Whenever I see a new comment or a MyBlogLog visitor on my blog, the very first thing I do is to check out his/her blog. After quickly scanning through a couple of posts there, I head for some nosey activities like checking this blog’s popularity in terms of traffic ranks, feed subscriber count etc. Further I would definitely subscribe to the RSS feed, right then, if the blog is interesting.
Talking about feeds, there are a number of bloggers out there who opt for not displaying their feed count or FeedBurner chicklets for whatever reasons. However, there are a number of ways to see their feed count via some free tools and tricks. I would explain three such methods here that can be used to get others’ FeedBurner based feed statistics.
Method #1: If somebody has enabled their FeedCount but not displaying the same on their blog you can use the following URL to access the count.
For example, my blog’s feed count – if I was not displaying it publicly – is accessed via the URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/dollarshower
Method #2: FeedCompare is an excellent service built around the FeedBurner Awareness API that can be used to compare the feed traffic of up to four sites at a time. All that you need to enter there is the feed name as per the FeedBurner account and this service provides you comparison charts for the past 1, 3, 6, 12 or 24 months (See the chart below). Moving the cursor on the chart will also give you the feed traffic count for a particular day.
Method #3: BlogPerfume had launched a feed analysis tool last year which is pretty useful to analyze the feed traffic. This tool takes your FeedBurner feed name as an input and provides charts such as monthly traffic, weekly traffic breakup across weekdays, weekends etc.
Feed Analysis also incorporates a predictive mechanism that tells you how many feed subscribers you will add in another 3 months, 6 months or one year if the subscription rate goes at this rate. But this is not something that you need to bother too much about, though it is a major confidence booster (It says that D$ will have 137,578 RSS subscribers in another one year). But I really like their weekly analysis that shows the best day and worst day of the week in terms of feed traffic – A very good indication for you as when to publish your best post of the week!
Please note that any of the above methods would work only if the FeedBurner account, that you are checking, has enabled either FeedCount or AwarenessAPI in the Publicize section. Well, that is another tip for those who want to block the world from accessing own feed statistics!