09 January 2005

XML Funnel: A System to channel all your link-, site-, and feed-hits through a single point

Site hits. Feed counters. Multiple feeds. Incompatible.

Where are the hits coming from?

Right now, you track the hits from a feed. Pretty nice.

Small problem. Let’s say you have updated feeds. One is Atom. Another RSS. A third is Google-Blogger direct atom. And fourth, just for grins, is a 2RSS feed.

Multiple feeds. But you have to figure out who, if anyone, is reading your feed.

Current capabilities

The short terms solution that Feedburner offers is to offer you some nifty code to combine all your feeds into a single stream into Feedburner.

There’s a problem with this for MoBloggers [those people who are Mobile Blogging on their cell phones] as they don’t have the architecture and end-stuff to save and download this code.

Plus, the other problem is that direct hits to your website don’t show up. You know they’re looking at content [but there are not hits in the feed-counter], since your content has been read, linked-to, and copied, but there’s nothing showing up on the “popular pages”

XML funnel: Meshing all the feeds and hits into one site tracking system with simple code saved to the blog template

What’s needed is a single system that allows a MoBlogger to have a simple way to on-line direct all their feeds into one counter; and ensure that even the direct-site hits show up in Feedburner.

A. The code needs to be something that can be cut and paste to the webpage;

B. And once the blog-owner claims their site, then Feedburner should also be able to count the information, or have a simple code that ensures the Feedburner tracks the individual hits that have nothing to do with an individual feed.

C. All the feeds should be one that be centrally tracked;

D. There should be no requirement to have hardware support; bloggers should not have to save code to hardware and then transfer it. The code should be something that is standalone on the internet, require not external support, and be something that is simply an on-line link between Blogger and Feedburner.

XML Funnel Summary

1. All the various feeds for a single site get funneled into one ping-connection to Feedburner

2. All the site hits go to one location regardless origin or feed.

3. The end-user claims the blog with Feedburner, and all non-feed related hits are also tallied in a separate section. This permits the Feedowner to know whether they are getting more traffic from feeds or non-feeds [like Google, direct blog-hits, and non-feed related stuff].

4. No requirement to upload and save code to one’s harddrive or another server. Rather the code is cut and paste from feedburner, pasted to the website, and any architecture-hardware support is built into the Feedburner support system.
Site hits. Feed counters. Multiple feeds. Incompatible.

Where are the hits coming from?

Right now, you track the hits from a feed. Pretty nice.

Small problem. Let’s say you have updated feeds. One is Atom. Another RSS. A third is Google-Blogger direct atom. And fourth, just for grins, is a 2RSS feed.

Multiple feeds. But you have to figure out who, if anyone, is reading your feed.

Current capabilities

The short terms solution that Feedburner offers is to offer you some nifty code to combine all your feeds into a single stream into Feedburner.

There’s a problem with this for MoBloggers [those people who are Mobile Blogging on their cell phones] as they don’t have the architecture and end-stuff to save and download this code.

Plus, the other problem is that direct hits to your website don’t show up. You know they’re looking at content [but there are not hits in the feed-counter], since your content has been read, linked-to, and copied, but there’s nothing showing up on the “popular pages”

XML funnel: Meshing all the feeds and hits into one site tracking system with simple code saved to the blog template

What’s needed is a single system that allows a MoBlogger to have a simple way to on-line direct all their feeds into one counter; and ensure that even the direct-site hits show up in Feedburner.

A. The code needs to be something that can be cut and paste to the webpage;

B. And once the blog-owner claims their site, then Feedburner should also be able to count the information, or have a simple code that ensures the Feedburner tracks the individual hits that have nothing to do with an individual feed.

C. All the feeds should be one that be centrally tracked;

D. There should be no requirement to have hardware support; bloggers should not have to save code to hardware and then transfer it. The code should be something that is standalone on the internet, require not external support, and be something that is simply an on-line link between Blogger and Feedburner.

XML Funnel Summary

1. All the various feeds for a single site get funneled into one ping-connection to Feedburner

2. All the site hits go to one location regardless origin or feed.

3. The end-user claims the blog with Feedburner, and all non-feed related hits are also tallied in a separate section. This permits the Feedowner to know whether they are getting more traffic from feeds or non-feeds [like Google, direct blog-hits, and non-feed related stuff].

4. No requirement to upload and save code to one’s harddrive or another server. Rather the code is cut and paste from feedburner, pasted to the website, and any architecture-hardware support is built into the Feedburner support system.
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