How To Find The Actual / Real Feedburner Subscriber Count Of A Blog

Feedcount is one of the ways of analyzing how popular, a blog or a site is. You can get a free account from http://feedburner.google.com/ and use the tools within to analyze various statistics related to your feed subscribers, from which articles they read / prefer reading to what tools they use to subscribe to your blog – whether through emails or if they use any other feed subscribe services.

Feedburner also gives you tools, to show to the world, the number of visitors who have subscribed to your blog. This Feedcount can also act as a bench mark to advertisers, as advertisers can analyze how popular the site is, depending on the number of subscribers.

But, some bloggers, outrageously lie about their feed count and showcase wrong numbers. This is very easy to implement if you know basic HTML editing. This post will whip all those, unethical bloggers as you can find out the acutal subscriber count using this technique.

First get the feed URL of the blog or site. The feed URL will look like:

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/techbuzzin

Now add ~fc/ to the above URL after .com, so the URL becomes something like :

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~fc/techbuzzin

This will show you the real RSS subscriber count for any blog.

However, this will be available only if the author of the blog has enabled the chicklet display service if not you’ll get a message saying :

FeedCount is not enabled for that feed
Error 403

Microsofts Open Source CMS Oxite Released

Microsoft set its foot in the open source CMS category with the release of their latest product, Oxite. Using oxite, one can build anything from a blog to a full blown up website.

It’s a feature rich platform which users can make use of to build what they desire. It includes some of the most common and much needed features like comment moderation, anonymous or authenticated commenting, RSS feeds, gravatar support, trackbacks, pingbacks, SEO optimized clean URLs, group blogging, multiple blogs and you can also avail support for custom pages

One of the main reason for WordPress to be a huge success is the fact that it’s built on php, which is readily and freely available on cheap linux servers and the availability of two click installation with the aid of fantastico makes it even more easier for non-tech savvy users to set a wordpress blog and get their site going. Also, the community which supports WordPress is huge and you almost have answer for any problem that you might encounter. This coupled with the never ending – ever growing plugin database provides enough and more features for a regular user to settle with wordpress.

A glance at oxite, you’ll quickly realize that it is no where close to wordpress or even thinking about being a competition with wordpress. WordPress is more user friendly, where as oxite is being built with developers in mind. The package becomes too complex for consumers if they’d want to implement one for their sites. And almost impossible for those with less or no technical knowledge.

One thing common in wordpress and oxite is, both support MetaWebLog API, which makes it easier for end users to publish content via Windows Live Writer and other existing blog clients.

Why is Feedburner Subscriber Count Important ? How Can I Increase My Feedburner Subscriber Count? Does Blog Design Play An Important Role In Subscriber Count ?

Why does anyone care about Feedburner Subscriber Count ?
For some bloggers, it is a way to ‘show off’ their authority and let others (competitors mostly 😉 ) in the blogosphere know how many readers like/liked their blog. For some, it’s another way of generating traffic, repeat visitors are very valuable!

How Long Does It Take For Me To Get 50 – 100 subscribers to my Feedburner ?
Frankly, this depends on your capabilities and how dedicatedly you blog. If you write great content and if you do it often, readers will be interested to read more articles from you and will subscribe, done by habit.
It also widely depends on your target audience and niche you deal in. If the niche you are dealing in has a lot of audience, then expect more subscribers.

I’ve seen a lot of feedburner subscriber count contest ? How do bloggers manage to get so many subscribers so quick ! ?
There are a few bloggers who have built their reputation in the industry over a period of time and it is easy for such bloggers to win such contests as they have hoards of traffic coming in.

Some bloggers take time and request fellow bloggers and friends to spread the word, use different marketing tactics like giving away a surprise gift to new subscribers during the contest period and such, and try and win the contests.

But there are a few smart souls who know how to fake their feedburner subscriber count.

For those who believe in hard work and taking the real route, read this article to learn how to attract more rss subscribers for real.

Does A Blogs’ Design Really Play An Important Role In Getting Me More Subscribers ?

One important aspect what bloggers seldom forget is that their blogs’ design plays an important role in getting them more subscribers. You need to strategically place your RSS subscription form/Feed button in the right place where it gets maximum exposure, ‘the profitable triangle’ in marketing terms. When they don’t find ‘IT’ how do you expect them to subscribe? Now this doesn’t mean that throw it right at your readers face, that’s the reason I mentioned Strategically Placed !

Most new bloggers want to make money right from the word go. But season bloggers first build a strong base of readers and then monetize their blogs. And building RSS readership should be high on ‘The must do’ list of any blogger who dreams to grow big.

If you are a new blogger and do not have a professional design for your blog yet, Mayank of Blog Design Studio is running a blog design contest, where you have a chance to win yourself a custom design by Mayank and team. Earlier I mentioned how bloggers try to spread the word across, and you can see Mayank has organized for some amazing prizes by Daily Blog Tips and Blogging Tips as well.

PS : I hope to win this contest, my blog badly needs a makeover 😀 … (Mayank if you are reading 😉 .. )