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Feedburner Plugin 2.1 – Keeping Track of All of Your Syndication Needs

Yesterday I created a weblog post where I was announcing elsua’s new look (Oh, by the way, do not forget to check the About document as you would be able to see an updated page with some further details about me along with some fancy new design. Love it!) and today I thought that I would share with you one really good hat tip on how you can get the most out of your syndication needs by making extensive use of Feedburner as part of your own weblogs. For quite some time now I have always wanted to find a way to get some statistics on the number of readers who are actually getting my content syndicated through different methods, RSS, Atom, Yahoo, BlogLines, etc. etc. For some time now I have been using Feedburner as well to shed some light along those lines and give me some partial numbers of the total readership through syndication.

And just recently I found out that instead of having to mess up with different files like .htaccess and the like there is this awesome WordPress plugin that actually does everything for you really easy and without you having to worry about anything else than just installing and activating the plugin itself.

Check out Feedburner Plugin 2.1, created by Steve Smith, over at orderedlist. What a fantastic WordPress plugin! You just basically install it in your own server like you would do with any other plugin (Check out the instructions directly available in this link), then activate it and you are ready to go. Of course, you would need to configure it under the sub-tab Feedburner from the Options menu, but I am sure that by now you would have already got one profile at Feedburner, like I do. And from there onwards you can just watch the total feed count grow larger and larger.

I remember how before doing this Feedburner was actually capturing 62 syndication hits and after installing the plugin the current hit count at the time of writing this weblog post is 216. Yes, indeed, 216! More than triple the amount of original feeds tracked !

Fantastic ! I am really excited about this because I never thought that I had so many other readers subscribed via RSS, Atom and whatever other feeds and the fact that I can now get Feedburner Plugin 2.1 to do that job for me is just wonderful! A huge time saver! A special thanks to Steve for putting together such a fine piece of work, and, most importantly, for sharing it with all of us! Well done !

(Oh, and don’t forget to check some of the other goodies that Steve has been putting together. You may find something else worth while checking further and playing around with. I already did!)

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  1. Hello Felix ! Thanks a lot for dropping by and for the feedback comments ! Welcome to elsua!

    Regarding your question above it is actually a plugin called Sociable and which I weblogged about it in the past over here. Over there you would be able to find the URL address of where to download it and how to configure it for your favourite social bookmarking services. All in all it takes well under 5 minutes to set it up and running.

    Have a look and let us know if you run into any trouble while trying to install it. Hope that helps.

  2. Hi – is there a plugin that would make this accessible to users?

    In particular because I run wpmu and that offers multiple themes, I would have to edit every theme to make this feature universally available.

    Thanks, M.

  3. Hi Martin ! Thanks a lot for the feedback comments and for dropping by ! Welcome to elsua!

    I am not sure if there would be a plugin available for multiple users of the same blogging platform, i.e. WordPress Mu. I must say that I haven’t seen it working just yet, so I am not sure it would work the way you are looking for. However, I am hoping that perhaps someone out there who may have been able to install WordPress Mu successfully would be able to chime in and help out. In my case, and for the case of running a single weblog on WordPress I just had to install the plugin, activate it and off it goes. I haven’t looked into the details of whether it would work on WP Mu. You may want to check it out with the plugin creator and see if they would be willing to work on it. I think it would be really useful for us all, so I cannot see a reason why it may not be implemented at some point in time.

    Thanks again for the feedback and the link and good luck with the hunt!

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