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Can Feedburner’s StandardStats Lead the Way to Better Internet Traffic Ranking?

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Feedburner has launched a new service that tracks both site traffic and RSS subscribers in one place. While many publishers use one service (such as Site Meter) to track on-site page views and another to track RSS subscribers, this is the first time a comprehensive service has been offered that allows publishers to get a bird’s eye view of all site visitors in one place.

Publishing 2.0 is forward-looking enough to posit a future where we can finally drop the vocabulary that often confuses conversations about how “popular” a site is and move to “a new metric called ‘content views,’ which is agnostic to where or how content is viewed.”

Achieving a standard definition of measuring how many people view a website would have profound repercussions for online media companies. Conversations between publishers and advertisers would be vastly simplified, for one. A new wave of services that rank sites according to content views could also then potentially emerge to compete with and perhaps surpass the likes of Alexa’s traffic rankings.

While most people seem to respect Alexa’s rankings, no one really likes them or agrees that they’re anywhere near accurate. This uncertainty can affect things such as site valuation, funding, business development deals, advertising, and so on. A quick Google News search brought up this anguished plea: “Alexa.com’s indexing of website popularity is fatally flawed. All you need to do to verify this is compare your own internal website analytics with the tracking provided by Alexa.”

A common definition of site traffic coupled with a standard way to measure all of the ways that people view Internet content –- and Feedburner is in the best position to do this for the time being –- may open the door to a better way to rank Internet traffic.

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  • http://www.lawntennisnews.com/ manfred

    hey thanks man,

    I am going to try this stuff out right now :D

    And yes alexa is flawed but yet many advertising companies such as Adbrite make use for it.

    Maybe some other company could challenge Alexa in the future with their stats.

  • http://blogcritics.org The Critic

    Excellent summary of all that’s provided.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com/ Eric Berlin

    If Alexa can’t develop a more accurate ranking system, I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone else overtake them in a year or two, and perhaps much sooner than that. There’s just too great a need for this kind of information.

    And thanks Critic!