It’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.