A few months ago I switched my Feedburner account over to Google in order to try out their AdSense for feeds program (not on the WP Hacks feed, but only on a few sites I run that convert well with AdSense). At the time, doing so was strictly voluntary. According to a few reports I’ve been reading around the blogosphere the past couple days, it looks like everyone who hasn’t already moved their feeds to Google will be prompted to do so in the very near future.
Is this a good thing? I suppose there are some advantages to having your feeds on your Google account. So far the only problem I’ve run into since making the switch to Google’s Feedburner is the Feedcount WordPress plugin I was using, which no longer works with the new setup. I went in and hacked the plugin code a bit to try to get it work, but it still wasn’t working with the new setup.
Anyone else having any problems since switching your Feedburner account to Google?
You’ve probably noticed that with our last redesign of this site, we switched from displaying the Feedburner widget to instead displaying our actual Feedburner feed count.
Back in May of 2008 I wrote about the FeedCount plugin, which is a WordPress plugin which allows you to easily display your WordPress feed count to your readers. Basically you just activate the feedcount option in your Feedburner feed and activate the Awareness API, then upload and activate the Feedcount WordPress plugin, and then enter your feed information into the dashboard option panel and you are done.
If you’d prefer to instead build the code directly into your WordPress theme, Joost De Valk of Yoast.com recently published a great post providing the code you need to show off your Feedburner count. The code is incredibly easy to integrate into your theme and also includes caching so you won’t overload the Feedburner API.
When Should You Display Your Feedburner Count?
This is a question that doesn’t really have a correct answer, but I’ve always found it interesting to hear others thoughts on this topic. I personally have always felt a good round number is 500 and I’ve had several people tell me that when they are considering subscribing to a feed, 500 is the number that they look for as a mark of a good blogger. 500+ subscribers generally shows that people like your content.
Do you look at a blog’s feed count before subscribing to a feed?
It has become quite the blogging trend lately to display your Feedburner subscribers. Some may think it is an ego thing, but really I think most people do this as a strategy to attract new subscribers. I know many people that auto-subscribe to any blog they stumble upon that has 500+ subscribers, so this is often a very good strategy for a blogger than has already built up a following. On the other hand, if you have less than 200 subscribers, it is probably best not to display the chicklet until you have reached the 200 subscriber benchmark. Otherwise it could have the opposite effect on your blog where people don’t subscribe due to your smaller following.
If you are someone that likes to display your subscriber count on your WordPress blog, but you don’t want to use the Feedburner chicklet, WordPress now has a plugin available called FeedCount. This plugin allows you to display your Feedburner count and style it to look they way you want it to look via CSS. Here is a sample of how the plugin can look with the right styling to blend into your theme:
I personally like the Feedburner chicklet just fine, and it is nice and compact, but I have to admit I’ve seen some very nice designs using this plugin.