Feedburner Freaking Out = Profit?

written by BlogEx on January 18, 2008 in Blog Monetization and Blogging with 30 comments

Many bloggers logged onto their site today and were astonished by the number of subscribers Feedburner was reporting for them. I’ve read accounts of blogs going from 300 to 3,000 and over at ProBlogger the count went from 41,000 to 100,000! The glitch has been tracked down to FeedBlitz reporting drastically inflated numbers something which will likely be fixed shortly. So, if you’re feed numbers are through the roof, don’t get too excited just yet.

However, there is a way that you could potentially profit from this whole thing if your feed numbers have been affected. I must admit it’s a bit borderline ethically, but I’ll leave that determination up to you.

The method is rather simple really, update your listings on any sites such as ReviewMe or SponsoredReviews etc. that use RSS subscriber numbers as a measure of your site’s value. ReviewMe for example has a link that allows you to force them to reevaluate the value of your site. SponsoredReviews doesn’t have this option but a quick email to publisher support would probably take care of it. Since your numbers are temporarily inflated, there’s a good chance your site will be deemed more valuable.

Like I said, this probably won’t sit well with all of you but others might view it as simply being industrious or capitalizing on an opportunity. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, I figured you might want to know that it’s an option. Enjoy!