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Dear Experts,

I have rss feeds on my site which can be accessed by complient readers using urls as follows

http://www.narmi.com/external.php?category=1
http://www.narmi.com/external.php?category=2

and so on.

How do I count the number of people who have subscribed to these feeds?
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You could write the unique addresses of the computers requesting that page to a database and possibly add more information to it (last access time, counting times user accessed that page).

Kind regards,

Matthias Vance
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You can get the data from the apache-logs. But that will show how many times they are accessed, not the number of subscriptions.

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I've tried looking at the apache-logs but I can't figure it out.  Is there a way to count all unique ip addresses accessing the rss files from the logs?
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yes there is. but the best is probably to get a decent web log analysis program, like awstats. Because dealing with raw apache logs is not fun at all...
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From your question I assume you have a MySQL server running, if so, just log the details there.
Saves you a lot of hassle with the log files.

Kind regards,

Matthias Vance
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True, but it does not let me check the subscriptions which have already taken place.
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It will add them the next time they try to update their feed.
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Apparently it can be done with google analytics.  Can anyone please provide more information?
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