Pssst. RSS subscribers. I need a little feedback.

Submitted by C B Wright on

So here's the thing: I really like having RSS feeds. I have one for, one for, and no less than three on 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:

  1. Post here (anonymously if you wish).
  2. Tell me how long you've been subscribed.
  3. 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...


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I subscribe to the RSS feed

I subscribe to the RSS feed and have for a couple of years. I am quite pleased with how well it works.

Another Google Reader Subscriber

Interestingly, my reader page shows 52 subscribers to, presumably the SSL being the differentiator?

Also, I'd just like to point out that I, for one, really wouldn't mind ads in the RSS as I, as with many other users, I suspect, look at feeds in a way which means that I wouldn't even notice them. Were one to prove sufficiently interesting, I might even click it. But it'd be better to add ads there, in my opinion, than to change images in the feed to links back to this site.

Thanks again for the brilliant comic, brightening my day year upon year... :)