RSS Readers: Where Are You Going?

I’ve noticed over the last three weeks that my RSS subscription rates seem to be dropping. I haven’t looked at any of the details yet, but I assume this is at least in part because of my decrease in content lately, as well as my focus on longer posts over the last while, but I really would love to know why people aren’t subscribed any longer, so if you are a current subscriber thinking of saying goodbye, or have already hit the unsubscribe button, I would love to hear why you left, and what you’ve replaced me with.

Has removing Xfep from your daily reads given you time for one more sip of coffee, or have you traded me in for a blog higher up on the 45n5.com/top100 list?

5 thoughts on “RSS Readers: Where Are You Going?

  1. Kevin

    I actually noticed that myself David. Although your posting frequency has decreased a little, you have still been posting enough to keep people interested. You certainly haven’t did anything that would warran unsubscribing so im unsure why this has happened.

    Whats your feedburner graph like? Can you see a large decrease in subscribers in any one day/

  2. James Mowery

    On the contrary, I actually just subscribed to you.

    David, over the past few months, I have noticed FeedBurner taking drastic drops. I noticed a drop in several hundred readers within one day on Performancing.

    I don’t believe it has anything to do with the actual number of subscribers, but maybe FeedBurner is making adjustments? Perhaps they have an algorithms that finds subscribers that are no longer active?

    Not really sure, but I highly doubt you are losing as many subscribers as you might think.

    I’m actually hoping you will do a “Best of XFEP” type post soon so I can catch up on XFEP’s best pieces.

  3. Andre Kibbe

    I’m new here, so I don’t know if you’re experiencing a steady decline or an abrupt one.

    One day last month the number of subscribers I had dropped by nearly half overnight. It took me a few days to figure out that Feedburner, for whatever reason, wasn’t recognizing feeds from Google Feedfetcher (e.g. iGoogle and Google Reader). A couple of days after identifying this, the Feedfetcher statics were automagically restored.

    So unless you’re looking at analytics that explicitly report unsubscribes, you might want to compare the pie chart of feed readers currently accessing your RSS vs. the period just before the decline.

    By the way, I just subscribed to yesterday, so I had nothing to do with it!

  4. WTL

    Perhaps it has to do with the trend these days for people to drop all but a few RSS feeds from their reader.

    Doing so always seemed rather elitist to me – I’m follow about a hundred blogs and news sites and it takes me a few minutes to review the content and pick the articles/posts I want to read, so I cant see what the big deal is. Although I suppose if you were following a thousand sites, that is probably a different ball of wax.

    Keep up with writing good, relevant content, and they’ll come back.

    Out of curiosity, what has your web traffic done?

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