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feedburnerIn case you installed the free and famous Wordpress and are wondering how you can track the usage of the RSS feed, get a feedburner account. The next step according to feedburner is to get the wordpress widget, but that is not the best option. It takes you time to download, unzip, upload and configure.

Recommended way to track Wordpress RSS usage

  1. Register your two RSS feeds at feedburner.
    You can find the regular RSS locations from your wordpress website. It’s often in the footer. (yourPage/feed/ and yourPage/comments)
  2. Download your .htaccess file with your favorite FTP client
  3. Open the file with notepad
  4. Add the lines below and upload the modified file

# redirect all wordpress feeds to feedburner
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
 RewriteEngine on
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}      ^/?(feed.*|comments.*)        [NC]
 RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !^.*(FeedBurner|FeedValidator) [NC] 
 RewriteRule ^feed/?.*$          http://feeds.feedburner.com/yourMainFeed [L,NC,R=302]
 RewriteRule ^comments/?.*$      http://feeds.feedburner.com/yourComments [L,NC,R=302]

Verify that the redirect is working by F5-ing your site and clicking on the RSS link. It takes a while before the statistics are visible on the feedburner page.

Good luck blogging!

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Comment by Clinton Gallagher @virtualCableTV

Using FeedBurner because it is --free-- imposes hidden costs for those using it as its use enrichens Google at the user's expense.

FeedBurner makes it virtually impossible to access the RSS XML literally preventing any other use of the feed with any other software.

Most -free- software metaphorically speaking is like contracting a sexually transmitted disease: it feels good intially but it comes at a great cost for the rest of your life.

I've been wondering why PHP developers do not mod WordPress to generate a mirrored instance of the RSS XML so the XML can provide even greater opportunities.

Clinton Gallagher @virtualCableTV