12.06.2009

a question and two answers

Question.

Does anyone know of a way to see how many people subscribe to a feed of a particular blog?

Statcounter, Site Meter and similar sites show only actual visits - click-throughs. Readers who read a blog through a feed aggregator, and don't click through, are not recorded.

Bloglines used to have some way to see how many people subscribed to your feed, but (a) it doesn't anymore and (b) it's not a popular service these days, so it would mean very little.

Allan and I both use Statcounter, which gives you some approximation of your daily traffic, but I think most people use feeds these days. I'm just curious. Any ideas?

Answers: to my earlier questions about laptops, dryers and false bargains, on the updated post.

9 comments:

teddymac said...

On my Google Reader, it says that you have 135 subscribers.

(Click on Show Details on the right side of the 'we move to canada' Google Reader page)

impudent strumpet said...

Google Webmaster Tools will give you a count. I have no way to know whether it's accurate.

The internet also told me that feedburner will do this, but I haven't tried.

L-girl said...

On my Google Reader, it says that you have 135 subscribers.

Subscribers on Google Reader only, I assume?

Google Webmaster Tools will give you a count.

Thanks! Do you know if this is for all subscribers, no matter what aggregator they use?

I will investigate.

Thanks for the info.

L-girl said...

Now, there'd be no way to know which of those readers click through and which don't, right? So when Statcounter shows (eg) 400 visitors and Google Reader shows 135 subscribers, we have no way of determining the overlap, right?

I'm starting to see the futility here.

L-girl said...

Funny how I couldn't find Google Webmaster Tools on my own! Thanks, Imp Strump.

It looks like it provides Google Reader stats for various feed configurations. One has the 135 that Teddymac mentioned, then there are a few other stragglers for other feed URLs.

I'll investigate the Feedburner thingy.

teddymac said...

Subscribers on Google Reader only, I assume?

I assume so too.

L-girl said...

Teddymac, every time I see your name, I think you are a JoSer. I think it's because of the Red Sox association of your name.

If this makes no sense to you, just ignore me. :)

teddymac said...

Teddymac, every time I see your name, I think you are a JoSer. I think it's because of the Red Sox association of your name.

If this makes no sense to you, just ignore me. :)


My name comes from an old teddy bear I have and then I added the beginning of my last name to it. And all these years later, I'm stuck with it!

L-girl said...

I figured the Mac was the beginning of your last name, but not that Teddy was a bear. How sweet.