Feedburner is a great system to track your R.S.S Subscribers. It shows statistics, hits, email subscriptions, and offers more customization than many of their competitors. (Being Google owned also offers a distinct advantage for new projects )
Anyway, The point of this post is not to tell the readers how good this service is, rather to discuss the issues that a blogger can face when displaying their R.S.S feed subscribers. Lets break it down in terms of Pros and Cons:
- Great way to show readers that people are reading your content.
- Shows first time visitors that this blog has good enough content to attract X amount of subscribers.
- Could influence a new visitor to subscribe to your feed as people usually like to follow the numbers rather than initially start a trend.
- Makes you not have to sign into your feedburner account to see how many subscribers you have
- If the numbers are small, you could deter subscribers from subscribing to your feed because of the point outlined above (people like to follow a trend rather than start one)
- What is the magic number to influence a first time visitor to subscribe? (Eg – Hundreds? or Thousands?)
I know I have posted about this previously, but when you keep seeing your rss subscriptions increasing, this question plays tricks with your mind
What are your thoughts about Feedburner Feedcount? Will you display it once a certain number of subscribers have subscribed to your feed? Or avoid the problem entirely, and not consider it.