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RSS statistics

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:30 pm
by Carl @ ATS

Since I'm relatively new to Serendipity, I'm not familiar with all the plug-ins yet. I've added RSS functionality to my blog so people can subscribe to it, which seems to work nicely in Mozilla, IE and Opera. I was wondering if there is a way of seeing how many people are actually signing up, though. How can I tell how popular the blog is, or rather (perhaps more realistically!), whether anyone at all has subscribed to it and is regularly reading my posts! :lol:

It might sound funny, but I have no idea about my readership yet, even though the blog has been up and running since May. :shock: According to my web logs, the blog seems to be getting loads of visits from servers around the world, many of which are apparently from Russia for some reason (maybe from potential spammers), but nobody's been commenting on posts apart from spammers, who I seem to have blocked now using s9y's anti-spam plug-in.

So in short, is there a way of configuring the plug-ins to get some basic, anonymous user statistics for the blog? Is there a particular plug-in I still need to install? If not, is this kind of functionality going to be added in the near future?



Re: RSS statistics

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:39 pm
by onli
Unfortunately, the way to do t hat was using feedburner, which google shut down. I'm not aware of a plugin that achieves that in s9y itself, but well, i'm not into statistics myself.

What might work for you is using piwik. Here is a german article describing how to do that. The gist is adding a counter-image:

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Maybe something like that is an option for you. And you could ping bernd and ask whether he wants to incorporate rss-tracking into the piwik plugin he built:

Re: RSS statistics

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:21 pm
by Carl @ ATS
Thanks, Onli. I'll see what I can make of Bernd's article. And I'll see what else I can find on the subject in German and English, ideally information that's a bit easier to follow.

The web logs that my server creates show a lot of visits to the blog - my statistics have rocketed since I set the blog up - but many of these seem to be visits by robots and data harvesters. It's very strange seeing all the visits in the list, yet no-one has been writing comments apart from the initial blog spammers. So the stats I've been getting don't reflect the number of genuinely interested visitors there are. That's why I was hoping to find another way of sifting the wheat from the chaff.

Thanks again.


Re: RSS statistics

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:09 pm
by onli
Counting RSS-Subscriptions are a very good way to do that.

But note that what you observer is probably normal. The ratio of visitors to commenters is something like 100:1, or lower. Depending on the topic and the type of the readership of course, and not counting bots.

PS: Bernd is not the one who wrote that blog article, sorry if I wasn't clear about that.