I Don’t Really Have 34,015 RSS Subscribers

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I’ve had a few queries asking what is going on with my RSS feedcount. As I type this article, my feedcount according to the Feedburner chicklet looks like this -

34,000 RSS Feed Readers

Yeah, 34,015 readers, not bad considering I was around 6,000 a few days ago, then I jumped to around 17,000 and now it’s doubled that number.

So what’s going on?

As reported in this article where I asked – Will Feedburner Feed Counts Include AWeber Email Subscribers? – the answer is yes, they do.

I had set up my blog blaster (RSS-to-email service) in AWeber a LONG time ago, in fact, before I even used Feedburner and I realized I had my old standard WordPress RSS feed plugged into AWeber, so it wasn’t reporting to Feedburner.

I went into AWeber, switched over to my Feedburner “burned” feed and now my AWeber email subscribers are also included in the feedcount. Here’s how the feedcount breaks down now -

Feedburner stats

However, something is not quite right with these numbers because I do not have 27,000 AWeber subscribers – not yet anyway. I suspect AWeber and Feedburner haven’t quite got the communication right and no doubt tomorrow or the next day the numbers will settle to a true reflection of reality. I suspect it will fall to around the 22,000 mark, still a nice improvement.

Gobala stated – Aweber/Feedburner Integration is Good News For Marketers – and I have to agree. What will be interesting to see is if some of the Internet marketers out there with email list sizes in the hundreds of thousands begin using Feedburner chicklets on their blogs, thus catapulting them into the top of blog rankings even if the blog itself doesn’t get that much traffic.

Does this mean the Feedcount chicklet will lose its position as the standard measure of blog status, just like PageRank has? I doubt it, people still look to PageRank as a measure of a site’s worth and I suspect Feedburner chicklets will continue to be the social proof tool of choice for blogs, regardless of how accurate a measure it is. Once a standard is adopted, it’s hard to change it.

In the meantime I’m going to go and enjoy the one moment in history where I can pretend I was almost as popular as Darren. Even when the numbers are broken I can’t beat him! (…it’s not a competition Yaro :) ).

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24 Comments

  • Hey, great post Yaro! I have a similar concern and it’s good to know it’s not only me that has the same concern. :)

  • 34000 is amazing but 22000 is still incredible. Well done Yaro!

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  • Wow – I better run over to Feedburner and check out my current chicklet reading. Perhaps it is finally high enough to place on my blog.

    Thanks for the great article on Maki and Caroline’s blogs and how they are growing so fast!

    Danielle

  • So the real question is… Yaro – why the heck are you showing that number in the first place ;)

    Just teasing you :)

  • Wow, this is unbelievable, Yaro. :-)

    Yeah, I had similar feeling as everyone has. When I visited this blog yesterday, I found the readers were 17,000. So why it gets double just a night?

    But this is good news anyway…

  • Hey Yaro,
    Do you think I can borrow your feedburner chicklet for a couple of days? lol

  • Technically savvy audiences may come to be suspicious of feedcounts, but the average person won’t care about details like this. They’ll just see the big number and want to join in on the fun.

  • Hi Yaro, the same thing happened to me when I switched to using my feedburner feed in Aweber. The first day things were normal, the second day, the Aweber numbers were doubled, but the third day, things were back to normal, and they have been normal ever since.

    P.S. I’m not showing my chicklet on my blog now until I reach 1,000 subscribers. :)

  • Yaro,

    this Blog is excellent, I run a Blogging program for Work for the Dole in Melbourne, and many participants really value knowing about the profit side of Blogging which no matter what is leading what encouraging Blogging in its purist form of … Blogging.

    Your Blog is fascinating from this perspective.

    Thanks
    Rupert

  • Yaro:

    You can admit…you were pretty excited when you saw the 34k + subscribors! What a let down to only have 22k. Maybe you should think about a day job!

  • Meg

    I was just looking at the feedburner subscription trends on my list and had to pop in to see how you managed to double your subs in two days! Thanks for the explanation – heh enjoy it while it lasts ;)

  • Does this mean the Feedcount chicklet will lose its position as the standard measure of blog status, just like PageRank has?

    I agree with you answer to that. The main reason being a good majority of bloggers don’t run successful mailing lists. Those who do run big lists normally aren’t big bloggers, with the exception of you and very few others ;)

    I do believe it decreases the value some of us will put on RSS numbers, not nearly as much as PR though.

    I wonder if if FeedBurner will start counting GerResponse subscribers or if they already do?

  • Ah, mystery solved. Like you, I am also curious how bloggers with large lists will start using these numbers. We could start hearing about some blogs that are not typically on our radar.

  • Take a screenshot! No one would ever know if you didn’t post about it here :) shhh

  • Impressive numbers and helpful material. I wasn’t sure if you were saying the wordpress settings weren’t right or you feed service settings needed adjusting. Anyway, good post. Thanks.

  • brian

    WHen is your ugly design going to be replaced. I would say that the lack of decent posts and horrible design is what made me stop subscribing your RSS feed.

  • Bravo, Yaro!

  • This is interesting I didn’t know you could do this. I think it makes starting an email list with aweber even more appealing!

  • Good stuff Yaro, I knew that 6k subscribers were a big underestimation of your audience.

  • Do you know if there is a way to convert Constant Contact email lists in to your feedburner subscriber list?

    Thanks for the good stuff.

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