The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 August 2005

Read vs. feed

Statistics from my Web host indicate that my XML and RSS feeds are being pulled somewhere upwards of 500 times a day. (Yesterday there were 676; the day before, 615; for the first 25 days of this month, a total of 20,796, which averages out to about 832 a day.) These are readers (maybe; I suspect many are robots of some sort) that aren't being counted by my usual counter: Site Meter doesn't easily lend itself to incorporation into a feed, and I don't want to clutter up the feeds with a lot of counter code anyway.

I guess what I'm asking is "Does this matter?" It's not like I'm hurting for traffic these days, but I'd definitely like a better handle on these numbers beyond mere raw cumulative data.

Posted at 3:10 PM to Blogorrhea


I face similar challenges. What I am finding is that spiders and robots are hungry for XML feeds and you often find that they suck up more bandwidth than hundreds of human readers. I am hoping though that eventually such robots will improve search results and we get more visitors to my blog.

Posted by: skumora at 8:37 AM on 27 August 2005

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Posted by: Josh Dinser at 3:18 PM on 27 August 2005