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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

So I signed up for the Google Analytics for my blog, because I love stats and charts and such, but don't know enough to figure out whether I want to sign up to the Feedburn bit.

I looked at their site, but am still a little unsure of what extra value they would provide over the regular old emails going out from TP to my subscribers.

Can somebody shed some light?

(As Homer Simpson said, "what advantages does this have over a train, which I could also easily afford?")

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Email subscriptions would still be handled in the same way they always have been.

What it affects is the people who subscribe to your blog by your blog's feed. Until now there has been no way to track how many people are subscribed that way (I for one always subscribe to feeds). Feedburner does a great job of tracking such statistics. The only consideration you should have when subscribing is that you can't really wind back the change without disrupting people's subscriptions. Once you point it to Feedburner, people will start subscribing to that new URL and if you ever change back (or to another feed service) - there's no way of pointing them to that new feed. It's only a minor consideration though - Feedburner is really a market leader in this area and not about to go anywhere after being taken over by Google.

So, if you want to set one up, just follow the steps that Sam has outlined in our blog.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Hey Greg,

One doesn't cancel out the other. So, your email subscribers would still remain in place as they are today. What feedburner lets you do is track how many people are subscribed to your blog feed, rather than just how many are getting your emails. So essentially it's a stats program for your blog subscribers via the xml feed :)

If you have a look at my subscribe page for example and click on the 'suscribe to Sam I Am's blog' link, you'll see that my feed is being routed through feedburner. If you then actually subscribe to it there, feedburner will tell me I have one extra subscriber and what program they use to view my blog feed (I won't be able to see any personal details like name or email address, which is one reason some people prefer subscribing via feeds instead of email). So now I'll have a much clearer picture of exactly how many people are following my blog posts (it's 2 and I think one is me - even my own mother isn't subscribed :( )

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

What the heck, I signed up for it. You can never have enough stats!

So, I followed the steps, and it says I have 0 subscribers. Does it take a while to pick up the original subscriber feeds, or am I just a bigger loser than Sam?

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

or am I just a bigger loser than Sam?

Thanks Greg! :)

I think it takes some time to populate. I'll subscribe to yours now, so if in 5 minutes nothing is showing, it's still collecting the data!

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Yeah, still collecting I guess. I would assume that if nothing else, my facebook account should show up as a subscriber, right? It's getting the feed to populate my NOTES section there.

Greg

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Yeah, still collecting I guess. I would assume that if nothing else, my facebook account should show up as a subscriber, right? It's getting the feed to populate my NOTES section there. Greg

Okay, found some bugs while trying to subscribe to your feed. Should be fixed now though! In feedburner, there's also a Live Hits link when you are viewing a feed and that should show you who is accessing your feed. You'll probably see my Norway entries in there... This is where you'd be able to see Facebook, but I don't think they'd count as an actual subscriber! But you have at least one now that I've fixed that bug :)

Now that you mention Facebook, did you notice that your notes are now being imported in their full format?! Your Austin entry shows up with all the photos etc. and it looks much nicer that way! I did a test run with the maps and videos in an entry, but Facebook seems to strip those out before displaying them, so those wouldn't show there. Bummer

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Greg, I don't know about you, but upon checking my feedburner stats a day later it seems indeed that there is a time delay. I've got the whopping number of 12 subscribers, which is approximately 12 times the number of subscribers by email :) The blog.travellerspoint one even has 30! Wow, pretty cool stuff - guess I now really need to start blogging

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

They show 8 subscribers via feeds, but I've had 25 hits in the last 6 1/2 hours, which is interesting. Who knew?

I did notice the facebook entries. I got the last 5 sent back down again yesterday, with full text and pictures. Pretty cool.

Also playing around with the Google Analytics today. One of the top searchs that brought people to my blog was apparently Amsterdam XXX, which refers them to the What XXX Means in Amsterdam entry. Though, strangely, those people only spend an average of 10 seconds on the site. Hmmm, perhaps they were looking for something else. :)

Edited to add: Gawd, I am SUCH a nerd. Taking math and computer science in school, and then moving into marketing, I'm so obsessed by these stupid numbers. I really need to get out more...

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 5, 2007, at 6:35 AM by GregW ]

10. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

One of the top searchs that brought people to my blog was apparently Amsterdam XXX, which refers them to the What XXX Means in Amsterdam entry. Though, strangely, those people only spend an average of 10 seconds on the site. Hmmm, perhaps they were looking for something else. :)

Haha, too funny! You actually rank 5th for that in Google; well done!! It sometimes surprises you what kind of weird things a page will rank for and how many people search for that weird term LOL