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Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:09:13 +0000Yes, I do
Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:23:25 +0000Not as of yet, i dont feel it is a good look for a website to display their feed count until its at least at 500 or 1,000 it may make your website look ametaurish and unprofessional
Sat, 17 Mar 2007 05:32:42 +0000My blog is just three months old and I started displaying my RSS feeds when I had only 19 subscribers. Now I have 60, and I keep my RSS feed count up on my blog. Some of my loyal readers feel very happy for me when my RSS numbers go up and congratulate me with the increase. I prefer to have subscribers who find my blog's content valuable rather than joining for the sake of subscribing to a popular blog or getting a prize from me. Although, I do support blog promotion - the more people come to my blog, the more potential readers I will have. I myself subscribe to blogs whose content is interesting and valuable to me, and the RSS numbers don't affect my decision at all. Although, I do admit that I like when blogs display their RSS count - that number just shows me how many people have discovered them. There are a few blogs in my RSS reader that have less than 20 RSS subscribers, and I feel very proud for recognizing and uncovering these gems.
Fri, 16 Mar 2007 23:09:02 +0000Daniel, I was thinking about the stats counter from the late 90's also: "Could RSS feed counters will lose their value just like visit counters did?" Back then and even now, listing stats right on the home page in the form of "Number of people who visited this site since 1999: xxxx" where xxxx is the number of people who visited the site. Looking at that number, I guess people can simply look at the stats and decide. I think we can really look at the issue in the most basic questions: do we want our readers to know how popular our feeds are? Do we know how our users will react to the stats? It is the same as going to a local business in our area. If I walk into McDonald's and read a sign "Billions of burgers served", and later that day I walk into a restaurant run by a small family which proudly shows a sign on the door "35 customers served since November 2006", I think I will wonder about two question, the 2nd one being more important: 1 : Why have there only been only 35 customers since November, when it is March now? 2 : Why did the family choose to show such a number even though it is low? Of course, my first question is being heavily influenced because of comparing that family run restaurant to a giant like McDonald's. I personally think the decision comes down to the most basic question of all: Why do we think putting feed stats is a good idea? We are not obligated to put the stats, so maybe putting up stats can work as a marketing tool if we have a lot of subscriber, or it can work as something else, even a bad thing maybe, if the feed subscriber numbers are too low. If we can come up with a good reason to put up feed stats, I think we should go ahead and do it. It might not work on other sites, but it might work on ours.
Fri, 16 Mar 2007 16:11:53 +0000Offering prizes in exchange for subscription is definitely a good idea Mike. Keep us updated on the content and how it motivated people to subscribe.