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FeedBurner Stats PRO–It’s a great value and valuable!

FeedBurner chartIt’s been over a week since I turned FeedBurner’s Stats PRO on for View from the Isle’s feed.  The chart at the right shows the data for the post about trying Stats PRO on View from the Isle.  So, what do I think?  Well, it isn’t perfect, but it is a keeper and worth the $5/mo.  Since without it you can’t tell what content is most popular from your feed only gross circulation numbers, this add-on is required.  Oh course you don’t really get your maximum value unless you are at the maximum feeds per cost unit.  So I’m tracking three feeds for $5, which is better than 1 feed for $5.
 
There are limitations to this data set.  It doesn’t, it can’t, include direct links to your post from other sites.  It only tracks that pass through the feed (like Technorati).  So you still need your Blogware or TypePad stats as well.  Also you’ll notice the steep drop-off in this article’s data.  I’ve found this pattern repeated for all my other articles, but if I look at my Blogware stats there is a stronger baseline persistence.  This is the direct link gap.
 
Which brings me to my concluding point.  There is a real market here for holistic blog stats.  Something that really pulls these two data sets together.  Frankly, I think leaders like TypePad and Blogware should be licensing the API and providing this service to their subscribers.  I’d really like to only have one place to check stats every day.
 
FeedBurner Stats PRO.  I like it, I’m going to pay for it, but it has room to grow.  There needs to be some better connectors to my blog’s data and a little more detail in the link data.  Still it is a nice improvement.
 

Tris Hussey is a professional blogger and blog consultant, the Chief Blogging Officer for Qumana Software, and Managing Director of Qumana Services.  He can be reached at tris AT qumana DOT com or tris AT trishussey DOT com.
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What If No One Answered The Call?

Last week I published a post on moving the discussion to conversion. Thinking about that post and associated comments a bit earlier, a related thought crossed my mind – What is no one answered your call to action?

What if no one ever bought, no one ever registered, no one ever clicked? What if all you ever got from your blogging was the satisfaction of knowing an audience of readers thought your blog was interesting – interesting enough to read and comment occasionally, but not interesting enough to heed your call to action.

Would you still post? Why?

More thoughts on defining blog (but much more intelligently put!)

It seems my “I goofed” post, or rather my attempt to explain the difference between a web site and a blog has got some folks thinking. Taughnee at endeavor creative (do you have any idea how hard it is for a Canadian to spell endeavor? I spell in endeavOUr every time!) has a very interesting, totally relevant story to share. It’s a fun read too.

EDIT: URI is fixed.

Blog Saturation? Is it still bleeding edge?

At work we do a bit of blogging. My boss still doesn’t really grasp the concept of what a blog is, but now he wants to host blogs for a niche group. The problem is, he doesn’t think anyone knows what a blog is and doesn’t want to use the word “blog” in the title. Perhaps in the tagline.

It seems to me “blog” is reaching saturation. It was the word of the year last year and there are just to many people blogging for people not to know. But the real question I guess is really do they know that the word “blog” is what kind of sites they’ve been seeing a lot of lately. With the popularity of MSN Spaces, Blogger.com, Typepad and others, is the word “blog” that important in letting people know that’s what we are offering?

In the next few weeks we’ll be rolling it out and I was just wondering how important the word “blog” is to the branding of “blog hosting” and describing what it is.

Blog Tip: Update old posts

The following blog tip has been submitted by Jon Gales – the editor of the wonderful MobileTracker blog. Learn more about Jon from this interview we did with him earlier in the year.

For sites that deal with products or time sensitive information, it’s a great idea to go back and edit older posts to reflect new information.

For example, you may post when a product is announced and again when it ships. Search engine visitors might come to your first post in droves (perhaps it was linked to quite a bit), even after the product has shipped. Adding a small note that the product is now shipping, along with a link to your newest post is a great way to both increase page views and increase the satisfaction of your visitors.

Real life exampleSamsung P207

What Kind of ProBlogger Are You?

I recently wrote an article, Solo Blogging vs Network Blogging, which is a follow-up to the quiz: Are You A Solo Blogger Or A Network Blogger?

In the quiz, I identified four main problogger categories:

  • Solo Bloggers – Those who set up their own blog/s and try to earn money this way.
  • Network Bloggers – Those who are ‘hired’ by (or joined) a blogging network or two.
  • Bi-Bloggers (I know, the name sounds a bit strange, but, ah well…) – Those who set up their own blog and join a blogging network or two.
  • Trailblazing Bloggers – Those who may either set up their own blog, blog for a network and/or run their own blogging networks.

My own blogging history shows that I began as a solo blogger. Then, I started blogging and writing for the “megablog” (Darren’s words, not mine) , About.com. (Hence, I became a bi-blogger.) And recently, I started my own network.

What about you? What kind of problogger are you?

Link blogs and RSS feeds

Over the last few days, besides going to the sensational State of Origin match last night, I’ve been playing with a new (for me) blog tool. Using del.icio.us and RSS Digest, I have set up feeds off my blog where I can show the headings of articles and blog posts I read and think others might like to read.
This was all pretty simple to do, and free (though RSS Digest is donorware – and a great service), but will it prove to be any use to anyone but me?
Linkblogs are, of course, a good way to keep track of your own reading and work as an external brain (as the jargon du jour goes) and adding an RSS feed is just an easy extra step.
What do you think about this sort of stuff – does it add to blogs or just clutter up the sidebar?

The difference between a website and a blog

This is not directly related to problogging as such, but it’s an insight we can probably all relate to. This is cross posted from The Blog Studio, making this an act of shameless self promotion. But its too good not to share, so I’m going against my better (sober) judgement and posting it here too. Sorry Darren, I hope you’ll forgive me!

I get this question all the time: “what’s the difference between a web site and a blog?”

What it comes down to is this:

A company has a website. That website talks to customers.

A person has a blog. That blog talks to people.

It’s a matter of attitude, not of technology.

Yes, this is a gross oversimplification. But it gets right to the heart of the matter.

Are You Prepared For A Good Thing?

I doubt anything I post will ever be picked-up by Slashdot, but I have hopes of being Slashdotted someday. I imagine it’s like a number of great things in life – watch what you ask for, you may get it. Having a traffic jump on the magnitude a big blog like Slashdot can drive your way sounds nice, but you likely need a plan to make sure you and your host doesn’t bend to the point of breaking.

Duncan was Slashdotted not long ago and here’s the lessons learned from the experience.

A few lessons, if a blog gets slashdotted its wise to turn OFF comment moderation straight away if you have it on, you wont be able to keep up. more…

Are there more lessons to learn? Any tips for those of us fortunate enough to have a fire hose of traffic pointed in our direction?