|This article is not really related to designing or any of that sort. But I believe many of the readers here are also bloggers as well, so wish to share some information I found regarding FeedBurner.|
|I have temporary removed my FeedBurner chicklet at the sidebar yesterday because of a sudden drop in the number of subscribers. I will think the drop is reasonable if it is gradual over a period of time but instead, it was nearly 50%, within a day. Actually this was the third time such incident happening on 10Steps.SG and the exact figure will bounce back a few days after. Also, I realised some other blogs are experiencing the same problem as I do. But there is not much avenues for us to voice this to the FeedBurner team ( or Google? I am not sure now ). Both FeedBurner blog and forum are inactive in year 2008.|
|I Love FeedBurner Services Still
Their statistics allow me to review my own works and articles. And the removal of chicklet is just to prevent myself from being obsessed with an inaccurate stats temporary. Here are some possible explanations for the sudden drop I gathered from other bloggers in year 2009.
|Failure of Web RSS Reader
One of those big web RSS readers such as Google Reader, Bloglines or Netvibes suddenly stopped reporting the number of subscribers to FeedBurner. High chance the problem is from Google as their blog has explained on a similar issue back in Nov 2007.
|Problem caused by the integration of AdSense in Feeds
This is quoted from Jason Shellen, CEO and founder of Plinky and former Google / Blogger guy.
[â€¦] what â€œhappened behind the scenes is that the sales team can sells ads [in FeedBurner feeds] if it wants to, but with so many other products, managing feeds is fairly low on the list.â€ So supporting FeedBurner isnâ€™t getting the sort of resources â€” engineers, servers, etc. â€” that it needs because its not making enough money. Itâ€™s hard to think of what the other reasons might be; the original FeedBurner team is comprised of talented entrepreneurs who, on their own, built a product that was becoming ubiquitous on the web before Google came along. But after all, ads in feeds donâ€™t make much money [â€¦]
|Due to these problems, Google-FeedBurner will be facing a new challenger that had just launched 2 days ago, FeedBlitz. For more information, click here.|