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Notes on tech

Notes on technology, business, enterpreneurship, economy, markets along with interesting general tidbits.

Finding the number of feed subscribers

5/10/2006 01:38:00 AM, posted by anand

These days its almost impossible to find out an accurate number of people reading your feed. First of all, there are people who directly access the blog/feed thru a feed reader installed on their desktop. These can easily be counted.

Then there are feed consuming sites like Bloglines which have their own subscribers who read your feed. So Bloglines makes one request for the feed and then serves it out to multiple people. Subscribers who subscribe to your feed thru readers such a Bloglines are difficult to count, unless you ask Bloglines for help. But there are many sites out there providing services like Bloglines.

So counting the accurate number of readers to your feed is an almost impossible task.
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5/11/2006 5:30 AM, comment by Anonymous ruman

What does feed refer to ? ...    

5/11/2006 6:09 AM, comment by Blogger Anand

Typically on a blog like mine, there is a feed which is published by the blogging software.

Its an XML based format for publishing the latest posts on a blog (or a website) for use by either end users like yourself or other computers (or websites).

So if you "subscribed" to a feed for my site, you would get automatically notified if I posted a new post. So you wouldnt have to keep coming back to my site in anticipation of new content.

On the right hand side of this blog, there is a "RSS Feed" link. You can use that to subscribe to my site's feed. You can use a service like "Bloglines" or you can even add my blog's feed to your My Yahoo homepage.

Hope this helps    

5/13/2006 6:49 PM, comment by Anonymous Chetan

Ah, apparently you're using neither of these: Google Analytics, Feedburner.    

5/13/2006 11:28 PM, comment by Blogger Anand

I am using feedburner, but services like bloglines will only make one request for my RSS feed. Once it receives the content, it will serve to to subscribers who have subscribed to my feed through bloglines. So I get to only see one request in my feedburner stats, while there might be 10 subscribers who would've subscribed to my feed.    

5/15/2006 11:41 AM, comment by Blogger nourish_naresh

hey thanks a lot about that feed explaination..and hee..your ego search...
you seem to be a fast track man...and after reading ur posts and you...i feel you are competent enough to help out the character on crossroads

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