After a long and faithful service we decided from Feedburner that it was time to look for a replacement. Especially as it’s been over a year since Google stopped updating and/or working on Feedburner and we’ve been seeing increasingly wide fluctuations in our subscriber numbers. We’ve been looking at replacement options for a wee while now and finally settled on what we felt was the best choice for us and our audience.
However, have you also had issues with your feed’s URL being indexed in Google at all? I am not sure why I didn’t catch this before but if you login to your FeedBurner account >> go to publicize >> then go the very last link on the bottom left titled: “No Index.” By default, “Indicate that your feed should not be indexed by search engines” is checked and therefore your Feed will not be indexed in any Search Engine.
One thing you should consider before changing this default option is whether your content is updated frequently enough so that you don’t trip any duplicate content filters (between your blog and your FeedBurner feed). You should also consider the number of items you display on your blog’s home page vs. your feed – this may also get you into some duplicate content issues if they are too alike. However if you post unique content and you post often, you shouldn’t have too much trouble.
Many bloggers around the industry noticed a slight drop in feed subscribers (as reported in FeedBurner) in the past week due to a Netvibes update. Now depending on your share of Netvibes subscribers, you could have been affected very little or quite heavily. We actually noticed an 18% decrease this past week but are happy to report that FeedBurner is once again reporting Netvibes subscribers.
Feed subscribers are a strong component in determining the overall performance and popularity of your blog. In 2007 we saw our overall subscriber number reach over 1800. Below are our all-time feed subscriber stats.
Historical Feed Subscriber Count
Feed Item Use
101,924 views of 262 items
32,043 clicks back to the site on 538 items
6,984 downloads of 58 enclosures
Feed Reader Distribution
|Windows RSS Platform||32|
|Firefox Live Bookmarks||27|
|Firefox Live Bookmarks (version 1)||18|
|Jakarta Commons Generic Client||11|
|Flock My News||7|
This past Saturday I noticed a major decrease in my feed subscriber count so I logged into FeedBurner to investigate a bit further and discovered that subscribers using Google reader were missing. I am sure this is temporary because I have seen similar things happen to both Bloglines and NetVibes in the past. After doing a quick check around the blogosphere I confirmed that I am not the only one hit with the missing Google reader count issue.
Below are some screenshots from account, I average approximately 1600 subscribers normally and on Saturday the number was down to 904.
A regular day’s feed reader distribution (including Google)
Notice that Google is missing…