WordPress offers feed stats

If you blog with WordPress you've noticed a new report that breaks out the number of readers viewing your news feed. I like this report for a couple reasons: it demonstrates that my blog is reaching far more people than actually visit the site (they subscribe to my RSS feed in their aggregator and read the posts there) and it shows what kind of feed readers people are using.

Here's the feed traffic count. . . . last 30 days

. . . and here's the breakdown:feed readers

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2 Responses to WordPress offers feed stats

  1. Shirley says:

    This is interesting, and I have a few questions.
    Are you saying that the feed readers are not counted as a hit?
    Why do the numbers change so drastically from day to day?
    Why does the feed reader break down change throughout the day?

    I’d love to hear these answers. Thank you.

    Blessings,

    Shirley

  2. Paul says:

    Hi Shirley.
    As I understand it. WordPress has until recently counted only the number of times people actually visit a blog site. Now they have added the ability to track the number of people who pick up the RSS feed in their agtregator (the RSS that is automatically produced and updated each time I post something new). This service is still in beta. It’s the kind of thing Technorati and FeedBurner have offered for some time. I can’t account for the variation in numbers from day to day, except to say that traffric generally slows on weekends. I’m not sure what you mean by the last question. I think the feed count shows the peak number for each day.

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