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Google Reader subscriber count

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday February 18, 2007 )

Always been curious as to how many people are subscribed to your blog/site feed? In the case of Google Reader subscriptions, you can now tell.

Google announced on Friday the addition of subscriber count details in the “User-Agent:” HTTP header. The counts include both Google Reader and the Google Personalized Homepage subscribers and Google will be extending the count to include some of their other services soon.

Here’s what to look for in your server logs (some stats programs may also report the figures)

User-Agent: Feedfetcher-Google; (+; 1421 subscribers; feed-id=XXXXXXXX)

Determining feed subscriber levels have always been somewhat of a bugbear for site and blog publishers, so it’s great to see Google adding this feature.

By the way, if you want to encourage more people to add your feed to My Google and other services; my article on RSS web feeds contains the info you’ll need. Those “add buttons” you see on many sites may play a greater role in search engine ranking in the future, so it’s not a bad idea to put a few buttons for the major services on your site.

Here’s the Taming the add button for Google:

Add to My Google

If you want to add the button for your site’s feed right now, right mouse button over the button and save it; and alter the link code to suit your feed’s location:


Personalized web search and SEO

RSS feeds – subscribing, creating, submitting a web feed

Studying server logs


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