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  1. I’d like to have a rough idea. It doesn’t have to be accurate, but “close enough” woudl be good enough. I don’t need to know how they fluctuate on a daily basis.

    Mine has gone from in the 400s to over 6000. In the past week.


  2. I don’t think RSS numbers are relevant anymore. Bloggers should definitely getting rid of them for good.

    The problem is that many advertisers are seeing those number as a proof of quality and/or traffic of your site. For example BSA are adding RSS stats for each site on their marketplace.

    But if feedburner continue to be a pure joke like it is now, many people, including myself, will simply get rid of their – once very cool – chicklet.


  3. I don’t use it for the numbers. I use it for the easy way to put adsense ads in my RSS and the 30 people who follow via email. That’s it.

    When I want numbers, I look at my analytics results.


  4. I dropped Feedburner about 6 months ago and haven’t looked back. The service just isn’t that valuable to my users and the built in WordPress feeds work great. With that being said, I do think it is an important stat if you are trying to attract advertisers.


  5. I cancelled all my feedburner subscriptions.
    I use Google Reader now.
    I have access to Google anywhere in the world, maybe not in China.
    I have 118 subscriptions.
    Some of them are only sending posts once a month or two.
    I got 89 feeds this morning.
    I look at the sender then the subject/title, if it’s not interested then it goes to the MARK READ pile (without me reading it).

    EDIT: Now you moderate comments?


  6. I started using Feedburner because of the email subscription option. I still have it activated on some sites, but I’ve been moving my email subscriptions to the use of a Gravity Form which integrates with my MailChimp account where I have RSS subscriptions activated.

    Not as simple of a solution to setup, but allows me better analysis of subscriber activity and much nicer looking emails to them.

    Down side is no Adsense in these emails currently.


  7. I think that RSS subscribers matter less and less as services like Facebook are becoming not only a bigger traffic driver but a better way to syndicate content. After all, my mom reads uses Facebook but she will never understand how to set-up and maintain an RSS reader.

    Having said that, I still think that RSS subscription numbers can be an important metric when negotiating advertising prices, especially if you do a “sponsor” for your feed (not to be confused with using AdSense, meaning, you plug a company with a special post that also gets syndicated to your feed and in return they pay you an amount weekly or monthly). I think it can be a way to track engagement if your readers use Google Reader primarily, but again, I think Facebook is a much, much better tool on that front.

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