So what do you get with the app? Well that depends. Almost all of the features are free. This includes daily statistics and RSS reader data. As you can see from the graph, I’ve only been using the service since April 4, so there’s not a lot of data. But hovering over a day displays a breakdown of feed traffic including Direct, Newsletter, RSS Readers and Other. I mentioned at the top of the article that I don’t currently offer email subscriptions or a newsletter, so it wasn’t a concern. URI.LV does offer a newlsetter feature, but I haven’t tried it out, so I can’t say how well it works.
If you decide to become a paid subscriber (see the Features page for a handy table) you get all the free features with the addition of Weekly Analytics, Display tracking, Clicks tracking, Emails and Webhooks, and a Full JSON API (vs a JSON file on free accounts). I’m still on the free tier, but depending on what I decide to do with the API, I’ll probably buy the subscription soon. At $24/year, its really a no-brainer. Besides, paying for a valuable service is a good way to ensure it sticks around.
So as I mentioned, I’m still pretty new to the service, but it looks very promising. What I think will be really interesting is to see what happens to RSS reader traffic when Google Reader dies this summer. Right now “Feedfetcher-Google” is the easily number one in my list of RSS readers. Let’s hope people find a good alternative. For the record, I’ve switched to Feedly.
I mentioned above that I wanted to try URI.LV with Status Board. Well it turns out the free version of URI.LV offers a daily updated json file that’s compatible with Status Board (as mentioned on the Features page). Kudos to the developers for baking it right in.