So here's the thing: I really like having RSS feeds. I have one for ubersoft.net, one for eviscerati.org, and no less than three on unexploredhorizons.net. There are really only two problems with them: first, since I don't put ads in my feeds, I don't get any money off them. Second, there aren't many tools out there to allow me to determine how many RSS subscribers I have.
The first problem is a non-issue: I don't plan on including ads in my RSS feed because it makes me feel vaguely dirty. The second is of interest to me, though, because I suspect at this point I have more readers who subscribe to my RSS feed than actually visit my site. It makes perfect sense, considering the extreme irregularity of my update schedule of late... and based on some non-specific data I have from my logs, my hunch appears to be supported.
But I don't actually know. So I have a question for all the web/server gurus out there: how can I get reliable statistics on how many people have subscribed to my RSS feeds?
Also, if you are subscribing to my feeds, please feel free to:
- Post here (anonymously if you wish).
- Tell me how long you've been subscribed.
- Request any changes/improvements/new features to the feed itself.
Keep in mind that making the request is not a guarantee that I will actually act on the request. Still, if you don't ask...