How Many Subscribers
Are Readers Of Your
WordPress RSS Feed?
We’ve talked a lot about the many benefits of hosting your own WordPress Feed rather than using a third party service.
Feedburner, which appears to be going away, had two distinct advantages over our native feed…
(1) we could make the feed display right in Chrome (here’s how to do that in WordPress) and …
(2) it offered (albiet often very incorrect) statistics for the Feed.
We’ve already covered the Chrome issue so lets take a look at one alternative to get statistics for your native WordPress based feed.
Available free in the WordPress repository, the “Feed Statistics” plugin for WordPress gives you stats based on your native WP feed.
The only thing you really have to know about it is that, like all statistic options, it’s data is inaccurate for the first couple days. In fact, this is the type of plugin that probably should run a good 30 days before you really dig into the data it provides.
Fast, cheap, and easy… the plugin has very few settings and adds it’s settings and data tabs to the lower left sidebar.
Displays a list of the feeds most often requested by your subscribers. Note: a subscriber that follows multiple feeds will only be counted once in the total subscriber count, but all of the feeds that they subscribe to will appear on this page.
Displays which feed readers your subscribers are using.
If you have post view tracking turned on (it’s enabled by default), this page will show the posts in your RSS feed that are most popular.
If you have clickthrough tracking turned on (it’s disabled by default), this page will show the links in your posts that your feed subscribers are clicking on.
If you’re looking for a way to have RSS metrics for your self-hosted WordPress feed, then Feed Statistics comes in really handy.
Do you track you RSS subscriber numbers? Do you self host your feed or use a third party?
~ Kim ~
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PS: I would say that the market is really ripe for someone to bring all of these RSS tools together in one comprehensive plugin. An all in one solution that provides improved feed branding, improved display in Chrome, and statistics all in one really would be lovely.