Comments: Echo Statistics - Where The Referers Are

Keep in mind, though, that you're syndicated here and there via RSS. Most of the bloggers I read I read almost completely via RSS, so it's doubtful that that will show up in the same sort of readable fashion as a straight page hit.

Some needs to figure out how to meter RSS, I think.

Posted by Graye at November 15, 2004 09:28 PM

Yes, of course. The RSS audience I'd call part of the "constant" audience, and I know that's around 300. Given that I run my own domain, instead of using a community service such as livejournal or blogspot, I can do very detailed log analysis. So I have direct access to the number of feed retrievals, for example, as well as the notes Bloglines puts in its referer string saying how many subscribers for a feed.

What I was doing here was specifically looking at the "spikes", the echoes. That is, how much audience I ever get beyond the core fans. It's relevant to know that the answer is "rarely" and "not a lot" (that may be depressing, but it doesn't change the numbers).

Note, again, the 300-reader estimate isn't perfect, it could be off by some margin. But it's not off by a factor of 10.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at November 15, 2004 11:14 PM