FeedBurner or Bloglines – one of you is lying to me!

16 Jul

Often times I check the # of bloglines users subscribed to a feed. A quick and dirty way to estimate how popular the feed is overall.

Bloglines that Blog X (which we own) has 236 subscribers. Feedburner on the other hand says 680. I understand there is some variation (especially between Sunday and Monday), but this is a bit more than that.

Anyone have a clue what is going on?

4 Responses to FeedBurner or Bloglines – one of you is lying to me!


engtech @ IDT

July 19th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

No one uses Bloglines anymore.

Everyone has switch to Google Reader.

On average most sites have 56% Google Readers.

34.7% of your 680 readers using Bloglines makes sense to me.

Or are you saying that FeedBurner says that 680 people are reading through Bloglines, while the Bloglines number is only 236?

My FeedBurner shows 740 total readers, 65 from Bloglines.

Logging into Bloglines the same number 65 shows up.



July 20th, 2007 at 12:02 am

Yeah you got it right in the latter part :)

The site actually has ~5000 subscribers as reported by FeedBurner. But FB says ~700 subscribers from bloglines, and Bloglines says ~250. So something is off.


Stefan Juhl

August 7th, 2007 at 11:20 am

Ahmed, could it be that there’s multiple URL’s for the feed?

In my experience, the subscriber count reported by bloglines seems to be for each unique URL. And only one of the URL’s will be the one for which the feedburner count comes from.

E.g. here on techsoapbox your feed can be accessed on http://www.techsoapbox.com/feed/ and http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechSoapbox where bloglines reports 2 subscribers for the first, and 30 for the later.



August 7th, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Perhaps that would make sense – if the discrepancy wasn’t so massive. 236 vs 680 is a huge huge difference.