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RSS Feeds Now Provided By FeedBurner

October 17th, 2008 by tamuwebmaster

The Webmaster blog RSS 2.0 feeds are now using FeedBurner to help us gather statistics on readership! We were not getting good statistics on how many people actually read this blog because most of our readers are savvy enough to be using RSS feed clients like Google Reader or Outlook. These clients do not register as a hit on the website, so we don’t get to track that information through standard Google Analytics.

With FeedBurner, all RSS 2.0 requests are now redirected to a FeedBurner URL that gathers statistics on readership and clickthroughs. We are using a WordPress plugin called Feedsmith to transparently change our existing subscribers over to the FeedBurner URL. That way we don’t disrupt our current readers during this change.

With this new information we will be able to set readership goals and publish more pertinent and appealing content. Content that receives a lot of attention will let us know what topics our readers are most interested in hearing abou from us.

Friday, October 17th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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5 Comments to RSS Feeds Now Provided By FeedBurner

  1. Now that you’re getting decent stats, can you switch to full content feeds? I’ve been known to skip articles from excerpt-only feeds if I don’t think it’ll be worth my time to click through the full article, wait for it to load, and find where I left off reading.

  2. Stephanie Leary on October 17th, 2008
  3. OK, done. Full contents are on.

    But there was your first problem, assuming everything we post isn’t worth your time. 😛

  4. Erick on October 17th, 2008
  5. Hehe. I do usually click through to this site. Others are not so favored!

    I know it sounds ridiculous to say that one extra click takes that much time, but with full content feeds I can go through 300 sites in ten minutes or so. At that rate, the ones that do excerpts in their feeds really slow me down.

  6. Stephanie Leary on October 17th, 2008
  7. Oh, and: Thanks!!

  8. Stephanie Leary on October 17th, 2008
  9. Hey Erick: Thanks for the full content feed 🙂

  10. Corinna on October 18th, 2008

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