Feedburner and Blog Subscriptions

According to my Feedburner account there are currently 2,542 people who subscribe to Civil War Memory via RSS Feed (the vast majority through Google Reader).  That seems like a pretty good number to me, but at the same time I am told that I “Reach” 0 people.  What is Reach? “Reach is the total number of people who have taken action — viewed or clicked — on the content in your feed.”  So, am I correct in assuming that my RSS readers never click through to view the blog or is there a problem with this statistic?  What am I not understanding about RSS Feeds?

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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7 comments… add one
  • Steve Olechowski May 5, 2009 @ 4:21

    Kevin – in order to track Reach, you must turn on “Item Views” in “Configure Stats” on the Analyze tab. I would also recommend turning on “Item link clicks” so you can see how many people click through from the feed to your site.

    • Kevin Levin May 5, 2009 @ 5:27

      Thanks Steve. I will definitely look into that.

  • Kevin Levin May 4, 2009 @ 6:00

    Google recently bought Feedburner so I am wondering if they are still working to get things in order. Anyway, it’s nice to know that people are clicking through. It seemed pretty ridiculous.

  • Adam Arenson May 4, 2009 @ 5:43

    I also click through — like when I want to comment.

  • rhapsodyinbooks May 4, 2009 @ 4:46

    I click through all the time.

  • The History Enthusiast May 4, 2009 @ 3:26

    Hmm…I don’t know about the statistics, but I do click through occasionally. Probably nine times out of ten, though, I just read it through GoogleReader.

    • Kevin Levin May 4, 2009 @ 3:32

      Thanks. This would suggest that there is something wrong with Feedburner.

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