Wednesday, 22 September 2010

RSS versus front page...

A one-day snapshot of how SiteMeter distorts reader numbers where a large proportion come by RSS.

Sitemeter: Monday, 20 September, 201 visits, 409 page views.
Feedburner: Monday, 20 September, 10,435 views, 130 clicks.

One day's RSS traffic beats what I'll get all month via front page traffic. It's an abnormal day, sure: one post hit the shared feed for a few folks with a lot of subscribers: more than 9000 views for that item. And some folks think RSS is dead....


  1. RSS views are also very inflated though. All the people who just scroll through their google reader and just stop at whatever catches their attention will count as a view.