RSS Feed Subscription Bonanza Was Fool's Gold…Bummer!

Imagine the unbridled joy last night as RSS publishers went to bed absolutely giddy over massive boosts in RSS subscriptions to their website or blog. Too bad it wasn't real. RSS feeds are a critical measure of website's popularity and the impact of marketing. An increasing feed subscription count can be a key metric, speaking to the success of search marketing efforts-or not.

My company blog, aimClearBlog, jammed from our normal RSS subscription count to around 2700 subscribers in about 3 hours, resulting in our opening a slightly better bottle of wine than usual as congratulations emails from supporters trickled in.

Popular RSS to email-blast subscription service FeedBlitz is to blame. The subscription tally is getting back to normal though the FeedBlitz subscription count is still somewhat inflated.

Similar reports are rolling in from all over the Internet. The phony Feed count bonanza is covered in this support posting from FeedBurner.

About the author

Marty is author of "Killer Facebook Ads" (Wiley/Sybex 2011) and CEO of aimClear, an online marketing agency that has managed Facebook ad campaigns generating over 10 billion impressions internationally. Client credits include MarthaStewart.com, Siemens, Second Life, Budget Direct, and other global brands.

He’s written extensively for respected Internet marketing trade publications and been quoted in many others. aimClear Blog has been cited as among the Technorati Top 10 Small Business Blogs, Cison Top Ten Social Media Blogs, PRWeb’s 25 Essential Public Relations Blogs You Should Be Reading, and listed in the AdAge Power150.

A fixture on the international conference circuit, Marty speaks regularly at Search Engine Strategies (SES). Marty founded and produces the aimClear Full Day Facebook Marketing Intensive Workshop.

He has been described as “not your typical agency type.” A “social media maverick” and “more innovator than follower.” aimClear has become internationally recognized for its work in demographic research, especially as pertains to search, Facebook, and LInkedIn.

Marty and his aimClear team specialize in paid and organic search and social online marketing. aimClear’s services include blended search and social demographic research; search engine optimization (SEO) technical and semantic audits, analytics monitoring, and consulting; pay-per-click (PPC) audits, setup, testing, and ongoing management; online reputation management (ORM) dashboard configuration and ongoing monitoring; social media marketing consulting and data-driven community management; public relations; and copywriting.