How To Fake Your FeedBurner Count And Get 2500 Subscribers Over Night
August 5, 2008
Huh? Now they‘re out faking FeedBurner stats? Oh no!
Yes. People are out inflating their FeedBurner count. Last time I showed you guys how people fake their AdSense earnings. This time it’s the number of readers blogs have. Everyday that goes by something new pops up. Someone always finds a way to cheat the system.
It seems all you need to do to fake your reader count is create an OPML file, add your feed’s URL as many times as you want separated by lines, then all that’s left is to import it to NetVibes. Every line that has your feed’s URL counts as one reader. Isn’t that something?
This is extremely easy to do and it means you can literally go from 40 readers to a couple thousand over night. That’s not cool. I hope FeedBurner takes care of the issue before it gets out of hand.
The guys over at TheNextWeb found out about this and made a video showing you exactly how it’s done. Check out the video to better understand:
This does nothing but make it easier for sites to make themselves look credible when they’re not. Before this came along the only way to manipulate your reader count was by either copying someone else’s or by creating a bunch of email accounts.
But none of the ways made it as credible as this one. With this OPML file stuff people can actually use a screen-recorder to show their FeedBurner account and trick people into believing it’s their real count–but it’s not.
Hopefully FeedBurner will soon fix the problem.