Easily Track Your WordPress Feed Stats with the Feed Statistics Plugin

November 19, 2012 · 24 comments

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Easily Track Your WordPress Feed Stats with the Feed Statistics Plugin

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.

WordPress Plugin: Feed Statistics

 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. 

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Garen November 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hey Kim,

This is the first time I have heard that feedburner is going away. I use it on all my blogs/sites. Have been for about 4 years. I will have to look further into this plugin so I can see where people are coming from. Thanks for the heads up :)

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Julia Spencer November 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

This statistics plugin can give every blogger an opportunity to know everything that happens on the blog. And more over it’s very easy and fast in usage

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Tanya November 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I love where you can see your most popular posts! I always find that helpful to have on the side of my page for my readers to be able to see. I found that I get more views when having that there.
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Donna Merrill November 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hey Kim,

Well this is a handy little tool. I like it because not only can I track my top read feeders, but most importantly, which blogs that I’m writing are popular. This way I can pay more attention to what people want to know about and write more on that subject line.
As usual, Awesome information about feed stats.
Donna
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babanature November 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

@Garen, google is not rolling out feedburner they are only stopping adsense for feed, that is adsense will stop showing in your feed but they are alot of feed ad around that you can use with your feedburner. thank you

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Jens P. Berget November 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

Hi Kim,

This sounds like a very interesting plugin. I was hosting my feed with Feedburner, now I’m hosting it with Feedblitz. I would love to know what you are doing. Can I just switch from Feedblitz to this plugin?

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Paul Lee November 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Anything to do with metrics I like. Its one of the few ways a person can measure the true success/failure/reach of…almost anything.

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Rick Lelchuk November 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I guess I’m not the truest of Internet Marketers as I forget regularly to look into my stats. I feel like the doctor who wants to practice medicine and not have to deal with the business side of the practice, or the artist who wants to create and not be bothered by selling his work.

I think you’re on to something, Kim, having one overall plugin to conquer all the stats tasks. Are you tinkering yet?

RICK
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chanikacha November 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm

This is awesome! It is really great to read and know what does this plugin do. Thanks kim For this information!

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Sarah Park November 21, 2012 at 1:43 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing this useful information. This really helps a lot to know if I am doing things right and if I am on the right track of my business.

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Robert Koenig November 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Interesting. I’ll have to try this plug-in to see if it works for me. Thanks!

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marquita herald November 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

This is helpful Kim, and I just want to add that I agree with your PS – it would be nice to see someone pull all these tidbits together! I do check my status, but not where near as often as I used to – in my first year blogging I made myself crazy checking constantly.
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clare November 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Hi Kim,
I too didn’t know Feedburner was going away, I currently use Feedburner so I will investigate alternatives.
I don’t track enough but as my readership grows, I know it is critical that I do. Especially want to see the links they are clicking on.
Thanks again,
Clare
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Raena Lynn November 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi Kim,

Thanks again for your recommendation. I will install “Feed Statistics” on my blog after reading this post. You explained its benefits and showed some pretty existing screenshots! I’m a stickler about tracking my marketing campaigns because it gives me information to make good decisions. I can see it is just as important to track blog performance for the same reason. I like the feature of being able to track my most popular posts. I love your WordPress articles!

Raena Lynn

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kenyanews November 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

Thanks for sharing this feed statistics plugin, just helped me with my search.

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Ileane November 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Hi Kim, thanks for sharing this plugin.

I currently use FeedBurner but I have FeedBlitz as a backup if necessary. I see some feed stats in Google Analytics but I think I’ll add this plugin to see if I gain some new insights.
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Beth Hewitt November 25, 2012 at 5:12 am

Hi Kimberly,

Thanks for this info. I have never really tracked by RSS subscribers in detail. But now that I have a new site. I am keeping on top of all my analytics and information. I will add this to my arsenal.

Thanks,

Beth :)
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Veronica November 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

This looks like a great tool, Kim. I will check this one out. Thanks for providing info about it.
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Joy November 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

Tracking stats will never be as fun and as convenient as this. Bookmarked! Thank you so much for sharing this informative post.

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Sandra November 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

I think Feed Statistics from Wordpress is a really helpful plug-in. That’s because every blogger would want to keep track of their progress every once in a while. Keep writing!

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Philip A December 1, 2012 at 6:50 am

Hi Kim,

Well my blog is only 2 months old and I don’t have that many subscribers until now but I’ve always wanted to get more analytics for my feed. I’m gonna try out this plugins to see how it goes.

Thanks for the info, always enjoy reading your posts.

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John Hunter December 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

I don’t think feedburner is going away. I guess time will tell who is right on that score. I don’t like feedburner though so have avoided it (I used it for one blog so that my subscriber count could be captured by a rating service – so my blog could rank at the top of the list :-) I just added it to another one – in the hopes to get that blog to rank in the top 25 for it’s niche.

I don’t understand how this plugin could get counts of your subscribers. I don’t understand technically how they can do this. Lets say I have 12,000 RSS subcribers now. The RSS feed readers they use are the ones that access your site – so if 1,000 of them use x feed reader, that feedreader gets pinged (or watches popular ping locations) and then captures the data and displays it to the RSS feed reader users.

If they click through I can see how the plugin could count that but I don’t see how the plugin can know the subscriber counts.

It could pull counts from Google reader (which knows and publishes counts) and if feedreader stats are public it can get those…

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Kevin Martineau January 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hi Kim:

I have only used Feedburner. I didn’t know it was going away. I am going to have to check out this option.

Thanks!
Kevin

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J April 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for the pointer. Been looking for a way to track my feed readers now that feedburner is going away.

I like the look of Simple Feed Stats, however, it’s giving me a mysql error, so sticking with Feed Statistics for now.

I’d rather have all my data appearing in my Google Analytics dashboard. Anyone know a way to get feed statistics into Google Analytics?

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