homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.211.230.186
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member
Home / Forums Index / Code, Content, and Presentation / RSS, ATOM, and Related Technologies
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: bill & werty

RSS, ATOM, and Related Technologies Forum

    
Tracking RSS Syndication
so you have RSS enabled website.....
hanuman

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 1:39 am on May 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

so you have RSS enabled website how one goes on monitoring how many users gets their news feed from your RSS feed?

 

werty

WebmasterWorld Administrator 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 2:11 pm on May 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

This has always been a problem. The one solution I know of is feedburner, another would be to look at your logs, but this shows the various news aggregators that will hit your feed as well as a request each time they come around(sometimes every 20 minutes). You can log in to bloglines and see how many people subscribe to your feed on there, but that is only limited to blogline subscribers, which has a limited marketshare.

So the short answer: there is no easy way that I know of.

asp4bunnies

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 6:06 pm on May 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

If your feed content is really just a teaser to another page, you can offer your feed url as a special redirect url that contains a counter within it.

Alternatively, if you develop the feed in a scripting language like ASP or PHP, just embed a counter script within the ASP/PHP that outputs the RSS.

hanuman

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 12:19 am on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thank you asp4bunnies

i don't think this is the solution that will work for me. I am doing news syndication and the pages are available to public view even without access through RSS.

I have noticed that newsgotor leaves a browser id name the log file including the number of subscribers.

NewsGatorOnline/2.0 (http://www.newsgator.com; 19 subscribers)"

this would be nice if other services would practice the same...

weppos

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 5:49 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

> this would be nice if other services would practice the same...

At the moment, unfortunatly, the most part of newsreaders use a simple User Agent IE or Mozilla like.
This make log reading really hard.

I usually provide RSS content with php or asp script and, before sending the content to the client, I log all information I need, as asp4bunnies suggested before.

teaperson

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 5:55 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Bloglines and Yahoo leave the number of subscribers as well.

Feedburner, though, does a really good job of counting -- it checks user-agents and IP-addresses and tries to separate it all out.

On the other hand, sometimes you just have to let go and say: I put this out there on the web, and some people are reading it. Counting the exact number doesn't really make a difference.

breezeman

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 10:39 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think in time all standard log analizers will have the feature of counting your feed stats as rss becomes more popular.

kpaul

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 8:29 am on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

FeedBurner is a good service, imho. They have decent tracking capabilities for RSS feeds - they let you know what readers are reading it, what they're clicking on, etc. Plus, if you have high traffic, people hit their servers, not yours. On the negative side, if they go down, your feed goes down. I don't know of this happening yet, though.

teaperson

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 8:43 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

They claim to have had 99.9% uptime over the last few months.

Unless you're CNN, though, it's not as vital if your latest item on the RSS feed gets delayed by a few hours. It will just show up in the user's aggregator a few hours later. No lost sales.

hanuman

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 242 posted 12:12 am on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

[qoute]This has always been a problem.[/quote]

when there is a market need there is a place for a new product.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Code, Content, and Presentation / RSS, ATOM, and Related Technologies
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved