Do you remember that post I made last year on getting more feedburner subscribers?
If you don’t here is the link, check it out before you read this post
In this article we are going to use the same trick which we used in the above linked article, so make sure you read it first before you proceed to this one
In that tutorial I gave you a simple tip to get more feedburner subscribers; I told you how to show fake feedburner feedcounts to encourage more subscriptions
This is a nice trick for bloggers to get more subscribers by fooling their readers but none of you want to be fooled by a blogger
That’s the reason I don’t use that trick on Inside Tech Tricks, I want to be honest to all my readers and being honest is the only way I can win your trust. Right?
Now if you have a suspicion on a blogger that he is showing fake RSS feed count on his blog and you want to reveal his trick to the world then what could you do?
How can you know that the feedcount he is showing is original or not?
There are two ways you can differentiate between fake and original feed count
Method No. 1
The first way is simple; it just needs some logical thinking
A blogger cannot achieve thousands of subscribers in a month or a year, unless he already owns a super popular blog and he is advertising his blog (which most of them don’t do)
The first thing you need to look at is the blog, look at the blog’s design, is he using a professional looking theme, check out the about page, check out his social media profiles and after analyzing ask yourself one question
Can he have 100k subscribers?
If you don’t think he can, then there are high chances that he is showing you a fake feedcount
One of my friends wrote a similar kind of post on identifying fake giveaways, check it out here
You can also confirm you verdict by using the below method which accurately shows you the number of feedburner subscribers a blog has
Method No. 2
This is the method for which I asked you to read that post
If you have read it let us continue
The first thing you need to do is go a RSS search engine to find out the actual feedburner URL of that blog
You can use the CtrlQ.org RSS search engine, that’s the best and simple one which I could find
Now in the search bar copy the following code
Replace examplesite.com with the URL of the site whose feed count you want to check
Here I am going to search the feed count of my blog
In the results page it will show you the original feed URL of that blog
Click on the RSS feed URL and it will redirect you to the feeds page,
Here I am using feedburner so my feed URL will redirect to my feedburner feeds page and if the person is not using feedburner then this will not work
In the feeds page look at the URL bar
It would be something like
Here in this case it is
note down the feedburner username of that blog somewhere, we are going to need it later
Now comes checking it
Copy the below code in notepad
<html> <head> <title> Inside Tech Tricks Rocks!!! </title> <body> <p><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/theinsidetechtricksblog"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">feedburnerusername</span></strong>?bg=000000&amp;fg=c0c0c0&amp;anim=0" height="26" width="88" style="border:0" alt="" /></a></p> </body> </html>
Replace feedburnerusername with the original feedburner username of the blog you are checking
Save this file as anyname.html (you need to save it in the HTML extension)
Make sure you are still connected to the internet and open this file in any web browser
You will see a small feedburner feedcount chicklet appearing in the corner of the page, that chicklet would be showing the original feedcount of the blog you want to check
Now you may check whether that blogger is showing you the original feedcount or not
You may try it with any blog using the same method, if you want to know the feedcount of my blog then here it is
It is the original one, you may check if you don’t believe me
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Who knows maybe your favorite blogger is fooling you by showing you a fake feedcount?
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