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By: Plus6

Tue, 26 Jun 2007 13:31:06 +0000

I think the Feedburner number fluctuates so heavily because it represents the number of people who visited your site via RSS the previous day. So if someone has your site in their RSS reader but does not login to the reader that day (ie Saturdays/Sundays) then you will see a dropoff. This is what John Chow states in his eBook, Make Money Online, on page 25 where he is talking about not showing the RSS count when its small. Great site though...keep up the awesome content!

By: Jack Books

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 23:20:40 +0000

I wonder why you don't make a subcribe to my feed for the competition :) i think $100, free hosting, will attract so many bloggers to participate.

By: Kevin

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 21:38:03 +0000

thanks for the feedback guys - i really appreciate it :) i am trying to cover 'blogging about blogs' type topics here however as has been said, this kind of thing is covered a lot in other blogs already so i want to cover tech areas more because so few blogs are actually giving tips to people about the backend of blogging. Also, i have been getting a lot of emails from readers asking for help with their blogs and these questions are all tech, hosting and domain related. I do not want this blog to be for complete newbies but i do want to help them as well as write articles targeted towards bloggers who are a bit more clued up. It is hard finding the right balance sometimes :)

By: Ryan

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 07:39:57 +0000

"I have written a lot of hosting, design and coding posts in the last two weeks and perhaps this isn

By: GoddessCarlie

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 01:50:30 +0000

I still like your blog! I don't mind a techy focus however - because I want to learn things and I'm techy minded but self taught so there is alot I don't know or haven't been aware of. Also have been out of the loop for a while. I guess really the fluctuation could be anything. People come and go. If it continues to go down: worry. If not, well, just keep doing what you do. ;)

By: Brian Heys

Thu, 07 Jun 2007 01:21:33 +0000

I think you're probably right about your recent posts having a techy focus. I'm still subscribed to your feed, but I can imagine non-technical people who are more interested in blogging tips getting a little confused, or frustrated. I've done that before with other feeds I was subscribed to. They started to wander a bit, and after a couple of weeks, I got frustrated, and dropped them.

By: Celebrienne

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:34:58 +0000

Not finished yet. Got something to add. I think having subscribers up to a number of under 500 won't give you stable facts to reflect your subscriber base. My theory: the frequency of those fluctuations will decrease proportionally with the growth of your subsribers, because numbers will be more stable then. OK, now I'm finished :)

By: Celebrienne

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:25:30 +0000

I regularly have big drops in subscribers. I run a celebrities blog, so my explanation for these fluctuations may not apply to your blog, but they might give you some insight. Example: I write a post about a certain celebrity and include some brand new pictures of the celeb. A fan of the celebrity comes across my blog and links to my blog in her/his blog/forum/fansite. Hence, I get a lot of traffic from this site. These visitors are highly targeted (-> fans of celebrity A). They like the post and subscribe to my blog in hope to get more of celebrity A. But after a few days they unsubscribe again because they're not interested in celebrity B, C, D, etc. The same happens if you rank high with a specific keyword (or topic) on Google which might just be a sub-niche of your blog. Example: people who are looking for blog template tweaking tips will soon lose interest if there are 10 new posts about hosting and maintaining a blog. That's the reason I try to stick to a certain pattern of category/topic rotation on my blog, so every sub-niche interested reader/subscriber will get his/her desired topic covered. Wow, what a long comment. :)

By: Free Daily Inspirati

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:16:41 +0000

I have noticed my readers seems to be jumping about to. I hope you get this sorted out soon. Happy Blogging Tom LeDree

By: Kevin

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 17:52:52 +0000

thanks for the feedback guys. It really doesn't bother me if people just access the site directly or via a feedreader - i was just surprised to see such a drop in two days.

By: Jonathan-C. Phillips

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 16:20:00 +0000

Well my blog is fairly new (started in febuary) and I'm around 230 rss subscribers, i haven't experienced a drop like that, but I know it is very possible it will happen one day. I subscribed to your feed because I like the posts, the writing style, the topics and the overall feel of your blog, I'm still a subscriber, and will keep reading your blog. ;)

By: DJWeezy

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 15:15:14 +0000

i know that feedburner sometimes changes the algorithm it uses to calculate subscribes and this can cause some very large jumps.

By: shypys

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 14:33:09 +0000

I subscribed to your feed! So thats 220 readers now. Incidently, 220 is my lucky number! Haha just kidding. I have the same question as Jules, does adding directly via google reader affect the feedburner stats?

By: Tay

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 13:56:53 +0000

Hey, just wanted to let you know I've now subscribed :D

By: tsb

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 12:26:01 +0000

I unsibscribed because these monetizing-sites are becomming a dime a dozen, and I don't need a blog telling me how to do simple things that common sense and a quick glance in a README will tell you. As soon as I start seing many posts that state obvious things or rehash old things, I lose interest. I'll add you back, see what happens.. :)