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Travel Forums System Talk Feedburner...ERm???

1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Ok I notice a little thing in my profile about feedburner last week. So I signed up not knowing much about it. Other than having a row of them on my top tool bar that is:)

I thought the Idea was that when you signed up a little feedburner link/logo appears in your blog somewhere, and then if someone wanted to subscribe they'd click on it and then the feed would appear on their top toolbar?

Personally if I see the RSS logo in the URL window I just click and drag it too the toolbar underneath it. There the RSS sits and I can see them all quite well.

If I click on an RSS logo embedded in someones site it takes me to another site with 20 different options which I really can't be bothered my butt reading about, hence the click and drag thing.

So I signed up and have not noticed a little logo either on my blog? So either I screwed up again, or there never is meant to be one. . .

The feedburner people tell me I have subscribers, but then I get lost as they don't know where they are from. And then the hits on the blog seem to be completely different from those reported on Google analytics, so I am guessing I did not set it up right. I followed the instructions. I didn't do the placing code in the CSS for their stats options (maybe that's where I am wrong), as i didn't want to screw up the blog, or piss anyone off here by entering in another stat counter thing.

Anyway I am babbling so will head off. Sorry for the long question, but it's got me scratching why I bothered to sign up to feedburner

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 20, 2008, at 10:43 PM by outcast ]

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

EEK, ok my bad I just saw it was linked in the "Subscribe section"

So then I would be right in saying it's not actually meant to show up in the blog itself and just the subscribe area?

Well, at least i am getting better and solving these questions myself!

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6278 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Using Feedburner for your feeds actually doesn't change much of anything for your users. Your blog looks exactly the same - they could always subscribe, just not through Feedburner. Effectively, when you set up Feedburner, you are just letting them take care of the feed. The benefit is that they have systems built to keep track of how many people are reading your feed. That is really where the benefit is.

They also offer a button to show how many subscribers you have, but at the moment, there isn't a way to embed that on your blog. That really only serves as a way to show off to be honest - and I guess as an extra link to your feed.

Hope that helps clarify it :)

Oh, and on the Google Analytics discrepancy - basically, that is just due to how they track visits. Google Analytics is far better at weeding out traffic from search engine bots for starters; that alone would mean that their numbers will be lower (and more accurate). Another thing is that GA depends on Javascript to log traffic - as a result, if your visitor has JS disabled, they won't be logged. This is generally considered to be around 5% of traffic that is effectively not reported.

4. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply Peter, its all a lot clearer now. Being on the road the last few years have left me a little out of a lot of the IT aspects that have developed since then.

Much appreciated