Well, the developers behind WordPress.com have adjusted things and Google Reader and Google’s Personalized Homepages are now included in the WordPress.com blog feed stats, listed as Google Feedfetcher.
This certainly changes things. A lot.
As I discussed yesterday, feed statistics spiked all over the web as Google changed how their feeds were reported and discovered and Feedburner started reporting Google stats. For the most part, people were thrilled and a little stunned, but everyone realized that things would settle down. It was nothing to get too excited about.
However, as I also mentioned yesterday, ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse noted that Bloglines wasn’t as much a contender in the feed reader wars as was believed, since they have been widely reported as being the favored blog feed reader.
Stand back, folks. Today’s stats on this blog are telling a totally new story.
According to this blog’s feed stats, this blog went from an average of 700 feed readers accessing the blog a day to over 1600. Yes, this number might settle down, but it is a huge spike.
Feed stats on WordPress.com blogs are monitored through the built-in feeds that WordPress.com offers.
I’ve also signed up this blog with Feedburner and those stats have nearly doubled in the past couple days. Between these two feed counters, do I have an accurate number on my blog’s feed stastics? Not really, but it’s a good estimate. I’ll have to study and watch these two sets of numbers a little more to determine how to judge them.
As for the most popular feed readers accessing this blog? Bloglines is not in sight anywhere…yet.
The top feed readers for today are:
- Google Feedfetcher – 67.7%
- Netvibes – 11.4%
- Web Browsers (misc) – 10.6%
- Other: 7.9%
- NetNewsWire – 0.6%
Rounding off the rest of the list of feed readers are BlogBridge, RSSOwl, JetBrains Omea, Lifera, FeedDemon, Apple Syndication, SharpReader, RSSBandit – all feed readers I mostly haven’t heard of.
Where is Bloglines?
I’ll keep monitoring this over the next few weeks to see how things level off and if Bloglines users are still watching my blog through their feed readers.
Are you getting similar statistics on your feed stats? What about those not on WordPress.com? What are you seeing?
This is still early days, folks, but it is definitely fun to watch how the race goes.
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