Guestimating blog feed readers
I don't have any fancy way of finding out how many people read my RSS feed, but one way of getting a rough idea is by assuming that every reader downloads the feed every hour. From my web stats I can see how many times my rss feed has been downloaded in a month. So assume I had 100,000 hits on my rss feed in 30 days (720 hours):
100,000 / 720 ~= 138 readers
This is pretty rough but it gives me a better metric than 100,000 hits.
FeedBurner actually does a good job of solving this problem. But I want to keep my feed on my server for now.
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