the subscription stats are. For instance, it only accounts for subs via FeedButton. I suspect many people are now using built-in feed subscription in IE and Firefox and you aren’t seeing them at all. Further, if someone subbed more than once, then they would be difficult to account for. You’d be much better off using a service like FeedBurner, which will give you something more accurate. MHO.

    Comment by Randy Charles Morin | January 19, 2007

  2. I agree, that there are plenty of unaccounted subs, but at the very least it gives me some sort of trendline I can rely on. Heck, it doesn’t even count subs through R-Mail (Randy runs R-Mail).

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | January 19, 2007

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