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Question to Feedburner

I’m sure this will result in my subscriber numbers going down further, but:

Every time I don’t post for a week I lose 20% of my subscribers.

Are my subscribers so fickle? Do the numbers get inflated when I do publish? Is this some side effect of aggregator cacheing? Is this a bug?

Just wondering.



    Shannon Whitley wrote @ July 17th, 2006 at 11:46 am

Interesting. You’ve been too busy to write and, if your other subscribers are like me, we’ve been too busy to read. Perhaps Feedburner needs to finetune the length of time between reads before I’m not counted as a subscriber. I’m still subscribed, I swear.

    Robert W. Anderson wrote @ July 17th, 2006 at 6:59 pm

I often slack on my reading too, but nearly every day I do run my aggregator. I figure that is what most people do during the work week. You too, right? Such people should count as readers even if they don’t actually read my posts and regardless of whether there are new posts, no?

    Jim Benson wrote @ July 20th, 2006 at 8:05 am

I’ve pondered this as well.

What I believe happens is some aggregators, like Bloglines, feed the act of clicking on your blog back to Feedburner. However, bloglines themselves already tells people whether or not there is new content.

So if Bloglines tells me Robert is mum, I won’t click in. But if they tell me he’s shooting his mouth off, I’m clicking away eager to hear to what he has to say.

This has a benefit of noting for you your actual (sort of) daily readership. I figure, with some aggregators being manual or on-demand downloading, my Feedburner numbers represent about 60 to 75% of the actual number of people with my blog in their aggregator.

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