I love FeedBurner for tracking subscriber stats. I don’t like the limited views for my stats in their dashboard (the last 1, 7 or 30 days or all time). Blog Perfume has released a free tool for charting your FeedBurner stats that offers a few more time period options.
To use it you’ll need to enable the Awareness API for your feed. If you use the Feed Count badge on your site, then Awareness is already enabled.
Keep in mind that enabling Awareness opens up your stats to be used by developers in a tools such as this chart of Top 100 podcasts from Podfeed.net. If you don’t want to leave your feed stats open to developer scrutiny, you can temporarily enable Awareness, use the Blog Perfume tool and then disable Awareness again.
To enable Awareness on a FeedBurner feed:
- Login to your FeedBurner account
- Click on the name of the feed you want to enable it for
- Click on the Publicize tab in the nav bar at the top
- Click on Awareness API in the buttons on the left side
- Click the Enable button
One creative use for this tool is to analyze the stats of another blog or podcast–perhaps one you want to advertise or partner with. If they have Awareness turned on, you’ll be able to analyze see the history of their stats.
Try it yourself. Let me know if it provides you any particularly interesting insights about your stats.