27 December 2004

Search, Feedburner, 27-Dec-04 UTC 20:09:42

Error

Used content does not trigger a "hit".

Details

You may have content that people are looking at and copying, but have no indication the material is popular. For example, one of my blog entries was copied, but there is no "hit" in the popular section of Feedburner, despite known links in del.icio.us.

Theoretically, if someone visits a page to copy it, it should get a "hit" in the popularity section. It doesn't happen.

Feedburner provides stats on the number of hits you get to a specific blog or feed-entry. However, content known to be "hit" does not trigger a "hit count". You may have people reading your content and feed through "other links" like in Del.icio.us, but the register doesn't change in Feedburner.

Go to "Content Popularity (Item-Level Stats)", and look at the Rank and Clickthroughs.

Click-throughs: the exact number of individuals and bots which have requested a specific content item in your feed Ref
Analysis

Sample sizes of one require additional analysis. Moreover, the disconnect [between actual views and reported views] skews the analysis on what is popular, and what steps bloggers might take to tailor their content to a specific audience.

Remains to be seen what the scope of the "invalid hit reports" is and the degree to which content providers are using this incorrect information to generate advertising revenues.

At this point, I have doubts the "reported hits" are necessarily consistent with either content popularity, or the potential future advertising streams related to that particular site or content.
Error

Used content does not trigger a "hit".

Details

You may have content that people are looking at and copying, but have no indication the material is popular. For example, one of my blog entries was copied, but there is no "hit" in the popular section of Feedburner, despite known links in del.icio.us.

Theoretically, if someone visits a page to copy it, it should get a "hit" in the popularity section. It doesn't happen.

Feedburner provides stats on the number of hits you get to a specific blog or feed-entry. However, content known to be "hit" does not trigger a "hit count". You may have people reading your content and feed through "other links" like in Del.icio.us, but the register doesn't change in Feedburner.

Go to "Content Popularity (Item-Level Stats)", and look at the Rank and Clickthroughs.

Click-throughs: the exact number of individuals and bots which have requested a specific content item in your feed Ref
Analysis

Sample sizes of one require additional analysis. Moreover, the disconnect [between actual views and reported views] skews the analysis on what is popular, and what steps bloggers might take to tailor their content to a specific audience.

Remains to be seen what the scope of the "invalid hit reports" is and the degree to which content providers are using this incorrect information to generate advertising revenues.

At this point, I have doubts the "reported hits" are necessarily consistent with either content popularity, or the potential future advertising streams related to that particular site or content.
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