I spy with my little eye

Tuesday 05 February at 1100 | Posted in Blogroll, Lifestyle, Personal | 9 Comments

I have just recently found out how I can tell how many people are using certain Aggregators to read my blog.

This is mainly for those who like to know blog stats and numbers.

Unfortunately there isn’t one single place you can go to to get all the feed numbers for your site, you have to visit each aggregator and get the numbers one by one.

The two major web ones at present are Bloglines and my personnel favourite Google Reader, and both have easy ways of being able to tell how many people are using their own web application.

Both are pretty straight forward, although I think for the Google one you NEED a Google account.

For Bloglines, you just head over to their website, change the search type to “Search for Feeds,” enter in the first part of your blog name, ie ‘theboywholikesto’ and hit search and voila…

4 subscribers via Bloglines.

If you have a Google account you just need to head over to Google Reader, I don’t think it matters whether you have set up a Google Reader account, I think Google automatically set it up for you once you have a Google account.
To find out how many readers are using Google Reader all you have to do is click on “Add Subscription” again type in the first part of your blog name, ie ‘theboywholikesto’ and hey presto!

17 subscribers via Google Reader.

There we have it.
Obviously this is just two aggregators out of hundreds of different ones like I say. It’s just the two major web ones.

Of course you can also type in the name of your friends blogs and check out your stats compared to theres and see who is most popular out of all your friends.

For example I can tell that Olly over at Electric Pig has 5 subscribers via Google Reader. Which I think is a mighty shame as Olly is one of the blogs I have regularly read over the last, coming up to 5 years now, and his adventures in Japan have been pretty awesome. As well as his updated when necessary features about the wonderful and strange tastes of Japanese chocolates and McDonalds.
If you like gorgeous photos of foreign lands I highly recommend you check out Electric Pig.

Unfortunately Google or Bloglines don’t tell you whois RSSing you though. That you’ll have to guess.



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  1. Well, that’s handy! I’m on 3 and 6 respectively. PEOPLE LOVE ME.

  2. If you’re that interested. I’m one of the 17

  3. I’m one of the 4!

    (The best one)

  4. I’m another one of the 17, my ego is the other 15 🙂

  5. Strangely, I’m not one of the feed people on your blog, as I’ve never really understood how to use them! I still check all the blogs I like everyday anyhow though…thanks for your comments about the blog – has it really been five years since the early days of 20six?…crumbs!

  6. Boy thats a great start, you’ve not been at blogging long either. Good work!

    Cha0tic Dom thanks for your supportski. It’s always nice to know.

    Jo Bloglines? Really? I’m sure you are the best one of the four aswell. Your my personal favourite of The Four.

    Olly you really should try out Google Reader. All you need to do is put in the link of the blog and Google reader automatically finds the feed and subscribes you. Then you can just read all your blogs from one place.
    No worries about the comment, its always been a pleasure reading your entries. And yeah, almost 5 years. My first 20six entry was June 03. I never deleted my 20six blog so everyone can still read my hazy days of being a wiley young 20 something and partying away. Crazy times.

  7. Yeah get Google reader Olly.

  8. This is a FABULOUS TIP!


    For the life of me I cannot find my own blog…

  9. Miss A, that is strange. It comes up for Bloglines but now Google Reader. The only thing I can see that might be causing that problem is that you are using feedburner for your feeds. But you should be able to see your subscriber numbers through feedburner instead I think?

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