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February 08, 2005


George Hotelling

Most shared RSS readers (Bloglines, LiveJournal, etc.) put in the User Agent header how many readers a feed has. If you have FeedBurner scrape your feed and redirect RSS readers there, it lets you see how many readers a feed has based on those numbers. It's only an estimate though because some sites like Kinja don't report those numbers.


I'm going to try my hand at shorter posts that riff off of other people's thoughts--like, well, all the other bloggers.

No, Chris! No!! Don't give in to the Dark Side, Chris!


I agree with fling93, don't succumb to the temptation of easy posting. Resist and post something of substance when you have something of substance. That's why I visit your site, for the longerish, less-frequent posts with more thought invested in them. Links to other blogs / articles are a dime a dozen. Though it may not generate more page views, good, thoughtful writing that tells a story will create more value for your readers and more repeat visitors who are more likely to buy your book.

Nick Douglas

In each post, ask questions. Then your readers will surf over to comment. Not only does this increase clickthroughs, but it also develops a healthy community of more active readers.

Dee Rambeau

Don't do it Chris...noooooo! Quality, not quantity. As Mike D of the Beasties said in your own magazine, "We make sample-based music ourselves, so who would we be to tell people they can't sample us? It doesn't mean I'm a fan of whatever song my sample is being used in, but it's not important whether I like their music. It's not like the person who's making a song that's taking our vocal sample is making it for me. They're taking it to make something new and different."

Don't be a sampler just to be a sampler. We want to hear something fresh from you!


My Yahoo! reports back active users (defined as active in the past 30 days) when it fetches your rss feed...


Add a unique image to each post and you can track that way (for RSS clients that display images).

gifts for her

It’s an interesting method oto make use of Google Analytics for keyword research, which is very practicable.Long tail keywords are always formed around some core two-word phrase that is more competitive. With other words combined at such phrases, we would know which long tails are more popular.Also, the source of traffic with those phrases are important. We may be able to tweak the phrase a bit to get more targeted traffic too. For instance, if they are from a blog and the name we’ve chosen for ourselves (in form of a keyphrase), we will be able to change it next time!

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