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ClickTracking For Feed Subscriptions - Good Idea?
Want to Avoid Feedburner/t3h Googleb0rg
GabGoldenberg




msg:3788089
 5:35 pm on Nov 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm using a click-tracking script to count subscriber growth on my blog. Is that a good idea? My concern is that robots will upset the tracking and inflate my stats artificially. Also, I used to do this with an external script, clickaudit, but that showed extremely high growth; When I compared my traffic to the traffic of a friend with a similar subscriber base, she had multiple times more visitors, making me doubt the accuracy of my own stats.

Note: here's what my robots.txt reads, so you know:

User-Agent: *

Disallow: /feed/
Disallow: /feed
Disallow: /downloads/
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /wp-content/
Disallow: /wp-includes/
Disallow: /why-subscribe/
Disallow: /why-subscribe

Noindex: /feed/
Noindex: /feed
Noindex: /downloads/
Noindex: /wp-admin/
Noindex: /wp-content/
Noindex: /wp-includes/
Noindex: /why-subscribe/
Noindex: /why-subscribe

Nofollow: /feed/
Nofollow: /feed
Nofollow: /downloads/
Nofollow: /wp-admin/
Nofollow: /wp-content/
Nofollow: /wp-includes/
Nofollow: /why-subscribe/
Nofollow: /why-subscribe

Noarchive: /feed/
Noarchive: /feed
Noarchive: /downloads/
Noarchive: /wp-admin/
Noarchive: /wp-content/
Noarchive: /wp-includes/
Noarchive: /why-subscribe/
Noarchive: /why-subscribe

Thoughts? Tips?

[edited by: GabGoldenberg at 5:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 17, 2008]

 

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