Libsyn Advanced statistics offers a range of different breakdowns from general download numbers to episode level social tracking, geographical data, and more. These breakdowns are available with the $20 level plan and higher.
To get started, click the button on the menu on your Libsyn dashboard.
Selecting the Date Range
Right at the top of the page is the option to set the date range you want to view, the amount of unique downloads in that date range, and the total number of unique downloads for the show.
Clicking on the calendar icon will allow you to select the date range of data you wish to view.
Note: If your show was created prior to November 1st, 2017, please note that the stats system will only display data from November 1st, 2017 going forward. This is due to changes in stats calculations outlined here.
Overall Unique Download Counts
The star references the percentage of total unique downloads. In this example, the date range selected includes 11.8% of all the unique downloads received.
Note: For shows who opened prior to November 1st, 2017, a blue clock icon will appear as shown above. Clicking on that will provide you with your legacy download count, your unique download count, and a combined total.
Downloads by Day
Hovering your mouse over each handle (dot) on the line will give you the download count for that day. Clicking on a handle will open up a list of the episodes downloaded on that day, and how many unique downloads that episode received on that day.
Downloads Per Episode
This table outlines all episodes that have data, and shows how many unique downloads those episodes have had during the selected date range. Clicking the button on the far right for an episode will allow you to see episode specific data.
Downloads Per Destination
Anywhere you can publish content to via Libsyn is considered a destination. For example, your RSS feed is a destination, your HTML5 media player is a destination, your Podcast Page is a destination, Twitter is a destination, these are all places you can configure for your episodes to go to.
Libsyn can track stats and break it down by most destinations.
If you click or tap on any one of the destination bars, additional details regarding the downloads for that destination will pop up.
Each destination will provide a daily download graph just for that destination, a bar graph showing downloads in recent months for that destination, and what user agents have been used to download from that destination (see the User Agents section below).
Downloads by Country
Our statistics can provide you with a full breakdown of geographic information for your show. This shows you what country, region/state, or city/market your listeners are all coming from.
Roll over the heat map to see how many unique downloads came from different geographic locations. Click on a specific country to view a zoomed in map of that area for more granular detail.
Click Table View in the upper right hand corner to see the data laid out in a table.
Downloads Per User Agent
A user agent is a program that is used to access something on the internet, be it a web page or a media file. If you have a website and have ever looked at your web site statistics, you likely will have seen a user agent associated; however, for websites a user agent is usually a web browser such as Firefox or Safari or Internet Explorer.
For podcasts and media files, user agents can expand on that list to include iTunes, iOS/iPhone apps, Android apps, Stitcher, and so on. These aren’t web browsers, but they are programs that are used to subscribe to, download, and/or listen to your content.
Is it a Legitimate Download?
It is important to keep in mind, when looking at user agents, that not every user agent is backed by a human. If your user agent is iTunes, it is a sure bet that there is a listener using iTunes to download and listen to your podcast.
However, there are some user agents that are bots, programs written to scan the internet for content. Some bots are legitimate, usually stemming from search engines such as Google or Bing to find content on the internet and make it searchable. Other bots are benign, meaning they don’t serve a largely known purpose, but also don’t hurt anything – they just are. Occasionally, there is a bad bot that causes high amounts of traffic and serve no good purpose. The latter appears rarely, and often gets caught by filters, but reviewing your user agents can help you analyze your numbers further.
If you are using Libsyn to push your episodes to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, Libsyn can pull back some stats regarding those social networks and your posts.
Note: There is no correlation between views, retweets, likes, average time watched, and your download numbers. A YouTube view or a Facebook view is not included as a download in your overall download numbers as they are two separate entities. These views are streams from those services, whereas your download numbers are traditional downloads from podcasting outlets.
Everything at the show level is also available at the episode level, and much of what is available at the episode level is available at the media file level. To get there, use the menu on the left hand side.
You will be presented with a list of your available episodes which you can select from.
Similar to show level stats, you can view general, geographic, technical, and social sources.
The stats interface currently has two themes, Dark and Light.
The light theme can be seen below:
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