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feedburnerIn the grand tradition of Google acquisitions, Feedburner's TotalStats and MyBrand 'PRO' services are now free, though you still have to manually upgrade each feed to these extra features. TotalStats 'PRO' level allows you to track Item Views and Reach. MyBrand lets you switch feeds.feedburner.com/feedname with feeds.yourdomain.com/feedname.

For more information, including how to enable: Feedburner for Everyone

BoingBoing'd: unimpressed

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I got a lot of traffic yesterday (to cooling a six-pack) from BoingBoing and it wasn't nearly as much as I thought it would be. It was secondary traffic, mind you, in one of the "Update" link sets, but it only generated about another 1,000 visitors to the site, which didn't even double my traffic. A third-order Slashdotting -- getting a link from the Slashdot comments section -- is just as effective.

Update: hmm, maybe I'll have to retract my "unimpressed." According to Feedburner, my subscriptions to MythBusters went from 17 to 85. 66 of subscribers are listed as Firefox Live Bookmarks, which seems odd to me, so I'll have to see if that one holds up.

Update: I'm no longer using MeasureMap, which seems to be abandonware now that Google bought them

If you read your status bar carefully, you've probably noticed that this site is instrumented up the wazoo with various trackers. I've been using mybloglog, Google Analytics (Urchin), and awstats in combination to maintain this site. I also occassionally use stats from Google Sitemap and Feedburner, though more out of curiousity.

  • Google Analytics: where people are going and how well I'm retaining them
  • mybloglog: what links people are interested in
  • awstats: historical data and bandwidth data from my Web server logs.
  • Feedburner: what RSS readers people are using, how many people are subscribed, and what recent posts are popular
  • Google Sitemap: what search terms pull up kwc.org, what search terms people actually click on to visit kwc.org

When my server suddenly starts bogging down, as it did during Valentine's Day due to this puzzle, Google Analytics and/or awstats can usually point the finger. When I try something new with a MythBusters episode summary, mybloglog can often tell me if visitors are actually interested in that part of the summary, though only if that data makes it into the top ten links summary that mybloglog reports.*

I've found something I think is much better than mybloglog. MeasureMap does what mybloglog does, but much, much more. It will tell you what % of your posts are being visited, it does a better job of telling you where visitors came from, and it provides data far beyond the top ten that mybloglog gives you for free. It's also visually much more appealing and without some of the display and data bugs I've encountered with mybloglog.

I've had an invite for MeasureMap since December, but I forgot about it when I went on vacation and was only recently reminded of it again with the news that MeasureMap was bought by Google, just as the purchase of Urchin got me on Google Analytics. Most of my traffic comes via Google searches, so it may be appropriate that Google properties are responsible for most of my site tracking. Where's the competition?

* Paid versions of mybloglog give you data beyond the top ten

Feeds, feeds, and more feeds

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I've added some new feeds for those that prefer consuming this site in feed form. I've been eyeing feedburner for awhile, and it seems like they've managed to keep adding improvements to what, at its heart, is a very simple idea. I've taken this as a good sign for the service, so I've finally given into the luxury of having my blog, flickr, del.icio.us accounts all aggregated into a single feed. Rather than force you all to consume every bit of content I create, I have created four separate feeds that you can subscribe to depending on your tastes: